Opinion by Richard Baird.
Antéoise is a creme dacquoise range from Anténor, a Japanese patisserie established in 1966 that creates French style cakes, cookies, tarts and variety of other confectionery. Antéoise’s brand identity and packaging treatment, developed by Osaka based graphic design studio UMA, draws on the range’s flagship positioning, high quality ingredients and the craft employed in its creation, the heritage and experience of Anténor, the streets of Kobe, and the theme of past and present. These are visualised through a considered balance of type and structural choice, visual and physical texture, illustration, process, colour and print finish.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Candlefish is a Charleston, South Carolina, store that stocks a carefully curated collection of scented candles from an assortment of brands including Rewined and Produce, and also plays host to a variety of workshops. The store takes its name from the Eulachon, better known as the Candlefish. After drying, and due to its high oil content, the Candlefish burns much like a candle and is said to have been used to illuminate the dwellings of man and woman as far back as the first century A.D.
Candlefish’s retail space of brick, wood and steel beams, exposed utilities, small spot and larger low-hanging industrial lighting and practical display surfaces that double up as cabinets, secures a current and worn urban utility that offers contrast to the crafted nature of the products.
This space is given shots of bright red throughout, enhanced by panels of white paint, is complemented by vintage lounge chairs, and given character through a brand identity treatment by American design studio Fuzzco. The studio’s illustrative style, approach to print and packaging layers the experience with clear craft cues, a conviviality and a retrospective sensibility based around their naming strategy. The project included logotype, logo and illustration, packaging, signage and bags.
Opinion by Josh Nychuk.
New Belgium is an employee-owned craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a quality-focused, fun-driven and environmentally conscious philosophy. Based around the concept of inviting discovery through unification, San Francisco based Hatch worked to redesign New Belgium’s brand identity and the packaging of its complete craft beer range, which included the popular and renowned Fat Tire Amber Ale. Hatch refreshed and modernised the brewery’s identity, breaking through clutter and increasing its prominence, and united a diverse product line through an iconic illustrative consistency whilst retaining individual character.