The Coal Pot is a range of natural soaps, creams and oils made from herbs and fruits grown in Dominica using traditional handmade methods. Italian design agency Port Clarendon were recently commissioned to develop a new visual identity, brand architecture and packaging solution for the range that would ‘articulate and clarify each of the line’s unique proposition in relation to the parent brand and to the competition’ and position these as more ‘up-market’.
Olaf is a Mexican cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil produced by Olivarera Italo-Mexicana – a Mexican Italian collaboration – intended for healthy, home-cooked, family meals and makes up one-third of Olivarera ‘s olive oil range, which also includes Valentto and Olive Gold. Anagrama, the design agency behind Olaf’s new visual identity, print materials and packaging, describe their approach as taking “typical Italian visual clichés and simplifies and refreshes them.”
YAY Festival is a Stockholm based design event, created Swedish by design studio Snask working in collaboration with ‘brand experience agency’ Grandins Flying Circus, that was launched in 2012 with guest speakers that included Aaron James Draplin and Jennifer Cirpici who replaced Jessica Hisch.
The identity for the 2012 event, recently published by Snask on their website, juxtaposes traditional and fine illustrative still life watercolour detail, enhanced by full bleeds in print, with the urban energy, enthusiasm and hand crafted sensibilities of a script of broad brush strokes and the on-trend restraint of a single line weight logotype – both well rendered a with decent sense of motion through each of the letters and plenty of individual character. This contrast continues with the modernistic restraint and efficiency of geometric sans-serif. Together these deliver a rich and striking contrast and resolution of both classic and contemporary design themes.