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The Best of BP&O — Books & Magazines of 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Books & Magazines of 2018

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 books and magazines published on BP&O in 2018. Highlights included Bedow’s haunting work on Who Protects Me From Violence, Fredrik Værslev As I Imagine Him by Zak Group andStudio Mut’s book on New Architecture in South Tyroll. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series.

This feature brings together those book and magazine projects that find a synergy between content and form, and often develop the notion of pretext further, published on the site during 2018 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong and appropriate concept, structure and form with a compelling graphic and material response. These are BP&O’s favourites, and are presented in no particular order.

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The Best of BP&O — Packaging of 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

2018’s package design highlights included Commission’s work for Unfolded, Here Design’s packaging for Riso Duomo and Base Design’s copy-led approach to the packaging of Garden 13. 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, structure, type, print finish and occasionally mechanism and sequence in a distinctive and memorable manner, and hint at an interesting story. There are those that are esoteric and luxury, and others that are playful and universal. In their collation, they collectively show the creative opportunities avaiable to designers. These are BP&O’s favourites and are presented in no particular order.

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Vega Scene by Metric

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, icons, signage, wayfinding, posters and website design by Metric for Oslo-based cultural venue Vega Scene

Vega Scene is space for food and culture located on the river Akerselva in the centre of Oslo. It features three film screens, a theatre, debate lounge, an organic and sustainable cafe and a wine and cocktail bar. Vega Scene sits within an area of urban culture, features a distinctive exterior of burgundy concave panelling and vertical slats, and a visual identity of colour blocking, arrows, monospaced typeface and motion designed by Norwegian studio Metric. This visual identity links posters, neon signage, wayfinding and website, and also moves across the surface of the building.

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