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NOR Specialties by Re-public

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, branding and packaging designed by Danish studio Re-public for coffee and cocoa specialists NOR

NOR Specialities supports the development of plantation farmers and helps sustain local communities across Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Bolivia by way of its range of chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted coffee beans and cold brew coffee products. NOR trades directly with family farms and producers of its raw ingredients, working with them to develop transparent and sustainable practices.

Danish design studio Re-public worked with NOR to launch the brand into the highly competitive Western market, delivering creative direction and visual identity. This included packaging for coffee beans, chocolate bars and cold brew coffee cans. These share a visual language of the industry by way of a communicative simplicity and immediacy, pairing this with a material language drawn from the vessels and sacks of export.

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Carlsberg Black Gold by Kontrapunkt, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird

New minimal packaging design by Danish studio Kontrapunkt for Carlsberg's Black Gold

Carlsberg is a Danish beer brand founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. It is part of the Carlsberg Group portfolio which also includes Tuborg, Kronenbourg and Somersby cider, as well as Carlsberg Export and Carlsberg Black Gold. Carlsberg has a significant heritage. And, like many other beer brands, has largely conveyed this using the visual language and associated legacy of the beer bottle label, which then made it on to cans.

Carlsberg has begun a steady move towards a more current visual expression. This is characterised by a concise communicative intention and a stylistic minimalism. This can be seen, initially, in the packaging design of the Carlsberg can for the German market, created by Copenhagen-based studio Kontrapunkt, and in the redesign of Carlsberg Black Gold, also by Kontrapunkt. Black Gold is a dark pilsner, brewed in the same manner as Carlsberg’s premium variety, only for longer, giving it a richer flavour profile and higher alcohol content. This difference is conveyed immediately using a black and gold print finish.

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Gold—Smidt Assembly by Re-Public, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, print and signage by Copenhagen design studio Republic for pop-up art gallery Gold—Smidt Assembly

Gold—Smidt Assembly is a Copenhagen-based pop-up art gallery that exhibits contemporary fine art across the globe, and offers a consultation service, collaborating with professional artists to curate sculptural pieces for commercial, public and residential spaces. Danish design studio Re-public worked with the gallery to develop a visual identity that would link a variety of assets that included signage, print communication and website, and accommodate and support changing artistic themes.

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