Check Out This Dynamic Cereal Packaging

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Scd designed this dynamic packaging for Fitgraan, a new brand of cereal and cereal bars.

“Fitgraan is a new brand of cereals. They wanted to have a brand and packaging that reflected a healthy and good quality of products.”

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Designed By: scd

Creative Director: Natalia Delgadillo, Ana Mesa

Brand Lead & Design: Camila Morales

Photographer: Ana María Mesa

Artwork: Jonathan Cediel

Location: Bogotá, Colombia

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Pack Of The Month: Designing The Quintessential Florida Cold Brew

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By: Casha Doemland

Chances are when you think of Florida, you think of four things, hurricanes, gators, suffocating humidity and Disney World because Floridians need the “The Happiest Place On Earth” to balance everything out.

Despite that, the sunshine state has some redeeming qualities like producing the most oranges for national consumption, as well as a handful of businesses on the up and up. One of which is Made Coffee, a St. Petersburg Coffee Cannery, whose motto is “How do you withstand your typical Florida summer? Cold coffee.”

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Made Coffee started from humble beginnings in early 2015 when founder, Michael Rideout, started shelling out Cold Brew and Nitro Brew from the back of a coffee bike to local eateries and establishments. As the desire to expand arose, the question of how swirled around in his mind. Why become another local coffee house, when you can become “The Cannery,” the nickname for the production facility they acquired in 2016.

Just like that, Florida’s Original Canned Cold Brew was born, and the handful of accounts ballooned to well over 900 with help from Reggie, their Diedrich Roaster that roasts all of the fine coffee beans at their facility.

They also brought in  Break Maiden for some assistance on their branding and packaging design.  

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“Marc Berenguer (Creative Director) and I developed the Made brand a few years back when we were working together at a local agency here in St. Petersburg,” says Kenny Coil, Break Maiden’s other Creative Director at Break Maiden. “The branding and packaging project made a huge splash locally, regionally as well as various social channels. Through the success of Made’s brand launch, I developed a great relationship with Mike and the Made team.”

After Coil relocated to Austin, Texas, he kept in contact with Mike, and when the idea came around to pay homage to everyone’s home state, everyone was on board to create a Made For Florida brew. After all, craft breweries do it all of the time, why couldn’t a craft coffee do the same?

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“Our cold brew is refreshing in the Florida heat and perfect to bring along on outdoor adventures,” says Taylor Prater, co-founder, and marketing maven at Made Coffee.  “We wanted this new packaging to utilize the symbols of Florida – palm trees and sun depictions – with a bit of edginess to stay true to the brand.”

Before introducing the idea to Break Maiden, Made Coffee developed a concept through a series of mood boards, that way they had a solid jumping off point for collaboration.

“The design obviously had to be Florida inspired one way or another, but I knew it didn’t want it to be vintage or distressed,” says Coil. “It felt too easy and maybe a little overdone in the beverage industry. I started my research on South Florida and quickly became obsessed with Miami South Beach architecture. The Colony Hotel, Jerry’s Deli and The McAlpin served as great sources of inspiration to start building out the wireframe.”

Skipping traditional pencil and paper, Coil went straight to the computer to craft his designs. “It’s so much easier to work with straight lines and within a packaging dieline,” Coil chimes in.

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Throughout this process, Berenguer acted as his cross country guide as he was still in Austin and together they explored numerous layouts and color palettes that all fell within Made’s brand guidelines. For example, Made’s original Cold Brew & Nitro Brew cans feature the triangular dip at the top—the Made logo and established date were nonnegotiable. With that in mind, Break Maiden incorporated that basic design into the linework of the limited edition Made For Florida can.

“Once the front and back frames were designed to mimic the architecture of South Beach Miami, it was a matter of figuring out what visuals would sit inside of them,” shares Coil. “We settled on the three most representative of Florida: palm trees, sunshine and the gulf.” While the idea of highlighting the weather in various colors crossed their mind, at the end of the day, the team decided it would only complicate the design.

“Phase two was the waiting game,” starts Coil. “They wanted to make sure they got the time just right.  It didn’t make sense to launch a Florida inspired can in the middle of winter, even if the temperature wasn’t changing.”

The empties ended up sitting pretty in the Cannery awaiting release for a summer launch, which went off without a hitch.

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Looking back, Coil learned the process of using shrink wrap in combination with a complex mono-line design on aluminum can cause a little distortion, and as “shops printing in small quantities are solely focused with getting the job done and out the door, we did our best to quality control to ensure a bangin’ final product,” adds Coil.

