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Víspera Coffee by Stockholm Design Lab, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging created by Stockholm Design Lab for Víspera Coffee, a range of 100% Arabica beans sourced from the high altitude plantations of Columbia.

Víspera is premium coffee brand that intends to bring together the best of two worlds, a blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans sourced from the high altitude plantations of Colombia and a Swedish eye for quality and craftsmanship in its roasting. This meeting is visually articulated through type contrast, colour and pattern across Víspera’s packaging, developed by Stockholm Design Lab.

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Erik Penser Bank Cookbook by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Cookbook Christmas gift by Bedow for Erik Penser Bank 2016

Erik Penser Bank provides its clients with independent financial advice and a high-level of personal service. While large banks do provide similar services, Erik Penser Bank is Sweden’s only dedicated private banking business.

Professionalism, experience and an individualised service practice is expressed throughout the bank’s visual identity, created by Swedish studio Bedow, in the personable and less corporate association and aesthetic qualities of a new monogram. This then informs some distinctive pictograms, is paired with a custom typeface and set across uncoated papers and boards.

Bedow continue to work with Erik Penser Bank, drawing its brand identity across a Christmas gift for the bank’s clients; a cookbook that holds eighteen recipes from the resident chef. Titled Matnyttiga råd, this is a limited edition 130×210 mm hardbound book of 32 pages with a green fabric cover and a white block foil print finish.

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Tangent GC Soap by Carl Nas Associates, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Campaign image by London-based Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's latest range of organic soaps

Tangent GC is a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intend to ensure longevity. The company’s brand identity, a simple utilitarian typographical expression, designed by Essen International, delivered a sense of informational immediacy through the absence of superfluous stylistic detail and colour, dividing content in the arrangement, orientation and typesetting of Akkurat Mono.

Venturing into organic personal skincare, Tangent GC worked with London-based Carl Nas Associates to build on the visual language laid down by Essen International, with a similar approach to packaging, whilst introducing a beta version of Akkurat Mono Bold and a launch campaign of dynamic image that makes a connection with the brand’s beginnings, visualising fragrance as swirling fabric. This post was updated October 2017 with more campaign and packaging images as TangentGC launch new products.

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