All Likes stroke my fancy today. Wait… that sounds terrible. But you get the point.
Today I think we have a lot of niche bests, including the best coffee materials for an international chain, the best stationery set for a Russian private investigator, and the best use of vintage devices for a photo lab.
Started in 2011, Qapital is Swedish start-up that provides an online service to manage and get an overview of users’ personal finances. It’s not a bank nor a financial advise company, it simply connects to your existing bank accounts and generates charts and summaries of how, where, and when you spent your money. And it does it in a very pretty way. This month, Qapital has released its private Beta site and along with it a new identity designed by Stockholm-based Bedow.
The internationalitiness — yes, I know that is not an actual conjugation — of Friday Likes continues with work from Spain, Sweden, and New York.
Founded in 1853, the current corporate form of TeliaSonera is the result of a 2002 merger between Swedish and Finnish telecommunications companies, Telia and Sonera. TeliaSonera oversees eighteen different consumer brands “in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain” accounting for more than 157 million subscribers. They employ over 28,000 employees across the world and are the fifth largest telecommunications provider in Europe. Yesterday they announced a unification of all its consumer brands and its corporate identity under a single logo, designed by Landor.
Established in the early 1940s, Findus — name comes from Fruit Industries apparently — is a Swedish producer and distributor of frozen food products for consumer retail and wholesale foodservices. It operates in other European markets like France, the UK, and the in the Nordic countries, as well as in Thailand. The new identity was designed by Stockholm-based Pond. Press release in Swedish here. And, yes, the logo is supposed to be a flag.
Established in 1965, Riksutställningar (Swedish Travelling Exhibitions) is an organization devoted to organizing and mobilizing art exhibitions not just in Sweden but all of Europe. Its new identity was designed by Stockholm, Sweden-based Gabor Palotai. “Built upon a square and a comma, the graphic profile communicates stability and changeability. The square frames several perspectives: a picture frame, the boxes used to transport the exhibitions, and the rooms where exhibitions are displayed. As a continuation without an end, the comma represents the mission of the travelling exhibition: to remake, rethink, and rebuild.” More applications here.
Established in 1973, Hemtex is the leading store of home textile products in the Nordic region with 189 stores in Sweden (where it has the most at 143), Finland, Denmark, Norway and Estonia. Hemtex produces, designs, and/or commissions most of its products, while others are carefully selected from existing inventory. Its range spans everything from towels, to pillows, to curtains in playfully minimalist patterns and simple color palettes. Hemtex recently introduced a new identity designed by Stockholm Design Lab.
Opened in 2009 as one of the most committed and focused stores in providing organic and environmentally conscious products — from produce to laundry detergent to milk — in Stockholm, Hermans Ekohandel has grown in popularity and in ambitions, leading it to redesign its identity and rename its store, to Eat! Ekoaffären, with the help of Stockholm-based Bedow Creative.
To our Swedish readers this will be old news and the following brief introduction might fail to convey the political subtleties that this topic entails. In 2006 the four right-wing parties of Sweden — the Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberal People’s Party, and Christian Democrats — formed the Allians för Sverige (Alliance for Sweden) as a way to stand stronger against the left-wing Social Democratic Party, which has led Swedish politics for the last 70 years. While each of the four allied parties is still running on their own, the Allians allows them so stand together on common issues. This past March, the Allians för Sverige changed its name to, simply, Alliansen (The Alliance) and introduced a new logo in preparation for the 2010 elections. The logo was designed by Stockholm-based Garbergs.