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你好, guten tag, こんにちは,
여보세요, olá, selamat datang,
bonjour, ciao, helló.

We are a creative design studio based in Queenstown, New Zealand. The studio specialises in branding and packaging design. We are used to working for diverse clients from around the world.


About makebardo
We have chosen to keep the studio small. This allows us to work very closely with our clients, giving them personalised attention without losing the quality of the work. Over the years we have discovered that this is the best way to achieve excellent results, making the process easy, flexible and free from obstacles. Our style while very diverse, merges pragmatism and functionalism with beautifully executed strong concepts.

Photo at The Design Conference, Australia.
See article by Matthew Haynes (TDC Founder) here


The studio grows and contracts depending on particular projects. The current core team includes:


Bren Imboden, born Castelar, Argentina.
Creative & Design Director

Bren graduated in Graphic Design from the University of Buenos Aires, and also studied Stage Design at the Colón Theatre. Her love for illustration allows her to collaborate with many editorials such as Editorial Planeta, Emecé, Quipu, and Lumen among other publishers and fashion labels around the world. She is a graphic designer and illustrator with an international reputation for her strong concept approach, which has resulted in awards at many competitions.

Luis Viale, born Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Creative Director

Luis graduated in Architecture from the UM University in Buenos Aires. He has worked as a designer in various design studios and creative agencies across Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Melbourne. With a multidisciplinary profile, he loves to work in teams and is always ready to face new challenges. Luis is not only an Architect by training, he has multifaceted skills because of his experience. His line of work is based on experimentation and research in the field of architecture, industrial and graphic design, all combined in a uniquely human way.



Brand Identity 
Concept Development
Design Strategy
Digital Design
Editorial Design
Packaging Design
Printed Collateral
Retail Environments
Signage & Wayfinding Systems 

Awards & Selected Press

The Dieline Award 2019: Silver Winner—Packaging: East Street Cider Co.—United States
Best Design Awards 2019: Finalist—Environmental Graphics: Queenstown Airport—New Zealand
Best Design Awards 2018: Finalist—Packaging: Zamora—New Zealand
Best Design Awards 2017: Finalist—Packaging: The Empanada Kitchen—New Zealand
Best Design Awards 2016: Bronze Winner—Packaging: Cargo Brewery—New Zealand
Fully Visualized: Branding Stories—Sandu Publishing—Guangzhou, China
Color Now: Color Combinations for Commercial Design—Send Points Publishing—China
Asia-Pacific Design Award: Selected as one of the most outstanding design representatives of New Zealand
Asia-Pacific Design Vol.14: Sandu Publishing—Guangzhou, China
Asia-Pacific Design Vol.13: Sandu Publishing—Guangzhou, China
First Things First!: New Branding and Design for New Business—Gestalten—Berlin, Germany
Eco Packaging Now: Image Publishing—Shanghai, China
Dotted Visuals: Polka Dots In Contemporary Graphic Design—Send Points Publishing—China
Brand Built: Branding Buildings & their Builders—RHED Publishers—Singapore
Los Logos 8: Gestalten—Berlin, Germany
Page Magazine Vol. 08.2018: Web & corporate design—Hamburg, Germany
Page Magazine Vol. 04.2017: Recruiting in the design and digital sector—Hamburg, Germany
Chois Gallery Vol. 36: The best Graphic Design—Shanghai, China
Chois Gallery Vol. 31: The best Graphic Design—Shanghai, China
Caminos Inspirados: Trimarchi Editions & Cynar—Collaboration with Voicot—Mar del Plata, Argentina
Green First!: Earth friendly design—Sandu Publishing—Guangzhou, China
Illustrative Branding: Smashing illustrations for brands—Victionary Editorial—Hong Kong, China
Counter-Print Packaging: A modern compendium of graphic design for packaging—Counter-Print—United Kingdom
Göoo: Bikefriendly Imagination—Göoo Editions—Buenos Aires, Argentina
IdN Magazine Vol. 21.6: Packaging Design—Hong Kong, China
Basic Identity 2: Index Book—Barcelona, Spain
Novum Magazine Vol. 02.17: Journey to Brazil—Munich, Germany
Novum Magazine Vol. 12.16: Way-finding—Munich, Germany
Novum Magazine Vol. 04.15: AUS & NZ design—Munich, Germany
Typography: Exploring the limits—Sandu Publishing—Guangzhou, China
GSM Magazine Vol.8: BJ Ball Ltd—New Zealand & Australia
Impacto Latin Vol. 2016: Las mejores ilustraciones latinoamericanas. Universidad de Palermo—Buenos Aires, Argentina
Impacto Latin Vol. 2015: Las mejores ilustraciones latinoamericanas. Universidad de Palermo—Buenos Aires, Argentina
A5 Magazine Vol. 13: Animal—Illustration: Manifestación—Tel Aviv, Israel
Inspo Finds: Collection I—Belgium
Architectural Logos: A handbook of architectural marks of identity. Counter-Print—London, UK
Computer Arts Vol. 252: Design matters article—United Kingdom
Modern Heraldry: Crests & Shields—Counter-Print—London, UK
Package & Design Magazine Vol. 2015: Zelanian design duo makebardo: Creativity burst from multicultural—Guangzhou, China
Color Code: Branding & Identity—Promopress—Barcelona, Spain
Flexible Packaging: Send Points Publishing—China
Favourite Design Vol. 2018: Avignon, France
Favourite Design Vol. 2016: Avignon, France
Favourite Design Vol. 2014: Avignon, France
Tres Tintas Awards 2013: Finalist—Illustration: Animal—Buenos Aires, Argentina
CITIx60: City Guides Melbourne—Victionary Editorial—Hong Kong, China

