The Very Best Design of 2018 — BP&O

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Tangent GC Hand Cream by Carl Nas Associates, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging by London-based Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's range of organic and perfumed hand creams

Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to ensure longevity, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The company’s graphic identity, a simple typographical expression, designed by Essen International, delivered a sense of informational immediacy through the absence of superfluous stylistic detail and colour, yet divide content and drew out a distinction in the arrangement, orientation and typesetting of Akkurat Mono.

As Tangent GC ventured into the organic personal skincare market they worked with London based Carl Nas Associates to build out the visual language laid down by Essen International. This new phase saw the studio pair a similar approach to skincare packaging with a launch campaign of dynamic image (stills and animation) for the soap range which made a connection to the brand’s beginnings, visualising fragrance as swirling fabric.

For Tangent GC’s latest product, a perfumed organic hand cream, Carl Nas Associates begin to introduce new form and material language through an exposed aluminium tube, and continue to play with contrast, creating a launch campaign that features warm and detailed illustration by celebrated airbrush artist Syd Brak, the man behind some of the 80’s best-loved Athena posters.

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Dr Jart+ by Pentagram, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging and graphic identity by Pentagram partner Paula Scher for specialist skincare brand Dr Jart+

Dr Jart+ is a South Korean skincare brand that formulates its various ranges to tackle specific conditions, and derives its name from the positioning phrase “Doctor Joins Art”, an articulation of the brand’s unique fusion of dermatological science and art, presumably, something along the lines of pragmatism combined with creative leaps.

The balance between the psychological and physiological components of skincare—internal feelings and external sensation, the aesthetic and the remedial—are touched upon, alongside practical considerations such as a spacial sensitivity, shelf impact and range fragmentation, in the design of Dr Jart+’s new packaging and graphic identity, developed by Pentagram’s Paula Scher and team.

The design currently links Dr Jart+’s Ceramidin creams and liquids, which were launched in South Korea during 2017 and are due to roll out internationally in 2018, but will go on to include other ranges. These will share the same form language, but will be differentiated by colour and material.

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Sumer And The Modern Paradigm by Clase bcn, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Graphic identity and print by Clase bcn for exhibition Sumer And The Modern Paradigm

Sumer And The Modern Paradigm is an exhibition at Barcelona’s contemporary art gallery Fundació Joan Miró, and runs from 28th October 2017 to 21st January 2018. It intends explore and attempt to explain the influence of Mesopotamian art on modern artists, with a particular focus on the interwar period. The exhibition analyses work produced between the twenties and forties, takes a look at the documentation of Mesopotamian art that modern artists encountered and were inspired during this time, and looks to find the reasons for their fascination with the discoveries of ancient Near East artefacts. This relationship between between antiquity and modernity is expressed through the graphic identity of the exhibition, designed by Spanish studio Clase bcn, using a contrast of form and colour. This links a variety of printed communications and merchandise that included posters and flyers as well as tote bags and books.

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