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The Best of BP&O — Studios of 2016

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Studios of 2016

2016 has been a great year for new brand identities and packaging. There have been a wealth of studios, well-established and fledgling, producing some fantastic work. New to BP&O this year was UK studio Zak Group, Copenhagen-based Kontrapunkt and New York studio Triboro.

This post, the last of four—also check out Packaging of 2016Brand Identities of 2016 and Graphic Design of 2016—is made up of studios selected from those that had three or more features on the site over the last year. Small studios were listed alongside those with multiple offices in terms of quality and a commitment to documenting projects.

Four studios stood out for the diversity and extent of their work, and their balance of concept, clear communicative intention and compelling aesthetic. These have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series, a feature that regular readers will probably now know brings together the most interesting, unexpected or unusual projects published on the site for another opportunity to be seen and shared.

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The Best of BP&O — Brand Identities of 2016

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best Brand Identities of 2016

2016’s brand identity highlights included Franklyn’s work for Kimski, which featured some playful and idiosyncratic illustrative detail, Triboro’s colourful imagery for New York restaurant Sauvage, and Sagmeister & Walsh’s brand identity and mural for Otium. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series.

This feature brings together the most interesting, unexpected or unusual projects published on the site in 2016 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong concept with a compelling aesthetic and communicative intention that, between them, appropriately plays with photography, colour, texture, layout, form, type, print finish and on one occasion, also extends to interior design.

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The Best of BP&O — Graphic Design of 2016

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Graphic Design of 2016

A new end-of-year feature for BP&O as the site intends to build out its reviews to include work beyond branding and packaging. This looks to cover individual brand assets new to established brand identity systems, and other pieces such record sleeves, posters, campaigns, books and wayfinding. Although only a few of these made it onto the site in 2016, this was an increase on last year, with five of these really standing out, making it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. This feature brings together the most interesting, unexpected or unusual graphic design projects published on the site during 2016 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong and appropriate concept with a compelling aesthetic that hold up individually or sit well within an pre-established brand identity system.

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The Best of BP&O — Packaging of 2016

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Very Best Creative Packaging Design of 2016

2016’s package design highlights included Bond’s work for Allsorts Black & White Edition, Bielke & Yang’s packaging for Solrug and Stockholm Design Lab’s boxes for Víspera Coffee. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. This feature brings together the most interesting, unexpected or unusual packaging systems published on the site during 2016 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong and appropriate concept with a compelling aesthetic that, between them play with image, colour, texture, layout, form, type and print finish. What were your favourites of 2016?

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