20 Hard Cider Packaging Designs

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Sometimes when you want a beer with a little bit of a sweet, crisp flavor, cider is there to hit the spot. Here we’ve picked out 20 of our favorite cider packaging designs. These designs feature everything from awesome typography to beautiful illustrations.

1. Bohemian and Exuberant Wolffer 139 Cider



2. Balholm Handverkcider



3. Left Field Cider Co.



4. Saku Craft Cider



5. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider is Here Just in Time For Summer



6. Henderson’s Cider Redesign



7. Smith & Forge Hard Cider



8. Serpent Cider



9. Awestruck Hard Cider



10. Tin City Cider Co.



11. Mac’s Beer



12. Fine Cider



13. Student: Flying Pig Cider



14. Seattle Cider Company



15. Lillevik Alpine Cider Serves Up Great Design



16. California to the Core: Golden State Cider



17. Hogan’s Cider Comes With Some Delightfully Illustrated Typography



18. Clever Reimagined Artwork on FAMOUS Cider Labels



19. Bilpin Archibald – Cloudy Apple Cider



20. Lazy Jack’s American-Style Cider


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These Intricately Designed Cards are a Must-Have for Any Tonight Show Fan

No strangers to the art of the luxury playing card, theory11 teamed up with The Tonight Show in order to produce this special deck that celebrates the show and host Jimmy Fallon.

“Since 1954, The Tonight Show has been a legendary staple in American television.
These playing cards are a fitting tribute to a show that has entertained audiences of all ages. They’re breathtaking, elegant, intricate, and stunning.

Every aspect of the design was inspired by the Tonight Show, with iconic illustration elements featuring the New York skyline, Studio 6B, and the man himself: Jimmy Fallon.”





“The Tonight Show Playing Cards feature a custom Ace of Spades, Joker, box design, and typography. Even the court cards were designed from scratch – with playful, fun, intricate illustrations.

Made in the USA using FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests, vegetable-based inks, and starch-based laminates.

This special edition deck of Jimmy Fallon playing cards are in stock and available for immediate shipping!”





Designed By: theory11

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Cid is the Cider Where Classy Meets Fun

lg2 have designed the playful yet classy packaging for Cid, a craft-beer inspired cider from Canadian-based Cidery Milton.

“With an eye to taking a leading role in the cider renaissance in Québec, Les Vergers de la Colline tasked lg2 with creating its new name and visual identity, as well as with overhauling its brand platform. The cider business was rebranded as Cidery Milton.”

“Cidery Milton then entrusted lg2 with imagining a unique world for their craft beer-inspired line of ciders, Cid. A style that manages to be both classic and fun was created for the range’s new brand image. Four illustrations—each featuring a different animal and an apple—come to life on the packaging in an amusing way. Again, tribute was paid to the company’s boldness while effectively speaking to a younger target. 

Cidery Milton’s new identity as well as the Cid product line has been promoted and available on shelves in several Canadian provinces, the U.S. and even Spain since May 2017.”




CLIENT: Cidery Milton
DESIGNER: Sophie Valentine
COPYWRITER: Geneviève Jannelle
STRATEGIC PLANNING : Pénélope Fournier, Marc-André Fafard
ACCOUNT SERVICES: Ingrid Roussel, Marion Haimon, Annie Woang
IMAGE EDITING: Joanie Évrard and Frédéric St-Denis
LOCATION: Montréal, Canada

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With Designtorget What You See is Definitely What You Get

The beauty of transparency with packaging design is that what you see is what you get. This is especially the case with the packaging for Designtorget, a line of soaps and other products made specifically with your home sweet home in mind. Carl Nas Associates were responsible for the elegant yet minimalistic design.

“The new home care range from Scandinavian retailer Designtorget contains no colour, no preservatives and no petrochemicals. Our packaging uses a solid grid, originally created by Kurppa Hosk, and variations of liquids and proportions to communicate the variety of products – soaps, detergents and hand soaps – and fragrances within the range. The bottles easily blend into any home decoration style and the clear bottles also helps to convey the purity and honesty of the product itself.”


