Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.
PangPang is a Stockholm based microbrewery that was established by oddball Fredrik Tunedal in 2011. Fredrik, only 23 at the time, tattooed PangPang across his knuckles to celebrate the founding of what he believes to be Sweden’s first microbrewery. These knuckles now form the basis of the brewery’s logotype.
Swedish design studio Snask were commissioned to develop a strategy for PangPang’s 2014 summer series of hand brewed beers that would help them to compete within a growing craft beer sector and with the increasing number of microbreweries. This would be achieved by creating a playful visual identity and packaging solution that would stand out on shelves stacked with beer labels that often lacked individual character. The design and naming was built around the theme of tiki — a choice that felt suitable for summer beers and would create an ideal opportunity for interesting, distinctive and cheeky names. These included Cocojambo, Playa del Drevviken, Waikiki, Libertango and Tiki Tango.
Yksi elämä is a Finnish project set-up with the intention of encouraging people to become more interested in their own well-being and to improve public health care on both a professional and organisational level, as well as society in general. The project is a collaborative endeavour between the Brain Association, Diabetes Association and Heart Association of Finland.
Design studio Tsto were asked to create a visual identity for Yksi elämä that would reflect its forward-thinking and encouraging nature in a playful way. Bright colour, white paper, irregular letter-form alignment and a very smart use of negative space across the character work effectively draw a distinctive, youthful yet sophisticated quality from what is a simple logo-centric approach and an ink economy.