Opinion by Richard Baird.
Senja is a Scandinavian premium cosmetics brand, founded by Senja Parkkinen, with a range of toners, cleansing foams and oils made from active natural ingredients all manufactured in Finland. With a desire to communicate an all-natural and contemporary positioning and capture the fresh air and harsh environmental conditions that produced many of these ingredients, the brand worked with Werklig to develop a new visual identity that would extend across packaging and printed communications. This is made up of a distinctive black, green and purple gradient, the simple letterforms of a custom logotype and a series of nature-inspired still life sculptures.
Selected by Richard Baird.
A continually updated gallery of graphic design work created by Commission reviewed and published on BP&O. Commission is a London based design and branding consultancy owned and led by Creative Directors David McFarline and Christopher Moorby. Their work covers the full spectrum of graphic design, from print and packaging design to editorial, advertising and digital media within the fashion, art, culture and commerce sectors.
BP&O has been following and writing about Commission since 2015. Their work is often characterised by a graphic restraint and a material sophistication rooted in a clear and compelling idea. There are moments where there is a sensitivity to the sequential nature of an unboxing, an awareness of the mechanisms of opening and the potential of surface beyond ink.
Highlights include their work for luggage design and manufacturer Rimowa, developed over two phases; the first captures a balance of craft and utility, the second introduces a familial warmth and character through illustration and colour. Unfolded, a print and packaging event in Germany stands out for the dialogue created between the visually immediate and robust, and the delicate and the crafted. Much of their work displays a material sophistication. Micro-foiling, sculpted embossing, micro-perforations and thermographic ink develop a smart material language alongside the graphic.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Migrant Journal is a six-part exploration of migration in all its forms. It covers, as you might expect, the current and pressing political and socio-cultural implications of the mass migration of people, yet also delves deeper into the more abstract movement of ideas, power and information around the globe. Migrant Journal, in its breadth but a continuity of theme, intends to reclaim the word migration, to break free from prejudice and cliché.
This is a hands-on review of Migrant Journal No.5 its themes and how these manifest themselves visually and materially. This issue, Micro Odysseys, explores microscopic entanglements, invisible movements, tiny particles, imperceptible matter and antimatter. For thoughts on Migrant Journal as a total project, check out BP&O’s review here.
Migrant Journal began as a Kickstarter project and is edited by Justinien Tribillon, Michaela Büsse and Dámaso Randulfe, co-edited and designed by Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler of Offshore Studio.