Agency: Carl Nas Associates
Client: Designtorget
Creative Director: Carl Johan Nas
Designer: James Cotton
Location: London, United Kingdom

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Designing Born2Be, a Restaurant Concept to End the Boring Days of Take-Away

Take-away food is pretty standard, and lots of restaurants use similar or exactly the same packaging for their orders. Seeing immense possibility to make things more creative, Endika Gómez de Balugera, Estela Vela and Pablo Berges developed a bold, funky concept for the restaurant Born2Be. We spoke to the designers to learn more about the driving vision behind their design, communicating a message loud and clear, and more.

What was one of the biggest goals you set out to achieve with Born2Be packaging and how did you accomplish it?

Endika, Estela, and Pablo: Our main goal was to create a new, singular and casual experience and a modular packaging that includes all this concept as well as the local’s atmosphere creating a distinctive image and concept. We created a 360° concept: brand identity, interior design, menu, ads, social network and packaging.





How did you take the idea of customization in takeaway food and make it something that a consumer would engage with and understand easily?

Endika, Estela, and Pablo: Nowadays we are experiencing a take away boom due to our way of life and the emergence of different apps. Despite the large and varied offers, there are not many cases of innovation in terms of packaging and communication with the consumer.

We believe this gap can be a good opportunity for business and creativity, so we decided to take this opportunity.

How did you develop the illustration/graphics style?

Endika, Estela, and Pablo: We relied on the idea of re-invent and re-birth. We used Greek and Roman art and we reinterpreted them as it did in the Renaissance, but in a more casual way, using elements of the 80’s Memphis style. In this style the design principles are questioned and standards are broken without apparent reasons—two different styles that fit perfectly.


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What was the most challenging part of this project?

Endika, Estela, and Pablo: It was difficult to design a modular packaging. It had to serve to transport from a skewer with its sauce to five of them. But the hardest thing was to decide which would be the best graphic option. During the development of the concept we discovered many valid solutions.

If you could pick one aspect of the finished design that you like the most or feel especially proud of, what would it be and why?

Endika, Estela, and Pablo: Its graphic power. How it is capable of differentiates our experience from the rest in the take away world.





Share one lesson that you learned while developing the finished product.

Endika, Estela, and Pablo: It is important to create something new, something crazy and to interact with the consumer with the help of current trends. If your message is not blunt, people will not pay attention to you.

Finally we would like to thank ELISAVA, School of Design and Engineering for giving us support to create and get out of the ordinary.

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Help Your Pet Get up and Go With the GO! Limited Ingredient and Diet Line

Petcurean is a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes that has recently come out with GO! LID, a food line made especially for pets with specific dietary needs and food sensitivities. The packaging for GO! LID has a sleek and sophisticated look, helping convey to customers the premium quality of the brand.

“The GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINETM Limited Ingredient Diet line is growing with new recipes, featuring grass-fed lamb and MSC-certified pollock. Our new GO! LID recipes are great for all dogs and cats, but formulated especially for those with specific dietary needs and food sensitivities.”

“Food sensitivities in pets are a growing concern and GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE Limited Ingredient Diet pet food provides a solution with a single source of meat protein and as few ingredients as possible to meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats. New to the line are MSC-certified pollock recipes for cats and dogs, and a grass-fed lamb recipe for dogs.
The three new recipes contain premium quality meat or fish protein (fresh meat + meal) as their first two ingredients, followed by coconut oil for easy digestion and energy, tapioca, an easily digestible source of carbohydrates, chicory root, a pre-biotic that promotes digestive health.

  • The MSC-certified pollock recipe for cats and dogs, features sustainably harvested Alaskan pollock, one of the most abundant and versatile fish in the world. A part of the cod family, Alaskan pollock has high nutritional value and is an excellent source of protein, minerals and omega fatty acids, and is low in carbohydrates, cholesterol and fat.
  • The grass-fed lamb recipe for dogs features lamb sourced from Australia and New Zealand which is lower in fat and higher in omega-3 fatty acids than meat from animals that are fed grains.

All recipes are grain-free, gluten-free and potato-free.”