At the moment, the Made Coffee is only available to Floridians and those passing through to Disney World or Miami, but expansion isn’t out of the question. The right product line and moment haven’t presented themselves for national distribution, so it’s best to stay on your toes to see when Made Coffee’s Cold Brew or Nitro Brew will be paying homage to a state near you.

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Design Bridge Shanghai create disruptive design for Starbucks Mooncakes

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Design Bridge Shanghai has created a bold new graphic identity and packaging for Starbucks Mooncakes to build emotional connections with younger consumers across China. The new packaging uses a striking colour palette to disrupt traditional design codes while remaining culturally relevant, achieving crucial standout in the market during the Mid-Autumn festival, one of the most important Chinese festivals of the year.

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Tom Gilbert, Creative Director of Design Bridge Shanghai, commented, “The Mid-Autumn festival is an annual harvest celebration centred around the moon and people coming together. Sharing mooncakes with your family and loved ones is an integral part of the festival, so it’s really important that your brand’s mooncakes stand out. Our challenge was to bring something new and exciting to the market that disrupted tradition whilst remaining culturally relevant and true to the Starbucks brand.”

Design Bridge’s familiarity with local traditions and intuitive understanding of the Starbucks brand allowed them to take risks that others may not have dared to. For example, they chose a strikingly contemporary colour palette of lime green, rich orange and purple that challenges traditional design cues yet appeals to younger audiences seeking something new.

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This has been balanced with a sensitivity to the cultural traditions of the festival. For example, the Chinese saying of “人月两团圆”, which translates to “The moon and the people are one”, inspired the creative idea throughout the project; bringing the moon, people and Starbucks together in one design. The packaging features circular ‘wood-cut’ designs, inspired by intricate hand-carved wooden mooncake moulds, which tessellate to make new circular patterns when boxes are displayed side-by-side. Meanwhile a menu card inside each box displays the two halves together as one. These details symbolise the idea of people gathering together with their loved ones during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Tom Gilbert, Creative Director of Design Bridge, commented “Creating a design that combines cultural sensitivity and bold design choices has enabled us to create a genuinely distinctive offer for Starbucks in China. Our design adds something truly unique to the tradition of sharing mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn festival and enables Starbucks to build deeper emotional connections with a younger group of consumers.”

Starbucks Mooncakes is the first project to launch from Design Bridge’s Shanghai Studio, which opened earlier this year. The mooncakes are in store now, ready for the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 24th.

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Designed By: Design Bridge Shanghai

Location: Shanghai, China

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Chon Choner Wants to Take You On a Trip To Vietnam

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Chon Choner is a well-known coffee line from Mr. Viet that features playful illustrations.

“Kopi Luwak (better known as Chon in Vietnam) is a type of coffee famous for a specific way of its processing. It is deemed to be one of the most expensive varieties of coffee in the world.”

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“The goal: Pass the feeling of exotics, emphasize the animal image. Develop a premium and at the same time welcoming image. Explain to the customer that it is exotic coffee from Vietnam.

Solution: We have decided to tell about the product through a picture. Exotic environment and the animal image are self-explanatory.”

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Project Owner: Anastasiya Guseva

Art Direction, Design, Photography: Yura Podryadov

Illustration: Anna Abwehr

Location: Vietnam

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Dog & Man Celebrates One of The Most Special Relationships

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Fabula Branding designed this modern packaging for DOG&MAN pet food.

“The modern pet food market features a lot of strong brands. The customer’s task was to launch a new trademark named DOG&MAN and focused on functional dry dog foods to make it distinguishable.”

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“The majority of competitors emphasize classic dog images in their design concepts. This is why we focused on the relations between the dog and its master. The name itself gave the brand more of a male nature, and we continued to elaborate it.

The design idea divides the package into two parts. The upper one features the photo of a young man with a dog. The image shows their honest partnership based on equality and mutual respect. Different types of foods (for bigger and smaller dogs) are illustrated by different breeds.”

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“The lower part is filled with easily understandable infographics as well as one of the constants in our concept – attractive food styling which is unusual for this category.

To emphasize the male nature of the brand, we used black and white colours, laconic block lettering, and infographics.”

