Last weekend saw Canberra host the 2017 AGDA Awards. While there was a selection of well-deserved wins for some incredible work there was also, in my opinion, a stack of amazing work that was not recognised. Here’s a small selection of work that didn’t win and left me scratching my head. Vista by Voice Design, Dasher + Fisher by Co-Partnership, Bare Witness by RE, Shortys by The Colour Club, Shop Around by Toko and D’Angelo Coffee by Band.
Really digging this packaging for Firefly – a botanical cocktail drink in collaboration with mixologist Mr Lyan. B&B studio have taken original botanical book illustrations and added colour and texture to make them more contemporary. But the brave bit is that the illustration takes over the front of the bottle, pushing the brand name to the back. Turning traditional beverage packaging on its head whilst providing a level of intrigue and innovation. Love it.
Design by Interabang
GREK are a new range of high quality herbal teas from Greece. Interabang have created a brand that steers clear of Greek clichés and have instead taken inspiration from the Xysta tiles of Pyrgi, where the founder took childhood trips. The result is powerful, unique and memorable. Beautiful details include the short stories describing each flavour, with charming illustrations & words by Claire Curtis and Scott Perry.
London Tea – Duty Free Packs
London’s airport duty free shops tend to be filled with horrible products covered in bad London clichés. This range of teas from The London Tea Co take this clichéd language (beef eaters, city bankers, policemen etc) and create a charming set of collectible tins. Based on the simple idea of the classic consequences game – combining heads, bodies and legs to make fun combos and lend a memorable twist.
Who Gives A Crap is an eco-friendly toilet paper company that donates 50% of it’s profits to help build toilets for those in need. It was launched in 2012 and has already donated over $428,500 to help fund sanitation projects in developing countries.
For Christmas this year they commissioned a range from the Jacky Winter Group, with 12 Australian artists contributing designs. The results are a burst of colour and fun in an otherwise crappy category (zing!). Great name, great cause, great design.