Polish design agency For Brands were recently commissioned to create a new visual identity for Seam, a distributor of luxury clothing brands, that would convey a sense of craftsmanship and an eye for detail. For Brands mixes classic typographic detail with contemporary customisation delivered across tactile material choices with hand finished detail, fusing urban, craft and fashion sensibilities.
“Released quarterly as a printed magazine, Alquimie is a written emulsion of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Covering wine, beer, spirits, bitters, coffees and other solutions of interest; Alquimie explores the liquids themselves — their origins and stories. Working with photographer James Morgan, the inaugural edition of Alquimie included over 160 images across 152 pages.” – Alquimie
Melbourne based graphic design and visual communications studio ThoughtAssembly, responsible for developing and managing Alquimie’s name, brand identity, print and art direction, utilise the thick white ink and warm concrete grey substrate of the business cards, a traditional, open, hand-sewn detail of the magazine, tinted photography and the well spaced uppercase serif characters of the logotype to hint at the history and craft the publication looks to uncover, its authority and high quality.
Back in November 2011 Rewined, a soy wax candle range set in a cut wine bottle, launched a new packaging solution created by Charleston-based independent design agency Stitch. I described the project in my original post as neatly resolving the themes of candle and wine craft, vintage and heritage through a diverse but coherent combination of earthy textures, a recycled letter-pressed label, hand stamped stickers, a simple identity solution that draws together origin and local industry through a classic circular crest lock-up with aged and humanist imperfections, alongside a bright ‘wax’ seal token and hand signed detail.
Stitch followed this up in 2012 with a number of other brand assets that shared and expanded on the craft cues and textures of the product with a lovely two-ply, uncoated, unbleached board and a light veneered business card with sticker detail, the brass screws of a catalogue, the deep green of a tape and the grain sack-like qualities of a string-tied canvas bag.
For 2013 Stitch has continued to broaden the Rewined brand experience with custom printed boxes made of unbleached board, cloth bags and match tubes with hand drawn illustrative and typographic detail that convey the recycled, wine bottle origins and crafted nature of the candles. Stitch explain on their website that these additional details serve as a giveaway to loyal customers and make giving and receiving a Rewined candle even more fun.