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Black Estate — Circuit by Toko, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Black Estate's wine range Circuit designed by graphic design studio Toko

Circuit is a 2014 Pinot Noir and 2015 Pinot Gris range from New Zealand’s Black Estate, a Vineyard run by The Naish Family and located across three hillsides in the Waipara Valley, an area of North Canterbury with clay and clay-limestone soil. Black Estate worked with Australian graphic design studio Toko on the branding and packaging of these two new wine varieties which extended across labels and boxes.

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Fort Point Beer Co. by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Fort Point Beer Company by San Francisco based graphic design studio Manual

Fort Point is a San Francisco-based small batch craft beer company that references traditional styles yet is firmly rooted in the present, and has a philosophy that values craftsmanship and innovation, creativity and technique. In 2015, working with local graphic design studio Manual, Fort Point launched a new graphic identity and packaging system to unite its expanding range.

Fort Point’s forward-thinking, fast-growing and innovative nature, but also its acknowledgement of traditional processes, recipes and craft, as well as its location—not far from Fort Point National Historic Site and overlooked by the Golden Gate bridge—plays out across its packaging. This is characterised by the current favour for monolinear and geometric illustration, a flexible and expanding modular arrangement, engraved type and an unusual mix of girders and landscapes, the natural and the industrial. This post was updated November 2017 with new images, and shots of Fort Point’s latest brews.

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C( )T( ) – Typojanchi 2015 by Studio fnt, South Korea

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for C( )T( ) – Typojanchi 2015 by Studio fnt, South Korea

Typojanchi is an international biennale that looks to explore the various intersections at which visual language meets culture, politics and the economy. Its forth event, which took place between the 11th November and the 27th December 2015 in the South Korean city of Seoul, was based around the themes of, and relationship between, cities and typography. This is communicated within its naming C( )T( ), and throughout a visual identity created by Studio fnt which extended across posters, stickers, signage, invitations, tote bags and postcards.

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