Words by Richard Baird
Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to increase the life of clothing and footwear, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The longevity of skin being an understandable extension of that original intention.
The company’s graphic identity, a typographical system designed by Essen International under the creative direction of Carl Nas, established an informational immediacy through the absence of superfluous stylistic detail and colour, whilst effectively dividing content and drawing out a distinction in the arrangement, orientation and typesetting of Akkurat Mono.
As Tangent GC ventured into the organic personal skincare market the company worked with London-based Carl Nas Associates to build out the visual language initially laid down by Carl Nas while Creative Director at Essen International. This new phase saw the studio applying this graphic system to skincare packaging, a soap range, and organic hand cream, which were supported by campaigns that featured swirling fabrics and illustration by celebrated airbrush artist Syd Brak.
Carl Nas Associates continue to work with Tangent GC into 2020, this time transforming their range of organic detergents, broadening the graphic language of type and its arrangement into a form and material language through bespoke structural design. The detergents come in two sizes, 500 ml and 1000 ml, and cover everything from the everyday washing liquids to specialty products such as those for cashmere and those formulated to be hypoallergenic.
LogoArchive was conceived, designed and sent to print in a day. It was inspired by a panel discussion at Somerset House as part of the exhibition Print! Now on to its sixth numbered release, LogoArchive continues to reconfigure itself with each new issue with the intention of surprising and delighting, particularly at a moment of intentional difficulty. This issue, launched in time for Earth Day, celebrates the symbols that draw on nature for their inspiration.
The distinctive smaller format of LogoArchive–a zine on mid-century symbols that channels the independent spirit of niche publishing–has created a space for experimentation and collaboration with those who also share a similar interest in symbols and corporate identity programmes of the past. BankerWessel is one such studio. Their brand identity work brings the spirit of mid-century form language into the present and then carries it forward into the future. This becomes the foundation of LogoArchive’s third Extra Issue; Past & Present, the eight release in the series and the first for 2020.
In the dialogue between booklet and insert (symbols past and present), two unique cover variations with symbols from 1976 and 2010) and the chronological sequence of BankerWessel’s own design process, this issue intends to be a small bookmark in time and a provocation to think about the iterative and cyclical nature of graphic design.
Head over to the LogoArchive Shop if you would like to purchase a specific cover or both covers and save on P&P. Our get tickets here to the launch event in London March 5th with guest speakers BankerWessel.