The Best of BP&O — Packaging of 2016

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Very Best Creative Packaging Design of 2016

2016’s package design highlights included Bond’s work for Allsorts Black & White Edition, Bielke & Yang’s packaging for Solrug and Stockholm Design Lab’s boxes for Víspera Coffee. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. This feature brings together the most interesting, unexpected or unusual packaging systems published on the site during 2016 for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These balance a strong and appropriate concept with a compelling aesthetic that, between them play with image, colour, texture, layout, form, type and print finish. What were your favourites of 2016?

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Víspera Coffee by Stockholm Design Lab, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging created by Stockholm Design Lab for Víspera Coffee, a range of 100% Arabica beans sourced from the high altitude plantations of Columbia.

Víspera is premium coffee brand that intends to bring together the best of two worlds, a blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans sourced from the high altitude plantations of Colombia and a Swedish eye for quality and craftsmanship in its roasting. This meeting is visually articulated through type contrast, colour and pattern across Víspera’s packaging, developed by Stockholm Design Lab.

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Brewdog Abstrakt by O Street, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging designed by O Street for limited edition craft beer concept Abstrakt from Brewdog

Brewdog’s Abstrakt is a limited edition craft beer concept that has released 20 different varieties since it began in 2010. Each beer is bottle-conditioned (bottled with a small amount of yeast, providing further fermentation and maturation), brewed and released just once, individually numbered and known only by their release code. It is a concept described as more art than beer, as boundary pushing and blurring the line between categories.

Graphic design studio O Street worked with Brewdog to create a new brand identity and packaging system for Abstrakt, informed by its creative, limited edition concept, flavour varieties, individually crafted nature and the use of release codes rather than names. This is expresses through colour, typography, print finish and structural design.

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