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Monachus Distillery by Bedow

Text by Richard Baird.

Logo and packaging design by Swedish studio Bedow for Croatian small-batch gin distillery Monachus

Atop of Croatia’s Istria peninsula, just where the land slips into the Adriatic sea sits the tiny small-batch gin distillery of Monachus. Stone shores, botanical covered hillsides, the smell of pine and scattered pin cones characterises the landscape. Drawing on this, the natural history of Istria and the name Monachus, borrowed from Monachus Monachus an endangered Mediterranean monk seal, Swedish design studio Bedow created a visual identity and labelling for the distillery.

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BP&O Collections — Business Cards No.17

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Very Best Business Card Designs 2020

A collection of distinctive business cards designed as part of a broader brand identity programme, reviewed and published on BP&O. Between them, these bring to light how colour, type, form, layout and contrast, as well as material choice and print finish, contribute to a distinctive and expressive visual identity.

This set includes fluorescent ink, dyed papers and folds, illustration and striking pattern. Featured studios include Order, Bond and Spin. Click through to get a sense of how these fit within a broader brand identity program and the communicative intentions that underpin aesthetic choices.

This post was published as a quick way to browse through BP&O’s content and gain access to older but equally interesting projects through different themes, and expands upon previous posts under the category BP&O Collections. If you liked this check out – Business Cards No.16Business Cards No.15, & Business Cards No.14, or subscribe to this series here.

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Northzone by Ragged Edge

Text by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logo, business cards, newsprint and website for early stage venture capital fund Northzone designed by Ragged Edge

Northzone is an early stage venture capital fund with the insight necessary to cut through the hype of funding and recognise strong teams doing good work. From their offices in London, Stockholm and New York they partner with founders at Seed, Series A and Series B stage across Europe and America. London-based Ragged Edge worked with Northzone to create a brand identity that would put founders before figures, and position boutique venture as the aspirational choice. Based around truth over hype and character over the size of an investment opportunity, Ragged Edge developed a visual language that evokes that of the editorial. This manifests itself through a bold logotype/masthead, dynamic layouts informed by stories, and an intelligible tone of voice. This links mobile and desktop digital experiences and printed surfaces such as business cards, newsprint, posters, book and invitations.

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Erik Berglin: The Bird Project by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Text by Richard Baird.

Book Design Inspiration – Erik Berglin: The Bird Project by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Erik Berglin is Stockholm-based contemporary artist. His work is flows from his understanding that some people find the art gallery uninviting and uncomfortable, and the artworks displayed as requiring insight to really appreciate. He himself has said that he dislikes 90% of the exhibitions he visits but adores the 10%. This clearly informs his work, which often brings the unexpected into the urban space or uses modern technologies to subvert the familiar. There is a beauty and playfulness to his work, an appealing aesthetic, but also an idea, an aha moment, for those that want to look deeper.

Beauty and the unexpected are central to Berglin’s The Bird Project. Over the last twelve years, having studied birds from antique books by the likes of J.J Audubon, the artist scanned pages from ornithology resources found in antiquarian bookshops and libraries and printed birds out at their actual size. He spent time with a scalpel and scissors carefully cutting these out and then wheat-pasted them in urban contexts around the world, documenting these as he went. From start to finish, a total of 4982 birds were wheat-pasted in twelve cities over five continents. These have been brought together in a new book, ‘The Bird Project 2006-2017’ designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist and published by ll’Editions. This is a 208 page hard back book 207×280mm in size. It features 101 plates printed using a process that substituted regular CMYK colours of the offset printing process with fluorescent alternatives. The book is also available as a special edition of 30 copies, which were divided into three sets of ten books. Each is presented in fluorescent acrylic glass slipcase with an inkjet print, signed and numbered by the artist.

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