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Freewheel by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and brand identity by New York based graphic design studio Collins for Freewheel, a wi-fi only mobile phone service

Freewheel is a dedicated Wi-Fi only mobile phone service launched by American cable television company Cablevision. Freewheel allows people to break free from contracts by providing unrivalled communications accessibility without large and expensive data plans and hidden fees. This is made possible by a network of over a million Wi-Fi hotspots.

Freewheel’s egalitarian intention and connectivity is effectively expressed by its visual identity, created by New York based studio Collins, through a unifying flag-based graphic device, which then expands into a bold, dynamic and multi-coloured visual language of lines and intersections and a similarly styled logotype. These go on to link print communication, packaging and website with a youthful and empowering quality.

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Latin American Design Festival ’16 by IS Creative Studio, Peru

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Latin American Design Festival 2016 by IS Creative Studio

The Latin American Design Festival is an organisation that promotes Latin American Design internationally and looks to highlight the social potential of design using lectures, workshops, exhibitions and complementary activities. This year’s festival, as with previous events, took place in the Peruvian city of Lima, with guest speaks that included Stefan Sagmeister, Yuko Shimizu and Stockholm Design Lab.

IS Creative Studio, who worked on LADFest’s 2015 visual identity, continue to collaborate with the festival, delivering a system that, in contrast to last year’s grids and neon inks, favours moments of irregularity, fewer colours, the flourish of a metallic gold and the urban and utilitarian qualities of spray paint and stencil cut type. This extends across a variety of print communication that included posters, lanyards, programmes, flyers, presentation graphics and signage.

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Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and packaging for craft beer brewer Forgotten Boardwalk by Perky Bros

Forgotten Boardwalk is a New Jersey microbrewery producing uniquely flavoured, year-round and seasonal craft beer. It was set up by Jamie Queli, one of the youngest female brewery owners in the US, and draws its name from the folklore of the Jersey Shore Boardwalk. This is the foundation of an extensive new brand identity, designed by Tennessee based Perky Bros, which brings to life the sideshow oddities, historic events and darker side of the boardwalk’s past through quirky and well-realised illustrative detail and storytelling component. This runs across cans and growlers, business cards, coasters and tap handles.

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