Graphic design

Sweden to get new bills

Sweden to get new bills

Last spring the Swedish Central Bank (SCB) announced a competition to find new designs for the Swedish bank notes. Eight designers was shortlisted and from them a winner was chosen, Göran Österlund and his Kulturresan (the culture journey). Göran Österlund isn’t new to designing money and was in fact part of the design team that developed the current bills, 30 years ago. Not really fair to the other designers to have someone who knows how the SCB thinks and I believe that it shows in the final design. The bills are more an extension of the current line of bank notes, a safe bet and not a whole new design. To see the current bills you can take a look here.

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The break

The break

I know it’s been awfully quite on the blog the last few months. I’m sorry for that but I’ve been really busy (with some wonderful and fun things) and had to down prioritize Below The Clouds. That doesn’t mean that I’m closing the blog, it just means that I’m extending my break until after the holidays. See you in 2012!

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Emerald & Ruby

Emerald & Ruby

Minneapolis based Cue have designed a wonderful invitation for the Children’s Theatre Company’s Curtain Call Ball, the theaters annual fundraiser that supports programs for young people. The design draws its inspiration from The Wizard of Oz (the movie that is) and feels as classic Hollywood as anything I’ve seen in recent years. The detail of the work is incredible and I wish all invitation was as well thought-out and executed as this.

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Gin by St. George Spirits

Gin by St. George Spirits

St. George Spirits has been making artisan spirits for almost 30 years in Alameda, California. Most recently they have released a series of beautifully bottled gins. The ornate labels reminds me of old paper bills or Cuban cigar labels. St. George Spirits owner Lance Winters art directed they wonderful design with the help from Juli Shore Designs.

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Cloudy House

Cloudy House

Cloudy House is an extension to a house from the 1930′s. The extension was by designed LASC studio and it has a dark exterior that climbs all over the outside and extends into a nice patio. But it isn’t the outside that attracts my eyes but the floating wooden loft that ties to old house to the new on the inside. Not sure I would dare climb up the latter to the loft myself but it sure looks cool.

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Goods

Goods

Goods is a small fashion store in Copenhagen run by Kasper Hostrup. The store has a great selection of fashionable menswear for the man who doesn’t mind paying for quality and classic and trendy design. Beside nice clothes, Goods sports a well though through identity that presents the brands they work with in a charming way, with unique coat of arms designed by Anders Arhøj. The designs are how Goods see the brands and a really interesting take on presenting what and who you sell. More images after the jump.

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Pasta Martelli

Pasta Martelli

The Martelli has been making pasta in the small city of Lari, Tuscany since 1926. The past is of high quality and so is their packaging, designed by a family member over 20 years ago. The characteristic yellow bags look trendy despite their age and I’m pretty sure that they will look as modern in 20 years. More photos of the good tasting paste after the jump…

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ICA Selection

ICA Selection

ICA Selection is the luxury products and quality brand from Swedish ICA. Unfortunately the packaging haven’t lived up to the standard of the food, until now that is. ICA is now relaunching the brand with new packaging by the design agency Silver. The new design has a retro look to it and feels more genuine and matches the quality of the food much better.

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Blossa 2011

Blossa 2011

For the first time since 2003, when Blossa began with their vintage glögg, someone other than BVD is doing the design. Behind this years brown bottle, containing glögg flavored with arabica coffee from El Salvador, we find Jensen Pamp McCann. The shape of the bottle is the same as previous years but Jensen Pamp McCann has chosen to downplay the year a bit, and instead the print on the bottle focuses on the GPS coordinates of the coffee plantation. And Johan & Nyström rosted the coffee used in the glögg.

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Mama, Papa and Gloria

Mama, Papa and Gloria

Designer Jonas Bergfeltd was awarded the design award Excellent Swedish Design already in 1997 for his now classic hanger Mama. It is part of a series of handcrafted hooks by Essem Design. The other hangers are Gloria by Joel Karlsson and Papa by Stefan Borselius. Essem Design is this fall releasing the series on the American market and have enlisted Bedow to redesign the packaging of the three hangers. Bedow have adopted the handcrafted theme wonderfully with a handcrafted font and simple illustrations. More photos of the packaging after the jump.

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