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Huckleberry Roasters by Mast, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging for Colorado coffee roaster Huckleberry by Mast

Huckleberry is a Colorado based coffee roaster established in 2011 by Koan Goedman and Mark Mann. Huckleberry recently worked with local graphic design studio Mast to rework their packaging in a way that would make the most of some well-established assets (which included Mackey Saturday’s distinctive wordmark) and would add more of the personality of its founder’s. This was achieved through the introduction of bright spot colour, geometric pattern alongside hand drawn wordmark, playful copywriting, and a naming convention based on Goedman and Mann’s personal musical inspirations.

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FR-EE by Pentagram, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and stationery with fluorescent spot colour detail for architectural studio Fr-ee designed by Pentagram Natasha, United States

Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) is an architecture and design firm with offices in New York and Mexico City. The firm was founded by award-winning architect Fernando Romero, and is recognised internationally for their work on projects such as the new Mexico City International Airport and Museo Soumaya. FR-EE worked with Pentagram partner Natasha Jen, plus team, to help them capture and convey their innovative and pioneering spirit and democratic approach, through a new brand identity system. This went on to include business cards, stationery, brochure and web design.

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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 brightly coloured visual texture 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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