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STRP Biennial 2015 by Raw Color, The Netherlands

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding by Raw Color for Dutch art, technology and experimental pop culture festival STRP 2015.

STRP brings together art, technology and experimental pop culture, and connects these to a broad audience, and through its light art, interactive art and robotic performances, lectures, workshops, music and film events, offers a glimpse into the future. This culminates with the STRP Biennial, an indoor art and technology festival that provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the extent to which new technology reaches into popular culture, the arts, and their everyday lives. This year’s biennial took place in Eindhoven, hosted over 29,00 guests, and featured a visual identity created by graphic design studio Raw Color which covered a variety of print communication including brochures, posters and business cards.

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Pressbyrån by Bold, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging, bags and illustration by Bold for Swedish convenience store Pressbyrån

Pressbyrån is a Swedish convenience store with over 300 locations nationwide, and one of the country’s most recognised brands. It retails fresh pastry, sweets, coffee and hotdogs, alongside groceries, public transport tickets, magazines and papers, amongst a few other things. Stockholm based graphic design studio Bold worked with the store to create new packaging for its range of consumable products with the intention of distinguishing and uniting a variety of categories.

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Basement Theatre by Studio Alexander, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Basement Theatre by graphic design agency Studio Alexander

Basement Theatre is an independent, underground, community theatre located on Auckland’s Lower Greys Avenue. It was established in 2008 as a place to showcase new voices, fresh perspectives and emerging young talent, and to provide these with the space to develop their performances. The theatre has played host to dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, comedians and everything in between.

Taking their cues from the unique basement location, and a brief that called for a bold, playful and edgy identity, Studio Alexander built a system around a simple but smart logotype with a step component, the impact of fluorescent inks, tinted photography, rotalics and plenty of contrast.

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Loving Earth by Round, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Loving Earth raw chocolate by graphic design studio Round

Loving Earth is an Australian business, established in 2007 by Scott Fry and Martha Butler, that produces a variety of chocolates, snacks, cereals, butters and spreads. All of Loving Earth’s products are made from high quality, organic and fairtrade ingredients, and include ranges that are gluten, grain, dairy and sugar-free. Although taking advantage of a growing multi-million dollar industry, Loving Earth’s values are grounded by a genuine passion for environmental sustainability and individual well-being, rather than wealth, which is expressed, at length, online.

Loving Earth worked with Melbourne based graphic design studio Round to redesign its raw chocolate packaging. This replaces a low impact but earthy design with one of visual interest that effectively uses colour, form and type to make a better and more compelling connection with raw ingredient, emphasises flavour profile and secures a far more idiosyncratic quality.

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