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Old Spike Coffee by Commission Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Coffee Branding and Packaging Design – Old Spike Coffee by Commission Studio, United Kingdom

Old Spike is a coffee roastery, subscription service and wholesaler, cafe and social enterprise working with the homeless, located in South East London. It is situated on the site of a former workhouse, a place where the poor would break rocks over metal spikes for food and lodgings, and where the roaster gets its name. With a desire to separate the roastery’s commercial and social activities Commission Studio worked to develop a retail and subscription packaging design that avoided the conventions of the market, and worked together a sense of the artisanal and wholesome and the eye-catching and luxury.

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Corps Reviver & L’Heure du Cocktail by Spin, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity for publisher Corps Reviver by Spin, United Kingdom

Corps Reviver is a French publisher and revivalist, redesigning and reprinting classic literary works, the first of which is L’Heure du Cocktail, The Cocktail Hour, written by journalists Marcel Requien and Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud and originally published in 1927. L’Heure du Cocktail, at the time, revolutionised the cocktail book, approaching the subject in a new way. This 2017 bilingual edition, presented in French and English, designed by Spin and illustrated by Spin’s Tony Brook, also offers a new take, pairing expressionist image with a more formal and modernist approach to layout and type. The release of L’Heure du Cocktail coincides with the launch of Corps Reviver’s own identity, also designed by Spin. This similarly explores something of the modernist, in the choice of type and use of form and pattern which appears to be rooted in the military associations of name.

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Chaos by Socio Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design featuring Colorplan papers and boards by Socio Design for Luxury lifestyle accessory brand Chaos

Inspired by fashion’s current fascination with customisation, technology and a “sense of light-hearted fun”, creative duo and stylists Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall created Chaos, a new UK luxury lifestyle brand producing limited edition and personalised tech and travel accessories.

Through form and finish, materiality and graphic design, Chaos products, which include phone cases and charms, zips and luggage tags, express the brand’s take on practicality and stylistic desirability, the meeting of technology and fashion, utility and individuality. These are high quality, with a price tag to match (between £76-214), and a favourite with actors Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie.

London-based studio Socio Design were commissioned by the team at Chaos to develop a packaging design for their collection of deerskin phone cases and luggage tags, gold-plated charms and zips. Using contrasting colour and high quality production detailing, and playing with a tension between the modern and traditional, the digital world and the analogue, these reflect the brand’s playful and “anarchic” approach, and commitment to challenging contemporary luxury standards.

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