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Tangent GC Hand Cream by Carl Nas Associates, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging by London-based Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's range of organic and perfumed hand creams

Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to ensure longevity, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The company’s graphic identity, a simple typographical expression, designed by Essen International, delivered a sense of informational immediacy through the absence of superfluous stylistic detail and colour, yet divide content and drew out a distinction in the arrangement, orientation and typesetting of Akkurat Mono.

As Tangent GC ventured into the organic personal skincare market they worked with London based Carl Nas Associates to build out the visual language laid down by Essen International. This new phase saw the studio pair a similar approach to skincare packaging with a launch campaign of dynamic image (stills and animation) for the soap range which made a connection to the brand’s beginnings, visualising fragrance as swirling fabric.

For Tangent GC’s latest product, a perfumed organic hand cream, Carl Nas Associates begin to introduce new form and material language through an exposed aluminium tube, and continue to play with contrast, creating a launch campaign that features warm and detailed illustration by celebrated airbrush artist Syd Brak, the man behind some of the 80’s best-loved Athena posters.

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Ki Sunscreen by Akin, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging design by Aukland-based studio Akin for New Zealand sunscreen brand Ki

Ki Sunscreen was developed by national skincare clinic Caci to protect against the harsh New Zealand sun, and the skin damage and premature ageing that UVA and UVB rays can cause. It is made from the latest generation of ingredients proven to protect, and those that help to control oils and maintain a matt finish. This balance between clinically proven effectiveness and cosmetic mindfulness is expressed by its brand identity and packaging design, developed by Auckland studio Akin, in the meeting of bold black logotype, and the material interaction between uncoated paper and print finish.

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REF by Kurppa Hosk, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity designed by Scandinavian studio Kurppa Hosk for Swedish hair care brand REF

REF is an environmentally conscientious Swedish hair care brand with a range of products that are made from high quality organic ingredients. With a desire to enter the international market of the US and further into the Nordic regions, both dominated by well-established FMCG, Scandinavian design studio Kurppa Hosk were commissioned to rejuvenate REF’s visual identity. This included packaging design, art direction, stationery, business cards and web design. These are linked by what the studio describe as a system of simplistic graphic elements and a modest earthy colour palette.

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