Designed By: Petcurean

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Netflix Finally Teams with Medical Marijuana Dispensary So You Can Actually Chill


By: Bill McCool

Netflix viewership numbers may have gotten a little higher over the weekend with the premiere of their workplace pot dispensary comedy, Disjointed.

Developed by Chuck Lorre of the Big Bang Theory and The Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, Disjointed is Netflix’s latest binge-worthy show starring Kathy Bates as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, a medical marijuana advocate who opens a dispensary in Los Angeles with a little help from a few “budtenders.”

And in what might be the greatest promotional push for a TV show that takes place in a medical marijuana dispensary (OK, the only one), Netflix developed three specials strains of cannabis for their latest comedy – Rutherford B. Haze, the Omega Strain, and Eve’s Bush.


Netflix hosted a 3-day pop-up event this past weekend at Alternative Health Herbal Services in West Hollywood where they sold their promotional goodies. Encased in a series of playfully designed canisters, visitors to the store walked away with Disjointed’s one-of-a-kind memorabilia, purposefully paired for your home-viewing pleasure, though only card-carrying Californians with a “medical condition” were lucky enough to purchase Netflix’s latest venture into the world of cannabis.

But Netflix didn’t stop there. They developed nine other cannabis strains for some of their biggest hits, each tailor-made for a specific show where they would match invigorating sativas with dramas and calming indicas for some of their more lighthearted fare.




Strains that were available to purchase included Arrested Development’s Banana Stand Kush, Chelsea’s Vodkush, Wet Hot American Summer’s Camp Firewood, Grace & Frankie’s Peyotea 73, Lady Dynamite’s Sassafrass OG, MST3K:The Return’s Moon 13, Orange is the New Black’s Poussey Riot, Bojack Horseman’s Prickly Muffin, and our personal favorite, cannibal comedy Santa Clarita Diet’s Baka Bile, made especially to “really ramp up your diet.” 




No word yet on whether Netflix plans to host future pop-up events or if they’ll parlay their latest endeavor into a brand-new side hustle to pay down their $20 billion in debt, though it seems unlikely as they did this solely for promotional purposes only.




Bill McCool
Bill McCool is a freelance writer based out of Los Angeles. Though new to the world of design, he has always been a storyteller by trade and he seeks to inspire and cultivate a sense of awe with the work and artists he profiles. When he’s not winning over his daughters with the art of the Dad joke, he is usually working on a pilot, watching the Phillies, or cooking an elaborate meal for his wife.

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Portuguese-style custard tarts

I have always wanted to make my own Portuguese tarts and was actually excited when Kapiti approached me to see if I would be interested in creating a recipe to match with their single farm, organic milk – here was my chance. I faffed around with the recipe for ages having done a fair amount of research to discover the basics. The first lot I made were almost there, but I found them a little lacking in flavour and too stodgy in the custard department, so I redeveloped them to give you a recipe with a more orange-scented, softer custard, which I think pairs perfectly with the flaky, buttery pastry. Frankly they are pretty bloody delicious. The milk I used is from the new range by Kapiti – Single Farm Organic milk which comes from the Flipp family farm in Manawatu, where they take great pride in their cows and producing an organic product. I love the idea of knowing where my food is produced, I buy only organic, free-range chicken, egg and pork products, so it is a treat to be able to buy milk in the same way. 
Yay, Hoob arrived from Welly last night…fresh sheets are on the bed, I’ve aired out his room and stocked the fridge with comfort-food, vego meals. Bring on dinners tucked up on the couch watching QI 🙂 It is such a treat to see him – every time I get a shock at how tall, lean and lovely he is, with a bloody fabulous sense of humour and amazing taste in music. Meanwhile Henry is rocking a new haircut (and some incredible brand new tattoos) and is beautifully settled at the moment. It is so good to know that work is going well and that he is snuggled up in the gorgeous apartment in Melbourne with Will, having had three grotty apartments in a year, this one is such a relief! And me? I had an over-night trip to Waiheke to stay with gorgeous friends last weekend – it is such a weird thing going to the island now, I love it just as much as ever but it makes me sad too. I suppose that is to be expected. Then of course there is the cookbook launch coming up, mwahaha, the first little sneak peek will be on the blog this weekend…!

