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Konserthuset Stockholm by Kurppa Hosk, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, stationery and posters by Kurppa Hosk for cultural institution Konserthuset and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Konserthuset Stockholm is home to the internationally recognised Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and is described as one of Sweden’s most famous and important cultural institutions. Graphic design studio Kurppa Hosk worked with the institution to create a brand identity that would integrate the corporate aspect of venue, one of iconic status and significant cultural legacy, with the passion and dynamism of the orchestra it plays host to. This is achieved through imposing typographic scheme, colour palettes, use of grids and a logo that gives physical gesture graphic form. Brand identity links a variety of assets. These include stationery and business cards, bags, programs, posters, ad campaign, signage and website.

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Brewdog Abstrakt by O Street, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging designed by O Street for limited edition craft beer concept Abstrakt from Brewdog

Brewdog’s Abstrakt is a limited edition craft beer concept that has released 20 different varieties since it began in 2010. Each beer is bottle-conditioned (bottled with a small amount of yeast, providing further fermentation and maturation), brewed and released just once, individually numbered and known only by their release code. It is a concept described as more art than beer, as boundary pushing and blurring the line between categories.

Graphic design studio O Street worked with Brewdog to create a new brand identity and packaging system for Abstrakt, informed by its creative, limited edition concept, flavour varieties, individually crafted nature and the use of release codes rather than names. This is expresses through colour, typography, print finish and structural design.

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London Design Biennale by Pentagram, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, print and stationery by Pentagram partner Dominic Lippa for London Design Biennale

London Design Biennale is the world’s first purely design-focused biennale from the team behind London Design Festival. It will take place between the 7th and 21st of September at Somerset House. The theme of this year’s event, Utopia by Design, will include entries from 37 countries. These intend to interrogate the history of the utopian idea, engage with some of the issues faced by humanity and suggest possible design-led solutions, all in honour of the 500th Anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s political philosophy classic Utopia. Entries will be judged by The London Design Biennale International Advisory Committee and Jury, composed of leading creative design experts worldwide.

London Design Biennale features an impactful and thoughtful brand identity designed by Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa and team, informed by his decade-long relationship with the London Design Festival. This included wordmark, printed collateral and signage based around an expanding and contracting visual device, a bright orange ink and strong typographical contrast.

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