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Happycentro is a multi-platform Design Agency based in Verona Italy. One of my favorite pieces of theirs is this stunning identity/packaging design for a raw chocolate brand.

Our formula for beauty is mixing complexity, order and fatigue. We like contamination between creative disciplines and diversity in general. We don’t like doing same thing twice, and prefer going further what we’re already able to do. It is tiring but satisfying.

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Ice Cream Dream

To be clear, this product doesn’t exist in real life. Which is a low down dirty shame, if you ask me. Rather, it’s a branding project by Chicago-based designer Parker Jones, who set out to lend a bit of levity to the very real issue known as PMS…

PMS Ice Cream

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Fruity Goodness

Beautiful brand identity for FRUTITAS, a Polish company that sells processed fruit. The family company, which was created out of “love for the sweet taste of dried fruits born on Polish soil”, makes snacks that are healthy and sweet, cheerful and colorful.

Designed by: Paris+Hendzel Studio, Poland.

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Ripple Coffee

Love this packaging solution for Ripple Coffee!

Ripple Coffee is committed to roasting beans strictly from farms owned by women. The company is dedicated to compensating women for their contributions by giving a percentage of each purchase back to the community. Design Womb partnered and delivered a complete brand identity and creative package design for a lineup of whole bean coffee. The coffee bags are vibrant and patterned. The fresh, rotating color palette captures the spirit of the company’s cause while drawing inspiration from beautiful coffee farms and sources around the globe. Each roast utilizes large, bold tasting notes, with a playful and wholesome tone.

Creative Agency: Design Womb
Photography: Lucy Hewett
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Ripple Coffee
Location: Bexley, Ohio, USA
Packaging Material: Flexible Pouch

Ripple Coffee

Choosy About Chocolate

In my book, the best Valentine’s Day gifts start as a cocoa plant, and morph into something sinfully decadent at the hands of master chocolatiers with the wisdom to hire extraordinary packaging designers.

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Old Faithful Shop - Smoked Chocolate Chips, $17.95
Old Faithful Shop – Smoked Chocolate Chips, $17.95
Dandelion Chocolate, $8
Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco, $8
San Churro Real Chocolate
San Churro Real Chocolate, Australia
Melt Chocolate Bars, £7.20
Melt Chocolate Bars, London, £7.20
Mast Brothers' Chocolate, $10
Mast Brothers’ Chocolate, Brooklyn, $10
Honest Chocolate
Honest Chocolate, South Africa
Olive & Sinclair, $6.99
Olive & Sinclair, Nashville, $6.99
Fine and Raw, Brooklyn, $11
Fine and Raw, Brooklyn, $11
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Mariebelle, NYC, $6
Askinosie Chocolate dark chocolate gift set, $99
Askinosie Chocolate, Springfield, Missouri, dark chocolate gift set, $99

Belle Baguette

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This understated packaging/identity design by the French firm Les Bons Faiseurs (“the bond makers”) is as beautiful as it is smart. It’s designed using different grain silhouettes to create a playful signature pattern, accented with simple, elegant typography. C’est beau!

Lupains Bread

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Monstrous Supplies

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As you know, I’m terribly keen on amusement. Especially so when there’s a killer (hee-hee!; a little Halloween humor there?) back story. Should you be strolling through the streets of London today, consider stopping by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to pick up a brilliantly designed little surprise for the trick-or-treaters or a clever all hallow’s eve hostess gift (Not in London? Everything’s available on-line too!).

Established in 1818 (or so I’m told), they are a “purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind”. But that’s not all. Head toward the back of the shop, and you’ll find something equally special; the Ministry of Stories, a volunteer organization dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation. Here, they provide a free space, workshops and one-to-one mentoring for young writers. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all donating their time and talent. Now, that’s not so scary after all, is it? (As always, click to shop!)

