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Hackney Forest School by Spy

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and stickers designed by Spy for Hackney Forest School

Forest School is a scheme set-up by Hackney Council, London that seeks to connect children living within the local built-up area with the thrill of the rural outdoors. The scheme reaches out to schools and parents, offering programmes that cover all areas of the curriculum and aims to engage and develop a child’s understanding of sustainability.

London-based design studio Spy was commissioned to develop a visual identity for Forest School with the intention of increasing awareness and uptake. Following hands-on experience running activities on Hackney Marshes and having conversations with children, families and teachers the studio developed an eye-catching design direction of bold colour and shape. This is codified with a ring-bound brand guidelines document and runs across and connects club cards, posters, postcards and business cards, work packs, apparel, bags, stamps, cards and badges.

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Heyday by Collins

Opinion by Richard Baird & Seth Rowden

Logo, visual identity, copywriting and packaging design by Collins for Trget's new own-brand consumer tech and accessories range Heyday

Heyday is a range of 150 moderately-priced high-quality own-brand consumer tech products from American retailer Target and their first foray into the electronics and tech accessories sector. The range includes battery packs and chargers, cables, covers and wireless speakers amongst many other products. These share a form language that balances an everyday simplicity, robustness and utility with novelty and cheerfulness by way of shape, colour and materiality. Heyday’s visual identity and packaging design, developed by New York and San Francisco-based Collins in collaboration with Target Creative, is deceptively simple, it is loaded with a bunch of neat ideas that recognise, not just how product is presented and its value and functionalities communicated in store, but also how these products migrate and seek attention online. This can be seen in the approach to product, packaging and lifestyle photography.

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Senja Cosmetics by Werklig

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.

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