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StrangeLove Lo-Cal Soda by Marx Design

Opinion by Richard Baird & Seth Rowden

Graphic and structural design created by New Zealand studio Marx Design for soft drinks brand StrangeLove

StrangeLove is an Australian soft drinks brand that began with a four flavour range of energy drinks. Although mass-produced, each of these was created with the intention of evoking a taste of the homemade through carefully sourced and high-quality organic ingredients. The range was developed in response to energy drink brands who StrangeLove believed had failed to live up to their premium positioning.

Keen to avoid the tricks and tropes of the category and secure a witty, eye-catching and original look, New Zealand-based Marx Design worked with StrangeLove to improve on the illustrative character that had been used across the brand’s earlier bottles, developing simpler compositions surrounded by plenty of white space and paired with sharp and humourous copywriting. Check out the BP&O review of these here.

StrangeLove went on to create a range of mixers, organic soft drinks and source a mineral water, each with its own unique visual language. 2019 sees the brand continue to expand their range and explore and challenge the drinks market, further working with Marx Design, this time on a range of “Lo-Cal” sodas.

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Galipette Cidre by Werklig, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging design for authentic, French premium cidre Galipette Cidre by Werklig, Finland

Galipette is a premium cidre made from 100% pure fermented apple juice (pur jus) pressed from apples that are hand picked from orchards in Brittany, Northwest France. Galipette is available as a Brut and a sweeter Biologique. These are free of gluten and added sugar and created for the international markets of Europe, North America and China by the Cider Supply Company, a businesses founded on the values of local craftsmanship and European cidre making heritage.

With the intention of engaging a market made up of urban, quality seeking people who appreciate freshness and the legacy of French Cidre, Scandinavian studio Werklig created a brand identity, packaging design and website that, rather than leveraging the rural aesthetic that proliferates the category, finds a comfortable balance between heritage cues and modernity, the familiar and the distinctive.

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Natasha Alphonse Ceramics by Shore, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and product card by Seattle-based design studio Shore for Natasha Alphonse Ceramics

Natasha Alphonse is a ceramic artist raised in the Saskatchewan province of Canada who now works from a studio in the US city of Seattle. Her ceramics are characterised by a mix of simple forms, irregular surfaces and an earthiness in colour and texture. With a desire to scale her brand into a viable business Natasha worked with American graphic design studio Shore to develop a new visual identity and retail platform. This included business cards, headed paper, product cards, art direction and e-commerce website.

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