2/3 cup caster sugar

2/3 cup water
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
peel of 1 orange (or lemon)
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp cornflour
1 1/2 cups whole milk (I used Kapiti Single Farm Organic)
375g sheet butter puff pastry ( I used Paneton flaky puff pastry)

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) and spray a 12-hole muffin tin lightly with baking spray.  Put the sugar, water, cinnamon stick, orange peel and vanilla bean seeds in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil for 4 minutes then remove from the heat and take out the cinnamon stick. Put the cornflour and ½ cup of the milk in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the egg yolks and whisk until incorporated. Whisk in the remaining milk, remove the peel and cinnamon stick from the syrup, pour it into the milk mixture and whisk until combined. Pour into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, whisking continuously, for about 4 minutes or until the mixture is thickened, then cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
Trim the pastry to 28cm x 28cm, then cut into two 28cm x 14cm pieces. Layer the halved pastry sheets on top of each other. Starting at the long end of the pastry, tightly roll into a log. Pop in the freezer for 5 minutes, then trim the ends and cut into 12 small fat rounds. One by one squash the pastry rounds with the heel of your hand and roll out to about an 11cm circle – repeat with the remaining pastry. Press the pastry rounds into the prepared muffin tin and pop in the freezer for 5 minutes. Divide the chilled custard between the pastry cases and bake for 25–30 minutes or until the custard is just starting to blister on top. Allow to cool in tins for 5 minutes before removing from the tin. The tarts can be served warm for dessert with a little vanilla bean ice cream, or at room temperature for morning or afternoon tea with a coffee, tea or a cold glass of milk.

Kapiti Single Farm Organic milk is available in two sizes:
1.25L Homogenised/Non Homogenised RRP $5.49
750ml Homogenised / Non Homogenised RRP $3.50

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Where French Flair Meets The Energy of New York: Frederic Fekkai’s The One


Give your hair the pampered treatment. Established designed this gorgeous new hair care line from Frederic Fekkai. The design features bold, rich colors with gold accents and an overall minimalistic look, creating an overall feel of luxury.



“Established created a new line of packaging for Frederic Fekkai, re-establishing the brand’s position as a leader in luxury salon haircare. The packaging was inspired by the same duality that defines Frederic the man as we saw him – the combination of French flair with the progressive, inventive energy of New York. The bottles subtly borrow a form language from classic furniture like turned pieces of wood, but are presented in a minimalistic way.”





Designed By: Established

Location: New York City, USA

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Brandywine Coffee Co. Ensures All Their Coffee is a Literal Work of Art

We love this adorable and unique take on coffee packaging. Brandywine Coffee Roasters are an artisanal coffee company located out of Delaware. What makes their bags of coffee so special is that they all come with custom illustrations created by local illustrator and screenprinter, Todd Purse.

“Brandywine Coffee Roasters is a relatively new specialty coffee roasting company in Wilmington, Delaware. We have five employees including the owner who has run cafes in Delaware since the early 90’s and decided to get into roasting about two years ago. We take pride to artfully source the best coffees we can find around the world and build strong relationships with producers, importers, and everyone else in all the small steps along the way. After selecting this little pieces of art, we take time to carefully dial in a profile that highlights the complexity and awesomeness that exists naturally in the coffee. Lastly, we want each of these individual works of art to live in a package that has as much thought and creativity put into it as the handling of the coffee.”





“The Brandywine Valley and its history of illustration is a huge inspiration to us. The wax seal was a way to tie our usually more modern bags to the old world aesthetic preserved in the Brandywine.”


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Company: Brandywine Coffee Roasters
Designer: Todd Purse
Location: Delaware, USA

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Job of the Week: One Flight Up

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One Flight Up Design, a multi-faceted graphics design firm specializing in Toys, Food and Pharma packaging and print work, has an immediate opening for a talented Senior Graphics/Packaging Designer for the development of strategic brand packaging and promotional design. The ideal candidate must be a proven, innovative and creative thinker and communicator, with solid brand design capabilities and a superior eye for top-level design.

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