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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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.
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!)
I’ve been noticing some awesomely executed foodie packaging out there lately. So happy that design is finally impacting this category – could you imagine if a walk through the grocery store looked like this? Hopefully someday…
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…)
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!)