Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.
PangPang is a Stockholm based microbrewery that was established by oddball Fredrik Tunedal in 2011. Fredrik, only 23 at the time, tattooed PangPang across his knuckles to celebrate the founding of what he believes to be Sweden’s first microbrewery. These knuckles now form the basis of the brewery’s logotype.
Swedish design studio Snask were commissioned to develop a strategy for PangPang’s 2014 summer series of hand brewed beers that would help them to compete within a growing craft beer sector and with the increasing number of microbreweries. This would be achieved by creating a playful visual identity and packaging solution that would stand out on shelves stacked with beer labels that often lacked individual character. The design and naming was built around the theme of tiki — a choice that felt suitable for summer beers and would create an ideal opportunity for interesting, distinctive and cheeky names. These included Cocojambo, Playa del Drevviken, Waikiki, Libertango and Tiki Tango.
Biju is bubble tea brand and cafe located in London’s Soho district that looked to bring and translate a product and experience well-established in South East Asia to the UK in a way that would appeal to a modern discerning market. This was achieved by focusing on fresh, natural and high quality ingredients, a simple menu with an emphasis on taste, a focus on the social aspects of sharing tea, and a brand identity design by ico that ties each of these together. ico’s brand identity extended to signage, branded cups, business cards and uniforms.
Proper Beans is a handmade baked bean range created in the English countryside and available from Fortnum & Mason. Proper’s mission is to “reinstate baked beans as the premium meal it once was” with six unique flavour combinations. These include Fava Beans & Smoked Pork Collar, Hamhock, Potato & Thyme and Smoked Bacon & English Mustard. The story and passion behind the brand, as well as the product’s Britishness and handmade quality, is visualised as a distinctive crest and simple packaging treatment designed by London based studio Interabang, and website by James Hayter and Mike Polom.