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The Year in Review, Part 7: The Best in Color, Illustration, Photography, 3D Elements, and Motion

In Part 7 we turn our attention to the common supporting elements of an identity. The first selections are for the best color palettes employed throughout the year. The second group is for illustration, celebrating those that excelled in their leading role as well as those in supporting roles. The third looks at photography, from that used to showcase a product’s ingredients to brand-statement photography. The fourth showcases 3D elements, which were surprisingly in low demand this year. Finally, the fifth group looks at the best use of motion — not the best specific animation but the overall system of movement behaviors. (I broke my own rule on that last bit with an honorable mention at the end to acknowledge one set of animations that were pretty epic.) All in all, plenty of visual exuberance from top to bottom.

All Year-in-review Posts so far

Part 1: The Most Notable
Part 2: Recurring Trends
Part 3: The Most Not Great
Part 4: The Best Friday Likes
Part 5: The Best in Icons, Monograms, Wordmarks, and Mascots
Part 6: The Best in Proprietary Type and Use of Typography
Part 7: The Best in Color Palettes, Illustration, Photography, 3D Elements, and Motion
Part 8: The Best in Logo Evolutions, Logo Animations, Introduction Videos, Busiest Firms, and Post Titles
Part 9: The Best in Packaging
Part 10: The Best

 

Best In
Color Palette
 

New Name, Logo, and Identity for Jaktar by Bedow


Colors
New Name, Logo, and Identity for Jaktar by Bedow
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Pipiris Fries by Manifiesto


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Pipiris Fries by Manifiesto
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Zip by Koto


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Zip by Koto
 
 

New Name, Logo, and Identity for Knowdonia by Thisaway


Colors
New Name, Logo, and Identity for Knowdonia by Thisaway
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Juniper by Eucalyptus


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Juniper by Eucalyptus
 
 

New Logo and Packaging for Ingredients Matter by Abby Haddican Studio


Colors
New Logo and Packaging for Ingredients Matter by Abby Haddican Studio
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Seat S.A. by Interbrand


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Seat S.A. by Interbrand
 
 

New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Le Puzz by Little Troop


Colors
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Le Puzz by Little Troop
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Zagat by Franklyn


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Zagat by Franklyn
 
 

New Logo and Identity for ElClásico by Vasava


Colors
New Logo and Identity for ElClásico by Vasava
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Boston Calling by Contino Studio and Colossus


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Boston Calling by Contino Studio and Colossus
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Australian National University by For The People


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Australian National University by For The People
 
 

New Logo and Identity for 6ourbon 7ime by Leo Burnett Chicago


Colors
New Logo and Identity for 6ourbon 7ime by Leo Burnett Chicago
 
 

New Logo and Packaging for New Holland Brewing by Design Bridge


Colors
New Logo and Packaging for New Holland Brewing by Design Bridge
 
 

New Logo and Identity for Burger King by Jones Knowles Ritchie


Colors
New Logo and Identity for Burger King by Jones Knowles Ritchie
 
Best In
Illustration
 

Mind by DesignStudio

Illustrated by DesignStudio


Mind by DesignStudio
 
 

Calendly by Pentagram

Illustrated by Mike Lemanski


Calendly by Pentagram
 
 

Hungry Harvest by BBMG

Illustrated by BBMG


Hungry Harvest by BBMG
 
 

Upwork by Porto Rocha

Illustrated by Martin Nicolausson, Roberts Rurans, and Tania Yakunova



 
 

Okse by Studio Oker

Illustrated by Jay Cover


Okse by Studio Oker
 
 

Habito by Uncommon

Illustrated by Saiman Chow



 
 

Culture Amp by for The People

Illustrated by Ilana Bodenstein and Dash O’Brien-Georgeson with animations by Never Sit Still



 
 

Native Foods by TOKY

Illustrated by TOKY


Native Foods by TOKY
 
 

Juniper by Eucalyptus

Illustrated by Ilana Bodenstein


Juniper by Eucalyptus
 
 

Mandai by Anak

Illustrated by Stevie Anderson


Mandai by Anak
 
 

Sweetgreen by COLLINS and In-house

Illustrated by COLLINS (Sanuk Kim and Zuzanna Rogattty)


Sweetgreen by COLLINS and In-house
 
 

Reveal by Ragged Edge

Illustrated by Itamar Makover


Reveal by Ragged Edge
 
 

Derwent Valley by for The People

Illustrated by Ilana Bodenstein


Derwent Valley by for The People
 
 

SeatGeek done In-house with Hoodzpah and Mother Design

Illustrated by Mickey Duzyj


SeatGeek done In-house with Hoodzpah and Mother Design
 
 

Next Insurance by COLLINS

Illustrated by Caspar Wain


Next Insurance by COLLINS
 
Best In
Photography
 

Bahlsen by Auge Design

Photographed by The Food Pirate


Bahlsen by Auge Design
 
 

Knowdonia by Thisaway

Photographed by Hollie Harmsworth


Knowdonia by Thisaway
 
 

Match by COLLINS

Photographed by Ashley Batz and Mari Juliano with prop styling by Theo Livaudais


Match by COLLINS
 
 

Jaktar by Bedow

Photographed by Bedow and 29 Production


Jaktar by Bedow
 
 

IKU by Universal Favourite

Photographed by Benito Martin with styling by Jessica Johnson


IKU by Universal Favourite
 
 

Juniper by Eucalyptus

Photographed by Saskia Wilson


Juniper by Eucalyptus
 
 

Youthforia by Universal Favourite

Photographed by Jamie Heath


Youthforia by Universal Favourite
 
 

Oneflow by MultiAdaptor

Photographed by Ross Brind


Oneflow by MultiAdaptor
 
 

Le Puzz by Little Troop

Photographed by Alistair Matthews


Le Puzz by Little Troop
 
 

6ourbon 7ime by Leo Burnett Chicago

no credit specified


6ourbon 7ime by Leo Burnett Chicago
 
Best In
3D Elements
 

Zig by R/GA

no credit specified


Zig by R/GA
 
 

Geltor by &Walsh

no credit specified


Geltor by &Walsh
 
 

Globe-Trotter by Ragged Edge

no credit specified


Globe-Trotter by Ragged Edge
 
 

Olympia by SomeOne

no credit specified


Olympia by SomeOne
 
 

Block done In-house with 1.0 Design

no credit specified


Block done In-house with 1.0 Design
 
Best In
Motion
 

Tribeca Festival by Pentagram

Motion by Pentagram



 
 

MTV by loyalkaspar

Motion by loyalkaspar


MTV by loyalkaspar
 
 

Oculus by Moniker

Motion by Never Sit Still



 
 

Hulu by DixonBaxi

Motion by DixonBaxi



 
 

2021 Sydney Film Festival by For The People

Motion by For the People


2021 Sydney Film Festival by For The People
 
 

Vevo by Porto Rocha

Motion by Fionn Breen



 
 

Futurenatural by Studio Dumbar and Adidas

Motion by Studio Dumbar



 
 

Block done In-house with 1.0 Design

no credit specified



 
 

Canal Brasil by Tátil Design

Motion by Globo In-house team



 
 

Next Insurance by COLLINS

Animation by Buck



 
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