The Very Best Design of 2018 — BP&O

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Center for the Study of Political Graphics by Blok

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and poster design by Canadian studio Blok for The Center for the Study of Political Graphics

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) explores the enduring power and immediacy of the political poster in the fight against inequality, their capacity to acknowledge and bring to light the injustices and atrocities of the world, and through their archival, keep alive the stories, voices and controversies that they have come to represent.

CSPG worked with Canadian studio Blok to develop a graphic identity that would honour the role the centre serves as a chronicler and catalyst, reflect its position as a participant in the fight for human rights, leave space to frame and connect the graphic and bring to light the diversity of their political poster archive.

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Strömma Arkipelag by 25ah, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity by 25ah for residential property development Strömma Arkipelag

Strömma Arkipelag is a new residential property project from Swedish developer Innovation Properties, and located in between the inner city and outer archipelago of Stockholm. Strömma Arkipelag offers a unique intersection of modern living spaces and an unspoilt rural environment, with the two interlinked by large windows and a material commonality. This relationship is also expressed by the development’s graphic identity, designed by 25ah, through colour, print finish, illustration, photography and a bold typographical gesture.

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Riso D’uomo by Here Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Branding and packaging by London-based Here Design for Milanese artisan rice brand Riso D'uomo

Riso D’uomo is a Milanese Carnaroli rice brand, cultivated from the same stock over hundreds of years, and grown within sight of the historic Duomo di Milano. Carnaroli is often referred to as ‘the king of rice’, and is known for its high-quality nutritional properties, cooking consistency and a ‘bite’ that makes it ideal for risotto.

Taking inspiration from Riso D’uomo’s provenance, specifically the ornate marble floor tiles of Duomo di Milano, Here Design developed a graphic identity for the brand that draws a striking aesthetic response from a combination of type, colour and illustration. This serves to differentiate, whilst also touching upon origin and the historical continuity of the stock.

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