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Finchtail by Believe in, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and packaging designed by Believe In for Finchtail and its mobile phone and tablet stand

Finchtail is dedicated to the design and manufacture of simple, useful and sustainable solutions to everyday problems. Its first product, a low-cost, flat-packed card tablet and mobile phone stand, features a distinctive brand identity and packaging design treatment developed by UK based graphic design studio Believe in. Monospaced type and corrugated card sit alongside die cut detail, white ink, a bold pattern and a bright dyed board, carefully balancing moments of utility, quality and aesthetic flourish. Alongside visual identity and packaging design, Believe in went on to create point-of-sale, website, marketing materials and a stop-frame video in collaboration with Thank You Mam.

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Simon Pengelly by Spin, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Business cards for British furniture and product design business Simon Pengelly by Spin

Pengelly Design is a British furniture and product design studio, founded by Simon Pengelly in 1993, that embraces a material and process led approach to problem-solving, and an aesthetic that has a lightness, simplicity and timelessness. Since its foundation, the studio has gone on to secure and complete a variety of national and international furniture, transport and product design projects in collaboration with businesses and manufacturers such as Lapalma, Habitat and Modus, Virgin Atlantic and Joseph Joseph.

Simon Pengelly’s new graphic identity, created by UK based graphic design studio Spin and based around a symbol of vertical and consistently weighted strokes, draws its inspiration from the profile of one of Simon’s chairs, constructed from plywood, and set within the context of an earthy, urban and vivid colour palette of brown, grey and bright orange boards. The project included stationery, box tape, business cards and website design.

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Design Museum by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and tickets designed by Bond for for Helsinki's Design Museum – Designmuseo

Designmuseo is a Finnish design museum, housed in a late 19th century building by architect Gustaf Nyström, and located on Helsinki’s Korkeavuorenkatu Street. The museum exhibits national and international work from the fields of fashion, industrial and graphic design, and, alongside its permanent exhibition of Finnish design from 1870 to the present, also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

With the intention of raising the museum’s profile and improving visitor experience Designmuseo worked with Bond to develop a new visual identity treatment which included exhibition design, signage, wayfinding, marketing and web design. Inspired by Finnish designer and architect Alvar Aalto, Bond’s system leverages a modular aesthetic to link bold and reductive forms with detailed typographical arrangements in a way that blurs the line between creative play and a sense of industry.

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