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The Best of BP&O — Studios of 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Studios of 2018

This year, there has been a wealth of studios, both established and emerging, producing intelligent and visually and materially compelling work. New to BP&O in 2018 was Studio Najbrt from the Czech Republic and Studio Mut in Italy.

This post, the penultimate—also check out Packaging of 2018Graphic Identities of 2018 and Books and Magazines of 2018—is made up of studios that had four or more features on the site over the last year. Small single studios sat alongside those that are larger and have multiple offices. These all share a conceptual, graphic and material interest as well as a commitment to documenting and sharing projects.

Five studios stood out for the range and extent of their work, and their balance of concept, clear communicative intention and compelling aesthetic and material expressions, and have made it into BP&O’s Best of Series. These are some of BP&O’s favourites, listed in no particular order.

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Strandgut – Vasas Flora Och Fauna by Bedow

Opinion by Richard Baird

LP and CD packaging design by Bedow for Vasas Flora Och Fauna's album Strandgut

Vasas Flora Och Fauna is a Finnish indie pop-group and trio of musicians. Their new album Strandgut is made up from eleven songs taken from the band’s first two albums, which were then re-recorded in German. This was released on both LP and CD by the record label Startracks. Swedish design studio Bedow worked with Vasas Flora Och Fauna to create the packaging for Strandgut. Referring to the album’s title, jetsam in English, this features a series of figures/sculptures that have been built from maritime debris found on the beach. This is complemented by a custom typeface of drawn and ribbon-like letterforms.

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The Best of BP&O — Graphic Identities of 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

2018 was a great year for graphic identity design. Highlights included Collins’ bold and evocative work for technology festival PopTech, the cheerful riso-printed approach taken by Spy for Hackney Forest School, and Fabio Ongarato Design’s work for 85 Spring Street. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong strategic approach and interesting concept with a compelling aesthetic and communicative intention. Between them appropriately play with photography, colour, texture, layout, form, type and print finish. These are BP&O’s favourites and are presented in no particular order.

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