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Designed By: Fabula Branding

Location: Belarus, Minsk

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Genius Gluten Free Is “Good For the Gut”

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Free-From bakery category leader Genius Gluten Free has unveiled two wraps as part of a new ‘Good for the Gut’ range of six products due to roll out this year, with design from London-based B&B studio. The first products to launch are the Genius Fibre Fest Beetroot Wraps and Genius Fibre Fest Kale Wraps.

In line with the Genius core range, ‘Good for the Gut’ products are entirely gluten and dairy free but with the addition of a natural prebiotic to appeal to the gut-conscious consumer. Each product in the range also has a stand out nutritional benefit: wraps that are 3 x fibre of regular wraps; pasta that’s 2 x protein and 3 x fibre of regular pasta; bread crisps with 2 x protein and ½ the carbs of regular crisp breads.

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Tasteful design

Moving away from the scientific-led design codes often adopted by brands in the Free-From and benefit-led category, B&B studio has introduced a bold, eye-catching colour palette for the new ‘Good for the Gut’ range, delivering a dynamic identity incorporating bespoke graphics and illustrations.

Focusing on depth of taste and flavour, B&B studio has created a range of original patterns in-house that take inspiration from the product ingredients, including layers of beetroot and swirls of kale leaves. These designs are presented on brightly-coloured backgrounds, providing differentiation for the new range and standout on-shelf.

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Strengthening the brand

Building on the new brand identity for Genius Gluten Free delivered by B&B studio in October 2017, this vibrant brand extension incorporates the strong blue hue and instantly recognisable Genius logo, complete with a thought bubble or bitemark to express the imagination, creativity and tastiness of the Genius brand.

By incorporating these familiar brand elements into the identity for the ‘Good for the Gut’ range, B&B studio was able to retain the consistency of the brand whilst enabling more creative freedom across the wider design. Innovative structural packaging solutions ensure that the new products are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also convenient for the consumer.

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Building on success

Shaun Bowen, Creative Partner at B&B studio, says: “After the success of the new brand identity for Genius Gluten Free last year, we wanted to retain the consistency and recognisability of the brand whilst also creating vivid and engaging designs for the new range, strengthening Genius’ position as a market-leader, and enabling it to continue to challenge mainstream brands.”

Genius Fibre Fest Beetroot Wraps and Genius Fibre Fest Kale Wraps provide three times the amount of fibre, and one third less carbohydrates than a regular gluten-containing wrap, and include chicory root inulin, a naturally-occurring Prebiotic Fibre that contributes to normal gut function.

The Genius Good for the Gut range is available from Tesco in August, and Sainsbury’s and Ocado from September 2018.

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Designed By: B&B studio

Location: London, UK

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The 6 Best, Up-And-Coming Beer Brands We Saw At The Great American Beer Festival

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By: Fred Hart

What happens when you check out some 800 breweries with over 3,800 beers in one day? Well, we found out the hard way when we attended The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this past weekend in Denver, Colorado, on the hunt for the best “undiscovered” beer branding and packaging.

As we walked (and later stumbled) through the show, we saw plenty of Dieline familiars – from national craft players like Ballast Point and Dogfish Head – to young guns like Magnolia, Noble Rey and Bayou Teche. However, we were after the up-and-comers, the companies flying just under the national radar that deserve a little more of the spotlight.

They say the more you drink, the better-looking things get. No doubt the same holds true for packaging, but even while sober, these six brands shined the brightest.


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The Tank

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Fred Hart

Fred Hart is a Partner and Creative Director at Interact Boulder – a spirited branding agency obsessed with the food and beverage industry that’s fueled by a steady, 24-hour diet of tastemakers, entrepreneurs, grocery stores, farmers markets, restaurants and more. 

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Lion Heart Kombucha Is Bringing a Bright and Friendly Vibe

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Murmur Creative created this bright and friendly packaging for Lion Heart Kombucha, a local Portland kombucha brand.

“Lion Heart Kombucha is a local Portland company, and has been making consistently delicious kombucha for years. Their kombucha is high quality, low sugar, and awesomely healthy.”

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“Lion Heart Kombucha is a longtime studio favorite, so we were absolutely thrilled by the opportunity to reimagine this unique beverage brand. Lion Heart liked the way their former logo incorporated a heart to represent love and positivity and a lion for courage and strength. While working on the rebrand we decided to steer away from the representational imagery of their former logo and focus instead on more symbolic elements. We wanted the logo to reflect the fresh and lively qualities of the brand in a more mature context. The lion’s face is secretive and wise, while the mane holds Lion Heart’s playful, more whimsical, qualities.”

