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Studio Showcase: Studio Hi Ho

Selected by Richard Baird.

BP&O Studio Showcase: Studio Hi Ho

Studio Hi Ho is a Melbourne-based branding and communication consultancy co-founded and led by Wesley Waddell and Patrick Scanlan. BP&O has been following and writing about Studio Hi Ho since 2013 . Their work covers a variety of industries, however, it is their work with property developer Milieu that has often found its way on to BP&O. These projects can be characterised as being both creative and strategic, often visually elegant and nuanced.

Studio Hi Ho’s visual communication work often takes on a similar approach to architectural practice; existing, not only as sales materials, but also as enquiries and interrogations of space, structure, materiality and context. This can be seen in the dual brochure formats for both Nth Fitzroy and Whitlam Place. The former is a sophisticated exploration of the relationship between living structure and neighbourhood, nature, the passing of time and architecture, and the latter, an expression of an extended period of contextual reflection followed by a considered material response.

What marks the studio out is its restraint. Ideas exist both on and below the surface of their material outcomes. This is less about immediacy, and more about intellectual engagement, and an invitation to discover further meaning in materials and finishes and the dialogues formed between seemly independent (but ultimately interrelated) documents.

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Studio Showcase: Commission

Selected by Richard Baird.

Studio Showcase: Commission

A continually updated gallery of graphic design work created by Commission reviewed and published on BP&O. Commission is a London based design and branding consultancy owned and led by Creative Directors David McFarline and Christopher Moorby. Their work covers the full spectrum of graphic design, from print and packaging design to editorial, advertising and digital media within the fashion, art, culture and commerce sectors.

BP&O has been following and writing about Commission since 2015. Their work is often characterised by a graphic restraint and a material sophistication rooted in a clear and compelling idea. There are moments where there is a sensitivity to the sequential nature of an unboxing, an awareness of the mechanisms of opening and the potential of surface beyond ink.

Highlights include their work for luggage design and manufacturer Rimowa, developed over two phases; the first captures a balance of craft and utility, the second introduces a familial warmth and character through illustration and colour. Unfolded, a print and packaging event in Germany stands out for the dialogue created between the visually immediate and robust, and the delicate and the crafted. Much of their work displays a material sophistication. Micro-foiling, sculpted embossing, micro-perforations and thermographic ink develop a smart material language alongside the graphic.

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Studio Showcase: Lundgren+Lindqvist

Selected by Richard Baird.

Studio Showcase: Lundgren+Lindqvist

A continually updated gallery of work created by Swedish graphic design and digital development studio Lundgren+Lindqvist reviewed and published on BP&O. Lundgren+Lindqvist was founded in 2007 and is led by founding partners Andreas Friberg Lundgren and Carl-Johan Lindqvist. The studio balance distinctive ideas with an appropriate aesthetic and material response and sense of design craft, in print and on screen.

BP&O has been following and writing about Lundgren+Lindqvist since 2011. The work BP&O has typically featured has moved between a conceptual nuance, those with smart visual and material languages and moments of bold graphic immediacy for architects, breweries, galleries and furniture designers. Their work can be playful and referential in its use of materials, finishes and form or modern and sophisticated in the use of type; often evoking a sense of form and structure in arrangement and sensitivity to negative space.

Highlights include the studio’s collaboration with photographer Kalle Sanner. And the way the studio channel many of the structural, contextual and temporal themes of his project Lukas/Markus into their book design through proportion, layout, material, finish and secondary object.

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