Graphic design

Pen Pencil Stencil

Pen Pencil Stencil

Mark Giglio makes wonderful things under the name Pen Pencil Stencil. I especially like the beautiful wooden figures that Mark has designed. Unfortunately they are limited edition and all sold out. But Mark is planning to reopen his webshop with new items sometime this summer so I suggest following him on Twitter.

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Telia redesign

Telia redesign

Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSoner is updating the identities for all their national sub brands. The change that started in 2009 with their eurasian companies, such as Kazakstanian Kcell, has now come to TeliaSoneras home market. For us Swedes it will mean that the deep pink that we’ve come to associate with Telia will be replaced by a purple color and the logo will get a new font and a pebble that at least reminds me a bit of the StepStone logo. The new identity was designed by Landor Associates.

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Copen*hagen by Carlsberg

Copen*hagen by Carlsberg

Copen*hagen is made with a little help from our friends. Like you – and the likes of you – who care about design, taste and quality. You told us what you were looking for: a crisp, delicate and refreshing beer that looks great. Those aren’t my words, that’s how danish beer brewer Carlsberg wants us to view and feel about their latest creation. The clean design was made inhouse at Carlsberg and I think they got the design right for the design aware 25–35 year olds that they are targeting. The only problem I have with the design is that the light beer more looks like cider or a some sort of alcopop. And the question is if the trendy people will fall for yet another marketing ploy or stick to their smart, obscure IPAs

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Daymer Bay Iced Tea

Daymer Bay Iced Tea

Cornwall based Daymer Bay Iced Tea has gotten a great redesign by Lisa Claire Stewart. As all good designers she developed a bunch of different design variations based on the companies motto/catchphrase, taste of Cornwall (in a bottle). The inspiration, is as you might see, the ocean and the waves that makes Cornwall a surfing hotspot. After the jump you’ll find a bunch of Lisa’s designs, my favorite is the speech bubble version but Daymer Bay Iced Tea liked the cleaner lest colorful version, perhaps a safer alternative? To compare, you’ll also find a image of the old bottles at the bottom of the page after the jump.

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Absolut Svea

Absolut Svea

We don’t see too many limited edition vodkas from Absolut in Sweden but this spring we’re getting Absolut Svea, a vodka flavored with apples and ginger. And as a limited edition vodka should, Absolut Svea got a different design than the usual bottles. Behind the design we find Swedish artist Fredrik Söderberg. A very interesting artist even if I don’t think that Absolut Svea is his best work. But I do like the idea with how the bottles tells a story going from the summer solstice to the winter solstice. What do you think of the design?

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1080 recipes from Spain

1080 recipes from Spain

In 1972 the first edition of Simone Ortega’s cookbook 1080 recetas de cocina was released. The cookbook is now on it’s 48th edition and it’s been bought by more than 2 million spaniards. In 2007 Simone Ortega, in collaboration with her her daughter Inés Ortega, released two english versions of 1080 recetas de cocina (1080 Recipes). The british version is publish by Phaidon and it’s wonderfully and playfully illustrated by designer Javier Mariscal. Simone Ortega passed away in 2008 but her legacy lives on through her legendary cookbook.

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Black teas from Friggs

Black teas from Friggs

Swedish Friggs is mostly know for their health oriented products and herbal teas. They are now breaking their tradition of fruity teas (no pun intended) and releasing a line of black teas tastefully packaged by the design agency Public Speaking. The design is based round clean typography and simple symbols indicating the teas different flavors. The overall look has a retro feel and I like it.

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A bit of a chicken

A bit of a chicken

When I think of pre marinated chicken I see the boring a uninspiring packing from Swedish Kronfågel. Luckily there is some companies in the world that dare to be playful and stand out a bit, unfortunately you can’t find their products in Sweden. The company in question is Prior who makes Litt av en Kylling (a bit of a chicken) and the company behind the design is Dinamo Design. The design might be a bit to childish for some but I for one would love to see a bigger variation of styles among our Swedish brands.

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Empire Mayonnaise

Empire Mayonnaise

Empire Mayonnaise is a small, newly started company specializing in exotic flavored quality mayonnaises. With flavors as black garlic, pistachio and mayonnaise made from emu eggs they stand out from a pretty boring and like minded industry. Add to that inviting packaging and I’m sold. Behind the company you find designer Elizabeth Valleau (who of course designed the packaging) and chef Sam Mason. The two have with seemingly small means managed to create something exiting and unique. And if you want to taste their mayonnaises you’ll have to look them up at the Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg.

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