Hot on the heels of our Graphic Design Annual, we’re extremely pleased to present the inaugural Computer Arts Collection Branding Annual 2014: an inspirational showcase of the world’s best branding and identity design. Inside these pages you’ll find a meticulously curated selection of work – it’s all here, from the seminal projects that made the world stop and take notice, to outstanding examples of branding brilliance from smaller, lesser-known studios that have caught the eye of the Computer Arts team over the year.
We couldn’t have done it on our own. To help us cultivate this collection of creative excellence, we invited a panel of industry experts to each nominate their five favourite projects from the past twelve months. The talented Michael Johnson needs no introduction. He joined the team alongside 38 leading design professionals, including Alt Group co-founder and AGI member Dean Poole, Studio Dumbar’s Liza Enebeis, the Anagrama crew, Lundgren+Lindqvist partner Anders Lundgren and Chris Moody, creative director at Wolff Olins. For a full introduction to all our panellists, head over to page 124.
Between us, we’ve looked at hundreds of branding projects crafted by design studios, creative agencies, branding consultants and individual practitioners based – like our panel members – all around the globe. It wasn’t an easy task. “It feels like having to name your favourite family members!” was a comment we heard a few times.
The results are stunning. We’d like to offer a huge thank you to all our panel members, who, together, added an invaluable depth and breadth to the Annual. Thanks, too, to Non-Format: the studio’s striking designs can be seen throughout these pages and have truly shaped the publication – the pair speak to us on page 06.
Finally, a special thanks goes to our good friends at Celloglas. The British finishing house has once again pulled out all the stops to make the Annual a fitting celebration of the projects showcased inside, with a stylish red foil, beautiful fluted emboss and soft-touch finish.
Whether you’re looking for thought-provoking, engaging or simply beautiful branding, you’ll find it all inside the Annual. Enjoy!