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Tangent GC Organic Soap by Carl Nas Associates

Text by Richard Baird

New packaging designed by Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's new line of low-impact organic, vegan, cruelty and fossil free soap range.

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 concern given to the longevity of skin becomes an understandable extension of that original intention.

Carl Nas Associates, who have been working with Tangent GC on their packaging treatments for an ever-growing number of products over the last few years, worked on the brand’s new line of organic soaps. Just as with earlier work, which could be described as having a minimal sensibility (in the truest not trendiest sense of the word), this is very much about nuance and continuity. This post functions as an extension of previous posts. It reiterates the elegance and flexibility afforded by and present in the original type treatment and efficacy of good material choices and the communicative potential of surfaces and structures. This is a rare opportunity to see how a solution functions across time and within new contexts.

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Tangent GC Organic Detergents by Carl Nas Associates

Words by Richard Baird

New structural design by Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's range of organic washing products

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.

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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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