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Bombonería Pons by Mucho, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and gold foiled and edge painted business cards for chocolatier and confectioner Bombonería Pons designed by Mucho

Bombonería Pons is a family owned Barcelona based business, established in 1960, dedicated to producing the finest handcrafted chocolates. With a desire to engage with a younger consumer Bombonería Pons worked with international graphic design studio Mucho to develop a brand identity that would be sensitive to its traditional values and history yet give it a contemporary appeal. This extended across packaging, brochure, stationery, business cards and print communication.

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Fort Point Beer Co. by Manual, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Fort Point Beer Company by San Francisco based graphic design studio Manual

Fort Point is a San Francisco-based small batch craft beer company that references traditional styles yet is firmly rooted in the present, and has a philosophy that values craftsmanship and innovation, creativity and technique. In 2015, working with local graphic design studio Manual, Fort Point launched a new graphic identity and packaging system to unite its expanding range.

Fort Point’s forward-thinking, fast-growing and innovative nature, but also its acknowledgement of traditional processes, recipes and craft, as well as its location—not far from Fort Point National Historic Site and overlooked by the Golden Gate bridge—plays out across its packaging. This is characterised by the current favour for monolinear and geometric illustration, a flexible and expanding modular arrangement, engraved type and an unusual mix of girders and landscapes, the natural and the industrial. This post was updated November 2017 with new images, and shots of Fort Point’s latest brews.

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Grand Ferdinand by Moodley, Austria

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Vienna's Grand Ferdinand hotel by Austrian graphic design studio Moodley

Grand Ferdinand is hotelier Florian Weitzer’s fifth hotel. It features a distinctive interior of green leather upholstery and Lobmeyr chandeliers, rooms with ornate and functional furnishings, and a restaurant that is said to serve the best French champagne and the grandest Viennese cuisine, all set within a landmark building located on Vienna’s Ringstraße.

Grand Ferdinand has a philosophy that celebrates the past whilst moving forward. This meeting of tradition and modernity, whilst running throughout the hotel’s interior design and underpinning service practice, also informs its brand identity, created by Austrian graphic design studio Moodley. This encompassed stationery, signage and website design, as well as a variety of printed assets that included menus, posters and postcards.

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