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The Best of BP&O — December 2017

Selected by Richard Baird.

Best Branding & Packaging December 2017

As BP&O closes out the year we took a look back at some of the stand out work from 2017. These included our favourite Graphic Identities, Packaging, and Graphic Design and those Studios that had three or more features.

This final “Best of” picks out BP&O’s highlights from December with the intention of recognising projects that display a smart use of small budgets—those that channel spending into the most appropriate assets—and those with a broad and holistic quality, establishing a continuity (conceptual and/or visual) across multiple touch points.

Also, BP&O continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts. A new addition to this was Logotypes, which has been updated throughout December to include over 30 examples selected from the graphic identity projects featured on the site since 2011.

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The Best of BP&O — Studios of 2017

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Studios of 2017

This year, there has been a wealth of studios, both established and emerging, producing thoughtful and compelling work. New to BP&O in 2017 was former Snask Art Director, now freelance Art Director & Designer, Jens Nilsson, Hong Kong and Melbourne-based Fabio Ongarato Design and Scandinavian studio Frank.

This post, the last of four—also check out Packaging of 2017Graphic Identities of 2017 and Graphic Design of 2017—is made up of studios that had three or more features on the site over the last year. Small single studios sat alongside those that are larger and have multiple offices in terms of conceptual, graphic and material interest, and a commitment to documenting and sharing projects.

Four studios stood out for the range and extent of their work, and their balance of concept, clear communicative intention and compelling aesthetic and material expressions, and have made it into BP&O’s Best of Series. These are some of BP&O’s favourites, listed in no particular order.

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The Best of BP&O — Graphic Identities of 2017

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Graphic Identities of 2017

2017 was a fantastic year for graphic identity design. Highlights included Bedow’s work for Swedish photographer Gustav Almestål, Mast’s graphic identity for Colorado Springs coffee shop Loyal Coffee, and Fabio Ongarato Design’s work for Melbourne-based Japanese restaurant Kisumé. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong strategy and interesting concept with a compelling aesthetic and communicative intention that, between them, appropriately play with photography, colour, texture, layout, form, type and print finish. These are BP&O’s favourites, and are presented in no particular order.

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