Freigeist was a popular concept within 18th Century German literature and journalism. It was used to describe those who believed that thinking should not be constrained by certain fundamental and non-contestable values, traditional ideas and established channels of distribution. The concept of the “free-spirit” and of free-thinking is also a recurring theme within Nietzsche’s own philosophy. Although, at first glance, the Freigeist concept may appear as lacking complexity, Nietzsche found a philosophical significance within it. To him, it was more than an invocation towards individuality and the subversion of expectation but the search for and liberation of a spirit. In this third issue of Freigeist, conceptualised, designed and edited by Richard Baird and published by BP&O, the search for that spirit continues in the form of a lecture-turned-zine. This lecture was delivered to the Falmouth MA Graphic Design program in 2020.
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Text by Richard Baird.
Oji is a sushi brand of firsts. It is the first in New Zealand to use fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging and the first to use all free-range products. This is a significant move forward and marks the brand out from well-established competitors. Oji opened in New Zealand with two locations in Auckland’s Commercial Bay, a place where they source their salmon, with the intention of franchising and developing smaller service station, mall and food court concessions in the future.
With a desire to attract attention, to be recognised as a fun and memorable brand and differentiate it from other sushi chains in the country, whilst channelling something of the Japanese culture, Oji worked with Seachange to create its brand identity. Following a trip to Japan, and inspired by colliding worlds of tranquility, craft and refinement, vibrancy, neon and pop, the studio developed a visual language of character and characters. These boldly link the biodegradable packaging with interior graphics, menus, signage and website.
In this four-part series I offer some thoughts on generating and deploying ideas. This post, as with others, is an experiment. An attempt to push BP&O more towards theory, alongside the format of the review, to speculate with the intention of helping readers to generate new ideas. Rather than being dogmatic, these posts are an invitation to consider how your own ideas are formed, and a provocation to look at other ways of catalysing the process.