Conferences, Talks & Master Classes

Spark, International Festival of Media, Arts, Music, and Design 2017. Title: The makebardo's Kitchen—Wintec’s School of Media Arts—Hamilton, New Zealand
Best of the Best Designers Speak ®. Project: Cargo Brewery—The Designers Institute—Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki—New Zealand
Autumn Conversations. Title: Behind The Honest Drop—Presented by Design Assembly—EPIC, Christchurch—New Zealand
Adobe Creative Jam. Project: Cargo Brewery—Presented by Design Assembly—Thievery Studio—Auckland, New Zealand
Shillington Lecture. Title: Packaging—Melbourne, Australia
Creative Lab Talk. Title: Documentary Art—Arts & Creativity Platform—Guimarães, Portugal
The Design Conference. Title: Packaging, Branding & Illustration—Brisbane, Australia
Pack You Workshop. Title: Jump to the 3 dimensions—Brisbane, Australia
Spark, Design Industry Breakfast. Project: Queenstown Airport—Mavis, Made to Order—Hamilton, New Zealand
Canal 180 Workshop. Title: Offline, Pure Experimentation—Arts & Creativity Platform—Guimarães, Portugal
Behance. Review Portfolio Leader—NAB Building—Melbourne, Australia

Exhibitions & Art Installations

2017. Posters Exhibition Design Assembly: Object Space—Auckland, New Zealand
2017. Posters Exhibition Design Assembly: XCHC Exchange Christchurch—Christchurch, New Zealand
2016. Posters Exhibition Design Assembly: XCHC Exchange Christchurch—Christchurch, New Zealand
2014. Puma Urban Art festival: Illustrations Exhibition at Centro Cultural Recoleta—Title: Ahora—Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013. The Corner Hotel: Audiovisual Set For Mac DeMarco—Melbourne, Australia
2013. 180 Creative Lab: Art Residence—Title: Chronicle Of The Thaw Installation—Guimarães, Portugal
2013. Eufònic: Audiovisual Festival Of Catalonia—Visual set for Joan Martí-Frasquier—Collaboration with Blow Factory—Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain
2012. WeArt Festival: Audiovisual Installation—Project: Climax—Barcelona, Spain
2012. MiRA Festival: Audiovisual Set For Dj Ragul—Collaboration with Blow Factory—Barcelona, Spain
2012. Sala Apolo: Audiovisual Set For Rafael Lechowski—Collaboration with Blow Factory—Barcelona, Spain
2012. Civic Centre Urgell: Audiovisual Set For Farràs-Romaní—Hot Jazz Cats—Collaboration with Blow Factory—Barcelona, Spain
2012. Werk It: Mapping Installation Residence—Collaboration with Blow Factory—Barcelona, Spain
2012. O-Cults: Brand Design Network—Part of the young and finest designers from Barcelona—Barcelona, Spain
2012. Yuzz & Barcelona City Council: Entrepreneur program for ideas with technological Innovation—The project: Natto—Barcelona, Spain
2011. Arte y Parte: Illustrators Exhibition—Buenos Aires, Argentina
2010. Panorámica: Audiovisual Set For Schwerpunkt—Project: Cruda—Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008. Creamfields: Illustrated Audiovisual Set—Collaboration with Blow Factory—Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008. Ehma: Illustrators Exhibition—Project: Indigo Girls—Córdoba, Argentina
2008. Centro Metropolitano de Diseño: Product & Retail Workshop— Infinit Eyewear Concept Designs—Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005. Manzana de las Luces: Madres De Plaza De Mayo Exhibition—Project: 78´ Football World Cup Poster—Buenos Aires,  Argentina
2004. Centro Metropolitano de Diseño: University Of Buenos Aires Exhibition—Cathedra Gabriele—Buenos Aires,  Argentina
2003. Colón Theatre: Superior Institute of Art of Colón Theatre Realisation of Scenography—Workshop: Victor de Pilla y Alicia Gumá—Buenos Aires, Argentina