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Monachus Distillery by Bedow

Text by Richard Baird.

Logo and packaging design by Swedish studio Bedow for Croatian small-batch gin distillery Monachus

Atop of Croatia’s Istria peninsula, just where the land slips into the Adriatic sea sits the tiny small-batch gin distillery of Monachus. Stone shores, botanical covered hillsides, the smell of pine and scattered pin cones characterises the landscape. Drawing on this, the natural history of Istria and the name Monachus, borrowed from Monachus Monachus an endangered Mediterranean monk seal, Swedish design studio Bedow created a visual identity and labelling for the distillery.

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Avo Consulting by Bleed

Text by Richard Baird.

New logo, custom typeface, posters, banners, supergraphics and tote bags for Nordic technology and management consultancy Avo designed by Blee

Avo is a Nordic technology and management consultancy with offices in Norway and Sweden. Since its founding in 2016 it has seen rapid growth, expanding from 5 to 85 employees in three years. It has done this through a strategic rethinking of the way in which consultancy services are delivered, removing the buzz words associated with the industry, solving business problems and then helping to make the necessary changes easy. The Avo Consultancy culture is described as having a unique and playful philosophy. It is this, and the ambiguity of the AVO name (often assumed to be an acronym, or initials with an embedded meaning) that was the foundation of a new visual identity design created by Bleed. This playful philosophy and ambiguity is expressed predominantly as an A, followed by two characters from “Avodings”, a custom typeface of unique dingbats. This links the Avo Consultancy website, alongside colour and Neue Haas Unica, with interior supergraphics, tote bags, banners, posters employee generated e-mail signatures and other communications.

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Leandro Erlich: Both Sides Now by Studio fnt

Words by Richard Baird

Visual identity, posters, programme and supergraphics by Studio fnt for the solo exhibition of works by Argentina contemporary artist Leandro Erlich

Both Sides Now, a title borrowed from Joni Mitchell’s famous song, is a solo exhibition of Argentinian contemporary artist Leandro Erlich’s work that took place at the Seoul Museum of Art between December 2019 and March 2020. Erlich’s installations, often receiving international acclaim, mirrors, reflective surfaces, water and other various materials to create optical illusions to transform familiar, everyday spaces such as an elevator, staircase or swimming pool.

South Korean designers Studio fnt worked on the creation of a visual identity for the exhibition that would link a variety of surfaces, from supergraphics, to programmes to posters to banners and digital displays by drawing on one of the artist’s pieces to convey recurring ideas, proposals and motifs found throughout Erlich’s work.

Structure, holographic foil and distorted typographical elements are woven together to express the transience and subversiveness of a reflection or shadow, as well as the blurred boundaries between the the material objects that make up our subjective experience.

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