The Best Awards is an annual celebration of interactive, graphic, product and spacial design work from New Zealand and Australia, run by The Designer’s Institute. This year’s event will take place on Friday 14th October at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre where winning studios will be awarded a Gold Pin for best in category, a Supreme Pin for best in discipline or a Purple Pin for those considered to have lifted the bar of design.
Other awards include The John Britten Black Pin, which will be given to an individual for their leadership, vision and achievements nationally and internationally, and The Designer’s Institute of New Zealand Black Pin for Outstanding Achievement. This will be awarded to a member who has made a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession and design culture in New Zealand. The judging process and criteria can be seen here.
To coincide with the publication of these finalists BP&O looks back at those projects reviewed on the site and up for awards in October. Finalists include Inhouse, Marx Design, Garbett, Studio Alexander, Studio Round and Studio South. Congratulations from BP&O to all the studios up for awards.
Selected by Richard Baird.
A round-up of some of the logo, brand identity and packaging design projects from studios working from the Spanish cities of Gijón, Barcelona and Logroño, reviewed and published on BP&O. Featured studios include Mucho, Folch and Hey and P.A.R, and cover a variety of clients, industries, and categories; from confectionery and drinks to glassware and furniture design and manufacturers.
This collection encompasses simple logo and stationery projects, and broader brand identity programmes. Highlights include Clase bcn’s collaboration with Enea, which won a Gold Laus for art direction in photography and a Silver Laus for corporate identity, and Mucho’s work for Fundació Joan Miró’s 40th Anniversary. If you get a chance, also check out From Scandinavia, From America, From the UK & From New Zealand.
Selected by Richard Baird.
The eleventh collection of business cards designed as part of new brand identity project, reviewed and published on BP&O in 2016. Between them, these show how colour, type, form, texture and contrast, delivered through a combination of graphic design, material choice and print finish, contribute to a distinctive and communicative brand identity. As with previous sets, this includes uncoated and coated boards, coloured papers, surface embosses, foils and edge painted detail. Featured studios include Neue, Raw Color, Mucho and dn&co, plus many more. Be sure to click through to get a sense of how these fit within a broader brand identity program and the communicative intentions that underpin their aesthetic.