Pablo & Rusty’s


Designed by Manual | Country: United States

“Pablo & Rusty’s is an award-winning small-batch coffee roaster based in Sydney, Australia. They strive to find amazing coffee; determine the best way to roast it; take it to one of their four stores and deliver an exceptional experience to their customers. Pablo & Rusty’s have a strong company culture, are passionate about sustainability, and are in constant pursuit of perfection.

Pablo & Rusty’s approached Manual to rebrand the company and better reflect the values they’d developed over the past decade. An immersion into the brand began with a brief research trip to Sydney to learn more about local coffee culture and experience Pablo & Rusty’s retail locations.”

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“Manual then created a complete brand identity, and applied it to key retail and packaging elements. We began by taking inspiration from the core of their business—the humble coffee sacks and stencil typography often found printed on them—and reinterpreted this as modern, sophisticated custom-drawn logotype. In our research we discovered that many of their customers and staff referred to them as ‘P&R’ for short, so we recommended building on that brand recognition and created a monogram that would work at small sizes. This duality in naming and branding provided the backbone for all print, packaging, and retail design elements.

The simple use of typography and restrained color palette provided the appropriate level of design sophistication, and allowed the cafe experience–and coffee–to remain the focus.”

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World Design Rankings


WDR – World Design Rankings announced the updated design rankings of countries based on the number of design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. Once again the United States ranked as number 1 among the 69 represented countries, followed by Turkey, Hong Kong, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, China, Brazil, Germany and Greece which took the top positions in 2014.

The WDR – World Design Rankings aims to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the state-of-art in design industry. The ultimate aim of the world design rankings is to contribute to global design culture through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings aim to provide a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses and available opportunities.

See how each country stacked up.


A’ Design Award and Competition

A’ Design Award and Competition aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide. The primary aim of the award is to create publicity, PR push and advertisement opportunities for award winners while supporting the global design culture, creating incentives for entrants to come up with superior designs for a better future. Learn more or submit your projects at


Check out some of the past winners below.

- Get the hang of it Paper bag by Aliki Rovithi

- Images of KRYSTAL Nature’s Alkaline Water by KRYSTAL Nature’s Alkaline Water

- Images of Panda Liquorice by David Pearman

- Sponsored post. Find out more about our sponsored posts.

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Designed by Identity Works | Country: Sweden | Pair with: Wolverine 1883

“More than just the average petrol and hotdog selling roadside service stations, OKQ8 are trained car people that put your car first.

With this and a fregmented portfolio of car maintenance products in mind, OKQ8 approached Identity Works with a challenge. Create a unifying design system. Something easy to navigate, knowledgeable and quality reassuring.

Our Thinking. Performance fused with user friendly. Like the dashboard in your car. Neutral colours fused with guiding spot colours. Our principle. The the bigger and brighter the information, the more important to take note of it.

The result. A versatile, user friendly design and pictogram system spanning 130 products in 10 categories.”

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- occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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Williams-Sonoma Coffee


Designed by Pavement | Country: United States | Pair with: Penfield

“Pavement designed this simple, sophisticated label to help customers instantly connect Williams-Sonoma’s famous culinary expertise with the quality and complex flavors to be found in their new gourmet blends of coffee. Following the inspiration of gourmet tasting notes, we created a typestyle, color palette and design that distinguishes each blend, while making each appear easily accessible for any occasion and method of brewing.”


- occasionally receives vendor/brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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