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“Using Lion Heart’s new brand identity as our guide, we developed new packaging for all six of their flavors. We also recommended a new tagline “Dry Kombucha” in order to call attention to their low sugar profile.

Inspired by the logo and the playful elements in the lion’s mane, which incorporates tea leaves and simple droplet shapes, we designed a custom flavor pattern for each flavor to adorn the bottles. These custom flavor patterns highlight ingredients specific to each flavor. Additionally, a large droplet shape is depicted on the front by using the rounded top of the glass bottle and the big color block behind the logo.”

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Designed By: Murmur Creative

Designer: Zipporah Vannata

Client: Lion Heart Kombucha

Creative Director: Andrew Bolton

Photographer: Andrew Bolton

Printer: Rose City Labels

Location: Portland, Oregon

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Fight Aging Skin with Dr. Loretta

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By: Casha Doemland

As you age, your skin does as well. You develop wrinkles, sun spots and the elasticity that used to snap back is now delayed or nonexistent. For some, that’s a hard pill to swallow and to combat it, they invest in skin care regimes and weekly facials or even switch up their diet and follow silly fads on the internet.

Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a sought-after board-certified dermatologist with 40 years under her belt, has partnered up with a decade-old client, Myriam Zaoui Malka, an expert in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, nutrition and aromatherapy, to develop products that keep your face looking youthful and fresh.

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The partnership began when Dr. Loretta presented her “skin exposed” concept to Myriam and asked if she would be interested in contributing her brand expertise and formulating products, as she had experience developing products and a brand of her own for The Art of Shaving.

For a year, the two, along with their husbands discussed the possibility of launching products under the name Dr. Loretta and decided to self-fund the anti-aging skincare line. Dr. Loretta’s daughter, Gina Ciraldo Stabile, even left her career as a lawyer to serve as CEO, which brings the business close to home.


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“As a dermatologist, my passion is helping women feel confident as they age,” says Malka. “That’s why I’ve created the first skincare line that protects from the four external factors – pollution, light, climate and irritants.”

According to their research, four factors play a roll in aging your skin.  Pollution both indoors and outdoors has been linked to age spots, while climate can deplete skin moisture. UVA light, as well as high energy visible light or blue light, can damage the skin and cause pigmentation or redness. Lastly, irritants can cause inflammations and even enhance wrinkles prematurely.

“We are a clean dermatologist line, and our medical grade actives are often ‘bio-inspired’ by naturally occurring ingredients or ‘bioidentical’ to naturally occurring components of young healthy skin,” starts Dr. Loretta. “For example, we use a synthetic ingredient called Chromobright that is bioinspired by Vitamin E to be an effective fade ingredient that protects skin from damage done by UV and visible light.”

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The brand avoids using unhealthy ingredients like sulfates, parabens, artificial dyes/fragrances, phthalates and triclosan linked irritations or inflammations that can result in the breakdown of collagen and ultimately accelerate the aging process.

Malka also served as the creative lead for brand creation, packaging, website and social media. “I had a very precise vision of using a clay color palette with a matte, soft-touch texture to evoke a delicate, natural and confident woman’s personality for Dr. Loretta’s brand,” says Malka. To achieve the brand’s medical and feminine feel, Malka chose pastel pink, grey and white for the brand’s distinctive look.

“My design philosophy is ‘less is more,'” adds Malka. “I was looking for soft curves and a bare, sleek style.”

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From there, symbols depicting the four types of external factors were created and placed on the containers and packages to let consumers know which products helped with the aspect that ages your skin. For example, Dr. Loretta’s Intense Brightening Cream fights against all four and “is used to brighten the duller tones that arise from aging as well as age spots and hyperpigmentation from acne scar,” chimes in Dr. Loretta.

Impressively, everything was produced in a brief 18-month window, from creating the formulas and a brand voice to finding the ideal packaging.

As Dr. Loretta’s continues to hit the ground running, they’re gearing up for new releases in the coming months including a broad-spectrum SPF 41 for HEV Light and pollution protection. They have put immense thought into each product, from the ingredients in the formulas to the packaging it arrives in because they believe that “greatness is in details” and they want to ensure your skin receives the best treatment.  

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LA-based and Georgia-bred, Casha Doemland spends her days crafting poetry and freelance writing. Over the last two years, she’s been published in a variety of publications and zines around the world. When she’s not nerding out with words, you can catch her watching a classic film, trekking around the globe or hanging out with a four-pound Pomeranian.

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