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The Best of BP&O — September 2018

Selected by Richard Baird.

September’s highlights included Folch’s packaging for DOIY’s new range Honom, OK-RM’s work on Mies in London and Foreign Policy’s new magazine Critical Mass. There were, however, five projects that stood out and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. Between them these typically balance a strong singular concept or an appropriate confluence of ideas with a compelling visual character and clear communicative intention that appropriately play with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.

BP&O, in this end of month review, tries to recognise both the smart use of small budgets—those that channel spending into the most appropriate assets—and those projects with a broad and holistic quality, establishing a continuity (conceptual and/or visual) across multiple touch points. Many of the projects share a concise aesthetic expression, yet there is nuance and strategic weight to these, so do click through and read more about each of these.

Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. This included a collection of projects that feature fluorescent inks or papers.

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BP&O Collections — Inserts

Selected by Richard Baird.

BP&O Collections — Inserts

A continually updated gallery of graphic identity design work, reviewed and published on BP&O, that feature an insert component. Where inserts have traditionally sat loosely within newspapers and magazines, quite separate from content and often adverts, the examples here are bound in and characterised by a proportional difference, either smaller than the cover, punctuating content in size, colour and content, or oversized, protruding from cover, teasing content. Their intentions vary, some simply divide content and signal change, others augment image with technical insight, or build layers, juxtaposing image to emphasis or bring new meaning.

This post features work by Kurppa Hosk, Multiadaptor and Richards Partners, and covers a variety of projects, from architecture and property development to university prospectus’ and exhibitions. Highlights include AKU’s use of fluorescent colour reflected onto oversized inserts, the oversized portfolio-like cover of Studio Hi Ho’s brochure for Whitlam Place, and the layering and contrast employed by Spy for their work with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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BP&O Collections — Multi-coloured

Selected by Richard Baird.

BP&O Collections — Multi-coloured Branding & Packaging

A continually updated collection of graphic identities and packaging design work, reviewed and published on BP&O, that feature a distinctive multi-coloured component. Between them, and in conjunction with form and context, these bring to light how the use of three or more colours can catch the eye and convey creative energy without appearing complex or overwhelming. This post includes a variety of print collateral, from business cards and stationery to wine labels and menus, and covers work for design events, restaurants and museums. Featured studios include Collins, Underline Studio and Triboro. Click through to get a sense of how these fit within a broader brand identity program and the communicative intentions that underpin aesthetic choices. Check out plenty more at BP&O – Collections or subscribe to the series here.

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