When you spend three years doing something, it can often be difficult to get back into it after you begin to focus your energy elsewhere. It’s not that I’ve turned my focus away from Graphic Design, far from it. It’s the fact that since I finished uni, i’ve spent pretty much the entirety of my time within that world researching and emailing agencies, trying to get placements and internships. As a result my knowledge and connection with the wider world of Graphic Design, especially through this blog, have suffered. I haven’t posted here since June!!
So after around four months of emailing agencies and unfortunately not really getting anywhere with it, I decided to reassess what i’m doing and get stuck in again with design, so that when I eventually get an internship and ultimately a job, i’m not completely out of my depth! Doing this obviously means doing projects and working to deadlines to get back on track with that sort of thing, but more importantly for you reading this, it means getting this blog back on track to help me get back up to date with what’s going on in the world of Graphic Design.
So, now that i’ve probably bored you with what i’ve been doing with my life, it’s time to get back into it. The humble tin of baked beans was first sold in Fortnum and Mason in 1886, then being marketed as a top range American import. Since then it has become much more commonplace and a staple foodstuff, especially for hungry uni students! Design agency Interabang recently gave the simple baked bean a more premium makeover with their branding for the new Proper Beans range of high-end flavoured baked beans.
Building on the product uniqueness of fresh flavoured baked beans sold from the chiller cabinet, the standard aluminium tin was gotten rid of, replaced instead with a plastic tub that features a clean and simple pack design. The newly created Proper crest sits as the focal point of the design, pushing the uniqueness of the product even further with its wacky use of an umbrella, oversized cutlery and an elephant/unicorn hybrid. Uniphant perhaps? Elecorn??
The use of the crest is definitely my favourite part of the design. It’s really nicely drawn and gives the product a more premium feel whilst still retaining a playful and quirky edge that is sure to make it stand out amongst competitors. It also works really well with the heritage and history that baked beans have.
So there you have it, my first blog post in four months, but hopefully the first of many in the coming weeks!
Found via The Dieline
Paper company G . F Smith were recently rebranded by design studio Made Thought with a new identity and brand mark to better reflect the company’s past, present and future. I quite liked their more zany previous logo and identity, however, being a big fan of Made Thought’s work, I was immediately intrigued in what they would do with it.
The new identity is simple and structured, using the dot of the i to separate the G and F. It is clean and crisp, letting the paper be the focal point and hero of the story, just as it should be with a well respected paper company like G . F Smith. It also brings the company’s history to the forefront through the new ‘1885 Onwards’ tagline. Made Thought also created a secondary brandmark to use as a watermark-like ‘seal of quality’ that brings a human touch and links to the company’s predominately handmade approach to their craft.
My favourite part of the rebrand though, is the company’s new business cards. The design makes use of G . F Smith’s extensive range of paper types and colours to again make the paper the hero of the piece. The text on them is kept simple and structured like the new identity, giving space for the paper to be fully appreciated, but still allowing for all the necessary information to be bold and clear.
The new branding and identity were also rolled out across the G . F Smith website.
All in all, it’s a really nicely thought out body of design by Made Thought. It gives G . F Smith a clear and memorable identity that befits the history and future focus of a 130 year old company. It’ll be really interesting to see what Made Thought creates for G . F Smith in the future or any future work they do for other clients as I am a big fan of their work. I’ll definitely be looking to send them my portfolio very soon, as I come to the end of third year at Uni.
Found via It’s Nice That
First off, excuse the horrific attempt at a pun with this post’s title, it was just something that jumped to mind and I couldn’t shake it! Anyway, as I now come towards the end of my second semester of third year and the business end of my degree at Falmouth, I’m beginning to spend more and more time looking at the work of design agencies, to help identify ones that I might want to send my portfolio to in the hopes of getting a placement.
On a recent browse of work, one of the pieces that immediately jumped out at me was The Allotment‘s redesign of the Adoption Scheme for The Donkey Sanctuary. Taking what was a simple piece of editorial design and turning it into something much more emotive and considered, the scheme was given a core concept that clearly set it apart from other competitor products. The big idea was ‘A Lifetime of Memories’, making the donkeys the hero of the product and bringing them into the heart of your family.
Each donkey was professionally photographed, with the adoption pack designed to look like a picture frame in which all the supporting material sat. This allowed it to be its own point of sale pack, immediately intriguing and enticing viewers. Other elements of the redesigned scheme, such as the supporting material and an app which allows you to add donkeys to your own photos were all equally beautifully crafted, but for me it is the frame pack that is the star of the show.
Not only is it really well crafted with great attention to detail, but it is just so unique in its design and the idea behind it. The use of the picture frame really emphasises the ‘part of the family’ concept, putting it a million miles away from the generic design of the sanctuary’s previous adoption pack. Its difference grabs your attention instantly and holds it throughout all aspects of the scheme and pack. It also allows it to sit rather nicely amongst your family photos!
In my opinion it really is a fantastic piece of design and this thought is obviously shared by others as it recently won best product launch at the Marketing Design Awards. For more information on the adoption pack, visit The Allotment’s website here, or watch the below video.
For a studio that have only been around for four years, The Allotment have really become a force in the design world, placing 9th in Design Week’s Creative Survey in 2012, above huge agencies like Pentagram and Johnson Banks. They have become one of my favourite design studios whose work and process really inspires me in my own. When I come to applying for placements in a few weeks time, I’ll definitely be sending The Allotment a copy of my portfolio. Here’s hoping I get a positive response.
Every now and then, companies choose to update and refresh their advertising campaigns in an attempt to improve their audience. Sometimes these updates work and sometimes they don’t, and although I don’t often talk about bad design on this blog, I felt I needed to talk about one which I feel hasn’t been pulled off successfully.
Many of you will be aware of the famous Compare The Market adverts that feature those awesome meerkats and their catchphrase “simples!”. Well those adverts are unfortunately now history, being replaced by Robert Webb dressed as some posh man in adverts that are, in my opinion, nowhere near as funny as the meerkat ones.
They’ve gone from this:
I understand that every brand needs a redesign from time to time, but why get rid of the meerkats? By doing this, Compare The Market have lost a well loved, iconic character who had become synonymous with the company and had made them much more popular. BRING BACK THE MEERKATS!!!
You may have noticed at some point over the past few weeks that I have changed my logo. I just realised that I hadn’t posted about it and asked for your valued opinions on it, so I have used some spare time to do so now.
I chose to just use my initials, creating a link between the bottom half of the S and the B. It’s probably by no means finished yet (I may round some more of the edges), but let me know what you think about it at the moment.
Heres how much the logo has progressed over the last few months:
I’m planning on “branding myself” for one of my upcoming self-initiated projects, so look out for changes to both the logo and my website in the future. Again, any feedback on the logo, however big or small is appreciated.
I suppose it’s a bit ironic that the day after I post about not having the time to post as often anymore, I find the time to write this! Now I’m not going to spontaneously start singing about “rain on your wedding day” or “a free ride when your already late” or anything else from that ridiculous Alanis Morissette song. What I am going to show you is some great packaging.
I know that Sundays are usually reserved for Music & Photo posts, but before you all start commenting saying “Sam, where’s my weekly dose of music and photos!?”, I decided not to do that today as yesterdays post had photography in it. Rest assured that Music & Photo Sunday will be back soon.
It’s Saturday again, which means another post from my Swedish design mini-series. Today’s edition looks at the new packaging for Ikea’s food and drink range, which is predictably very minimal and swedish. Designed by Stockholm Design Lab, it features stripped back design, simple imagery and the usual Swedish product name.