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Apolosophy designed by BVD

Logotype and packaging designed by BVD for Swedish cosmetic brand Apolosophy

Based around their phi­los­o­phy of health and well-being, Swedish drug store chain Apotek Hjärtat have recently developed Apolosophy, a new, carefully formulated cosmetic line that includes products from the skin and hair care, makeup and sunscreen categories.

The range’s visual identity and packaging solution, created to be perceived as tactile, timeless and trustworthy by design agency BVD, unites the on-trend accessibility of a near consistent single line weight, soft curves, rounded terminals, all lower-case and well spaced letter-forms and a simple repetition of form through the ‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘p’, with the classic sensibilities of a black and white colour palette, the quality of a matt surface texture and the restraint of a logotype only solution across the packaging. The result, while pared-down, really emphasises, complements and unites the colours and textures of the products with a subtle utility often associated with professional grade cosmetics.

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Healgel designed by Pentagram

Packaging with pastel colour labels designed by Pentagram for high quality skin care range Healgel

HealGel is a range of high quality skin care products, originally created to aid the repair of post-operative scarring, developed by actress Natascha McElhone – a dermatological biochemist – and a team of cosmetic surgeons. Taking its cues from what looks like medical forms and stat charts, international design agency Pentagram, led by Domenic Lippa, developed a new packaging treatment that delivers a sense of ‘pure information’, fact and clinical effectiveness through grid-based layouts, boxes, a geometric sans serif and slab serif combination softened by a pastel colour palette across a white substrate. It is a distinctive and unique design solution that avoids cosmetic conventions in favour of hard science, a direction that manages to resolve the themes of technological and scientific systems, medical processes and everyday routine with a reductionist, communicative and utilitarian functionality.

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James Read designed by Studio Makgill

Packaging with gold spot colour detail for James Read's premium tanning range designed by Studio Makgill

James Read is a tanning expert who has worked with number of celebrities including Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey. Recently James launched a range of premium retail products ‘based on a desire to introduce the world of tanning to a whole raft of new techniques, tools and products – all aimed at producing a natural effect’. The packaging and visual identity, designed by Studio Makgill, captures the straightforward application and wash off quality of the product and the high quality, professional nature of the brand with a bold and iconic white and metallic striped print treatment and simple sans serif logo-type.

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