Night Terrors, £8.00. Vanquishes all dreams of future happiness and Rainbow Coloured Flying Ponies. Larger doses will induce visions of French Teachers and Orthodontists. Contains sweets and "Night Terrors" by Eoin Colfer, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 9+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Night Terrors, £8.00. Vanquishes all dreams of future happiness and Rainbow Coloured Flying Ponies. Larger doses will induce visions of French Teachers and Orthodontists. Contains sweets and “Night Terrors” by Eoin Colfer, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 9+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
The Heebie-Jeebies, £8.00. Induces an immediate, tangible and most marvellous sensation of the Heebie-Jeebies, quickly relieving all cases of Well-Being, Joy, Warmth and General Happiness. An agreeable substitute to the Collywobbles; may contain traces of mild peril. Contains boiled sweets and “The Heebie-Jeebies” by David Nicholls, a specially commissioned short story exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
The Heebie-Jeebies, £8.00. Induces an immediate, tangible and most marvellous sensation of the Heebie-Jeebies, quickly relieving all cases of Well-Being, Joy, Warmth and General Happiness. An agreeable substitute to the Collywobbles; may contain traces of mild peril. Contains boiled sweets and “The Heebie-Jeebies” by David Nicholls, a specially commissioned short story exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Creeping Dread, £8.00. A perspicacious yet plausible remedy that prevents all sense of relaxation. Acts gently and promptly upon the Mind and Emotions. Likely to induce visions of Ghouls, Bogeymen, and things that go BUMP! in the night. Contains sweets and "Creeping Dread" by Charlie Higson, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 12+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Creeping Dread, £8.00. A perspicacious yet plausible remedy that prevents all sense of relaxation. Acts gently and promptly upon the Mind and Emotions. Likely to induce visions of Ghouls, Bogeymen, and things that go BUMP! in the night. Contains sweets and “Creeping Dread” by Charlie Higson, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 12+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
A Vague Sense of Unease, £8.00. Effectively destroys all feelings of ease, creating a rising yet uncertain sense of disquiet. Invaluable for general uses in the home. Guaranteed perfectly pure and genuine. Contains boiled sweets and “A Vague Sense of Unease” by Laura Dockrill, a specially commissioned poem exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and suitable for readers 7+.
A Vague Sense of Unease, £8.00. Effectively destroys all feelings of ease, creating a rising yet uncertain sense of disquiet. Invaluable for general uses in the home. Guaranteed perfectly pure and genuine. Contains boiled sweets and “A Vague Sense of Unease” by Laura Dockrill, a specially commissioned poem exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and suitable for readers 7+.
Cubed Ear Wax, £5.00. Our earwax is harvested from humans fed on a strict diet of Tinned Fear, which is marvellously effective in stimulating the Ceruminous Gland. Made the traditional way, in copper pans above a gas flame, this is some of the finest earwax available anywhere.
Cubed Ear Wax, £5.00. Our earwax is harvested from humans fed on a strict diet of Tinned Fear, which is marvellously effective in stimulating the Ceruminous Gland. Made the traditional way, in copper pans above a gas flame, this is some of the finest earwax available anywhere.
Cubed Ear Wax (detail)
Cubed Ear Wax (detail)
Fang Floss, £3.00. Our marvellously strong Fang Floss is invaluable in cleaning where traditional sticks and brushes can’t reach, removing all common forms of fang-matter, including: brains, gore, bones, viscera, entrails, seaweed, toffee, and much more. Ideal for the 21st Century monster who believes  chomping through flesh and bone shouldn’t have to put a crimp on post-mauling socialising. This spool can be carried easily in a pocket or a pouch, leaving both hands free to floss.
Fang Floss, £3.00. Our marvellously strong Fang Floss is invaluable in cleaning where traditional sticks and brushes can’t reach, removing all common forms of fang-matter, including: brains, gore, bones, viscera, entrails, seaweed, toffee, and much more. Ideal for the 21st Century monster who believes chomping through flesh and bone shouldn’t have to put a crimp on post-mauling socialising. This spool can be carried easily in a pocket or a pouch, leaving both hands free to floss.

Monster Cash

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Wine-ding Up the Week

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When a great idea mates with fabulous design… well, that’s the magic, isn’t it? Rewined is a Charleston, SC company that manufactures wine-scented, premium soy wax candles that are housed in recycled wine bottles. (Their web site is amazing – be sure to check out the “what we do” section!) The packaging credits go to Stitch Design Co. who created an identity that thoughtfully reflects the essence of the brand while compelling purchases based on aesthetics alone. Cheers!

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Brewing Up Some Brilliant Branding

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Here’s a beautifully elegant and thoughtful study in branding by designer Julian Hrankov of Berlin Germany. He transforms the packaging and identity of staid IM NU coffee products from eclectic and forgettable to consistent and compellingly relevant. Nicely done.

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Pretty Perfumed Packages

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I’m smitten with Colorado’s Margot Elena‘s (aka the brains behind Tokyo Milk, Love & Toast and Lollia) newest bath & body collection, Library of Flowers. For lovers of thoughtful, gorgeous packaging design, this “American Small Batch Perfumery” hits the spot with colorful floral illustrations and handwritten typography – awesome for gift-giving! (As always, click to shop!)

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Making Spirits Bright

Over the next few weekends, many of us will be headed off to one festive soiree after another, bottle of wine in hand in recognition of the fact that said hostess did all the prep work (cleaning, cooking, sprinkling copious amounts of twinkle lights around, et al), and all you did was stop by the liquor store. So, why not be a bit creative this season by opting for an interesting bottle with unexpected flair and an awesome design. Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you in the mood to make a statement. (Caveat: No, I have not tried all of these libations; ergo, there is some risk that behind the lovely design lurks a beverage that tastes like liquid coal. But what the heck; live dangerously…)

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X Wine Labels

VL92 Gin

7 Plagies Wine

Beach House Wine

Industry City Vodka

Blue Hugs Wine

Crazy Uncle Punch

Jaqk Wine Cellars

Table Wine

REYKA Vodka

Outdoor Vino

Fox and Rabbit

Este Wine

Circus Wine Packaging

Glenrothes Scotch Whisky

Packaged Good

Gloriously designed packaging is my achilles heel. Somehow, when the packaging is all lovely looking, I care not what the actual product might be like. (Case and point: Couldn’t resist the Orla Kiely patterned foaming hand soap from Method at Target. The fact that it smells like feet has yet to compel me to toss it.) So I consider it a terrific bonus when an extraordinary package adorns goods worthy of their dressing. Tokyo Milk is one that gets it right – giftable goods that are actually a pleasure to use. I mean, “Salted Caramel Lip Balm”? …Aah, life’s little luxuries!  (As always, click to shop!)

Let them Eat Cake Shea Butter Lotion, $20
Dead Sexy Shea Butter Lotion, $20
Sugar Bomb Mix-n-Match Fragrance Vials, $18
Rose Flower Soap, $11
Bee Soap, $11
Sweet Cream Bon Bon Lip Balm, $10
Crushed Shea Butter Handcreme, $22
Salted Caramel Lip Balm, $7
Paper & Cotton Parfum, $30
Let Them Eat Cake Parfum, $30
Your Kiss Is On My List Lipstick, $24
Sugar Plum Solid Parfum, $18

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