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Clay by Studio Claus Due, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Clay — Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark by Studio Claus Due

Clay is a museum of ceramic arts and crafts, located in the Danish town of Middelfart, west of the capital. Exhibits range from a 235 year old plate to more recent and experimental pieces from contemporary artists. The museum worked with Studio Claus Due to develop a new visual identity system. This included business cards, stationery, signage, packaging, print communication and website, unified by an earthy colour palette and custom typography, punctuated by shots of blue and yellow, and featuring uncoated materials.

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Fundació Joan Miró 40th Anniversary by Mucho, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and posters for Fundació Miró's 40th Anniversary by graphic design studio Mucho

Fundació Joan Miró is a cultural centre located on Barcelona’s Montjuïc hill. It was opened in 1975 as a place to encourage young artists to experiment with and exhibit contemporary art, and would allow the general public better access to new work of the time, which it continues to do today.

Fundació Joan Miró has a distinctive exterior structure of modular geometric prefabricated surfaces, extrusions, recesses and voids designed by Josep Lluis Sert. Although imposing in form it has at its heart a natural path that guides visitors through its spaces.

Graphic design studio Mucho worked with Anna Noëlle to develop an identity and campaign material that would help celebrate 40 years of Fundació Joan Miró. Drawing on the building’s structure, its cultural agenda and history, whilst also acknowledging its permanent brand identity through contrast, Mucho created a system based around a bold number set, picking out key dates within the history of the building, and derives visual impact through a juxtaposition of austerity and moments of celebratory expression. This extends across business cards, packaging, event invitations, banners, badges and posters.

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Beanworks by Paul Belford Ltd, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Coffee packaging for roaster and supplier Beanworks designed by Paul Belford

Beanworks is a UK wholesale coffee roaster and supplier, coffee machine specialist and barista training school. It prepares its beans using a customised vintage Italian drum roasting machine that allow it to digitally monitor process, and produces a range of single and multi-origin coffee varieties. Although the roaster embraces contemporary artisanal coffee culture, when it comes to naming conventions it favours the utility of numbers, over a current preference for the quirky. This juxtaposition of artisanal practice and an element of wholesale utility makes its way into a packaging design and brand identity treatment developed by London based graphic design studio Paul Belford Ltd.

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