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Crane by Collins

Text by Richard Baird

Logo, branding and packaging for American stationery brand Crane designed by Collins

Time. This is central premise of Collin’s work for American stationery brand Crane, and more specifically, the bookmarking of the past and the present, and a meditation on the “concrete” as a time machine to the future. It is a reflection of what it is to put something down on paper and what makes something last.

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Lookbooks by Studio Lowrie

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity design and bookmarks by London-based Studio Lowrie for online speciliast bookstore Look Books

Lookbooks is an online bookstore that specialises in fun and quirky publications of the past. Recent acquisitions include Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries by Petr Ehl, Arno Parik & Jiri Fiedler, 1991 and 101 Cake Design by Mary Ford, 1987. There is a cultural value to many of these, reflecting a time and particular niche interest, and how these niche interests were shared pre-internet. The bookstore’s brand identity, however, clearly positions this as a cheerful tongue-in-cheek activity with a cheerful lightness of tone in the logo, which doubles down on the double O pairings within the name to create expressionful graphic gestures. But, it is the bookmarks that really stand out. I simple little die-cut trick, in conjunction with book pages, gives a nose to the eyes. A smart idea by London-based Studio Lowrie.

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Hair Solutions by Paul Belford Ltd.

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, branding, packaging and campaign by Paul Belford Ltd. for Hair Solutions, a personalised shampoo enhancer

Hair Solutions is an enhancer, made from botanical concentrates, that can be added to any brand of shampoo, personalising it to meet 66 different haircare scenarios through a combination of formulations directed at 6 categories (normal, dry, wavy, flaky and colour-treated and fine) and 11 concerns (brittle, dry, oily, thin, wavy or colour-treated, split-ends, frizz, low-shine or volume issues and curl definition). To help users identify the perfect product, the line will be supported by an online hair-quiz, and a brand identity designed by Paul Belford Ltd. This included logo, packaging design and initial launch campaign.

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