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Moomin & Moomin Shop by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for Moomin Shop by graphic design studio Bond, Finland

The Moomins are characters from a book, picture book and comic book series created by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. These were published in Sweden and Finland between 1945 and 1993. Alongside the comic strip, the characters have also featured in their own television series and film, and populate the theme park, Moomin World, on the Finnish island of Kailo. Today, the Moomins are an established brand with an international reach and an increasing license-based product portfolio that exists across a variety of categories.

Finnish graphic design studio Bond, who are fans of the Moomins, were hired t0 develop packaging for Moomin Shops across Finland, and establish brand guidelines for licensees and licensed products within the international fast moving consumer goods market.

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Tina Frey Designs by Mucho, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Tina Frey Designs by graphic design studio Mucho

Tina Frey is an American homeware designer with a studio in San Francisco. She is inspired by the fluid lines of the sea, the curves and contours of nature, objects picked up while traveling, and the translucent colour of ice lollies and jelly beans. The design of each of her products—which include plates, bowls and utensils—is rooted in simplicity and functionality. These are sculpted by hand in clay, cast in colour in small batches, then sanded and finished by hand. This process gives each object a high-quality and uniquely crafted character.

Drawing on the organic shapes and hand crafted nature of the range, graphic design studio Mucho created a new visual identity for Tina Frey with a soft and sculpted quality—in form, colour and texture—and a contemporary restraint, while the use of brighter colour introduces contrast, a conviviality and communicative breadth. This links brochure, note cards, business cards and posters.

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EDL Laminates by Bravo, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for high pressure laminate distributor EDL by graphic design studio Bravo.

Working with manufacturers in Italy, Korea and Taiwan EDL provides high pressure laminates for architects and interior designers throughout Asia, and is dedicated to anticipating trends, adopting the latest technologies and introducing its own break-through innovations that amome from a decade of industry experience.

To coincide with EDL’s tenth anniversary, and a push further into the international market, the company worked with Singapore and New York based graphic design studio Bravo to help reimagine its visual identity. This included logo design, business cards, magazine cover, brochure and website that position EDL as curators of high-quality raw materials to artists through brightly coloured geometric patterns, silver block foil detail, material texture, and a paper craft component. This article was updated 09/16 with images of EDL’s 2016 brochure.

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