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4B Arkitekter by Commando Group, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for 4B Arkitekter by Norwegian graphic design studio Commando Group

4B Architects is an architecture studio with offices in Oslo, Norway, an experienced team and a holistic approach. It has a particular interest in low energy and sustainable projects, and has built a portfolio of restorations, public, cultural and commercial buildings, private housing and outdoor spaces. The studio’s team of founding partners (from its inception in 1971) and a generation of younger designers allows the studio to balance a long-established professionalism with fresh thinking and innovation.

Scandinavian graphic design studio Commando Group recently worked with 4B Architects to redesign its visual identity in a way that would work across and unite a variety of print based and digital platforms, and would communicate its innovative and dynamic nature.

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K. Apeland by Bielke&Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by Norwegian graphic design studio Bielke&Yang for engineering consultancy K Apeland

K. Apeland is a Norwegian independent civil engineering consultancy that specialises in construction technologies, and applies its experience to new builds, remodelling projects and renovation. It has a favour for steel-wood and concrete structures, which has won the consultancy a number of awards, and has a broad portfolio that covers public infrastructure, private offices and housing, as well as viewing platforms, roads, bridges and quays.

Alongside a name change, shortened from Dr. techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, K. Apeland worked with Oslo based graphic design studio Bielke&Yang to create a new visual identity system. This extended to business card, letterhead, folder, poster, envelope, notepad and grid paper design, with a new website to follow shortly.

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MOS Architects by Studio Lin, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity, print and promotion by Studio Lin for New York based architectural practice MOS.

MOS is an American architectural practice that mixes playful experimentation with serious research. The practice, as it exists now, following two years of what seems to be an informal approach, was established in 2005, and has worked through a range of design experiments it describes as a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts on what the practice would be building in the future. MOS now has a broad portfolio that includes institutions, housing and retail, installations, furniture, essays, software and film.

MOS Architect’s brand identity, developed by New York based Studio Lin, has a stripped down aesthetic with an intentionally generic quality that uses on-demand printing processes to cover promotional pieces, request for quote documents, publications, stationery and business cards.

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O/O Brewing by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for O/O Brewing by Swedish graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist

O/O Brewing is a high-end craft brewery, set up in 2011 by Olle Andersson & Olof Andersson, with premises in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. O/O worked with Scandinavian graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, who had created labels for a variety of other O/O beers, to develop new packaging for their brews. The studio revised and simplified the design system from earlier releases but continued to embrace a collaborative approach with artists and designers. This article was updated February 2017 to include O/O Brewing’s latest releases.

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