Opinion by Richard Baird.
島の土 / Island of Soil is an organic fertiliser created to help develop good quality soil and draw out and compliment the natural power of the land. The range is made using livestock feces and processed vegetable scraps from animals raised and produce grown on the Japanese island of Awaji. It comes in two varieties, a poultry manure and sawdust mix, and a rapeseed oil cake and powder mix, both packed in two sizes, a large 15kg bag and smaller 500g bag. These will be sold through large agricultural retailers as well as small gardening shops.
Island of Soil’s packaging was created by Osaka based studio UMA. It features an unbleached card interior and a bleached and printed paper exterior, closed with a copper split pin and has a bold typographic and iconographic approach to its graphic design.
F. Ménard is a Canadian pork producer and butcher with a family heritage that dates back fifty years. Their visual identity, developed by brand and packaging design specialist lg2boutique, creates a seamless fusion of a past and present – traditional service values alongside contemporary high standards – through the union of vintage and contemporary photography, the utilisation of digitised, early 20th century typeface and a flat, economical colour palette cohesively executed across a variety of collaterals.
Blanca is a ‘dairy hub’ created to ‘mediate between two extreme poles of the industry; [milk] production and [consumer] knowledge’ and to ‘produce honestly, think critically and consume responsibly.’ Based around a simple stencil cut logo-type solution executed with a monochromatic simplicity and subtle craft cues, Blanca’s visual identity, developed by Barcelona-based brand and graphic design agency Lo Siento, manages to infuse and visually convey the disparate perceptions of commodity and care.