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The Best of BP&O — Graphic Design of 2017

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Graphic Design of 2017

As BP&O continues to build out its reviews to include work beyond graphic identity and package design we take a look back at the campaigns and catalogues, books and magazines published on BP&O in 2017. Highlights included Bedow’s work for Anna Bjerger, Collin’s campaign for Exploratorium: After Dark and Toko’s design for Maven Publishing’s Chasing The Sky. 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 graphic design projects published on the site during 2017 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong and appropriate concept with a compelling graphic and material response that hold up individually or sit well within an pre-established graphic identity system. These are BP&O’s favourites, and are presented in no particular order.

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The Best of BP&O — Packaging of 2017

Selected by Richard Baird.

The best packaging design featured on BP&O in 2017

2017’s package design highlights included Commission’s work for Old Spike, B&B Studio’s packaging for Brewdog’s Lone Wolf and Kontrapunkt’s refinement of Carlsberg’s Black Gold. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong and appropriate concept with a compelling graphic and material response. Between them, these play with image, colour, texture, layout, form, type and print finish in a distinctive and memorable manner, and hint at an interesting story, convey something of the personal or provincial, and make the most of association. These are BP&O’s favourites, and are presented in no particular order.

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The Best of BP&O — November 2017

Selected by Richard Baird.

November’s highlights included Jens Nilsson’s work for furniture and interior designers Maldini Studios, Architects Accreditation Council of Australia by Toko and Neue’s graphic identity for Den Norske Filmskolen. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong singular concept, or an appropriate confluence of ideas, with a compelling visual character and clear communicative intention that appropriately plays with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.

BP&O, in this end of month review, tries to recognises both the smart use of small budgets—those that channel spending into the most appropriate assets—and those projects with a broad and holistic quality, establishing a continuity (conceptual and/or visual) across multiple touch points.

Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. New additions to this were Tote Bags, Multi-coloured and Posters. Updated projects in November included Manual’s graphic identity for Fort Point Beer Co. and B&B Studio’s packaging for Brewdog’s Lone Wolf.

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