Nami is the First Mexican Produced Sake

Ancla Studio has designed the packaging for Nami, the first sake that has been produced in Mexico.

“The challenge for us was to create a visual language that would both be beautiful but also speak to the wine enthusiast. We decided to tell a story that would position Mexican Sake as a Premium product without borders. 
Nami® means wave in Japanese. We executed a Kanji Stylized logo to keep in tune with the origin of Sake. The wave has a slight Hokusai style and the eagle takes inspiration from the Mexican depiction of our nation’s flag.”


Designed By: Ancla Studio

Location: Mexico

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Monashee Spirits: Made in the Mountains

Hired Guns Creative designed the packaging for Monashee, a new line of spirits.

“For Monashee Spirits, a new distillery amid the mountains in Revelstoke, BC, we were tasked with creating branding and labels that feel classic and playful, while communicating the giant scale of the local landscape.”



“We decided to focus on the image of a flying anvil, a juxtaposition of heavy and light. The anvil embodies the bold, handcrafted spirit of the company’s ‘Made in the Mountains’ tagline, while the wings lend a light-hearted twist and a nod to Revelstoke’s elevation. The strength of the image allowed us to build two versions of the brandmark: the first rendering is highly detailed and three-dimensional, perfect for the centerpiece of a large paper label; while the second is distilled to its essence for limited colour spaces or smaller contexts.”

“For the ‘Monashee’ typography, we created custom letterforms with an elegant upright stance and sharp angles set off by serifs that echo the base of the anvil. We designed the lineup using a shared palette of sepia tones contrasting with a bold shot of colour to differentiate each product. 

The diamond shape forms a motif that’s carried throughout, from the legal info to the background to the top of the stopper, as well as the decorative edges on the cap strap and neck strap that tie it all together.”


Agency: Hired Guns Creative
Photography: Sean Fenzl
Printing: Okanagan Label & Print 
Location: Canada

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Check Out This Unique Aphrodisiac Packaging

Geometry Global designed this electrifying packaging for Flora for Fauna, a line of aphrodisiacs geared specifically toward the Chinese market.

“Illegal wildlife trafficking has prevailed for centuries and today reaches an estimated market value of $19 billion USD (source: Havocscope). 
The demand for aphrodisiacs containing these ingredients is one of the drivers of this trade and has clearly led to the poaching of endangered animals and plants, many of which risk extinction.”

“China is a significant consumer of these aphrodisiacs, the ingredients for which are sourced from all over the world. The Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development became aware of the demand for its own wildlife species and wanted to stop this illegal activity. So they turned to Geometry Global Colombia, their partner agency since 2014 with whom they created several successful campaigns to save their marine ecosystems from the invasive Lionfish species.

Geometry took a novel approach. Instead of trying to change the behavior of the poachers, they would change the behavior of the consumers by subtly redirecting them towards sustainable and environmentally friendly products.

And Colombia has the perfect sustainable ingredient: the Chontaduro fruit, known as “Nature’s Viagra,” is believed to have powerful aphrodisiac powers and has been used for centuries by the Afro-Colombian communities of the Pacific Coast of Colombia.”

“Bringing in the expertise of Geometry’s Hong Kong office and WildBond Hong Kong, a conservation group dedicated to protecting endangered species, Geometry Global embarked on a complex project to invent new products with this fruit and create a new brand that would appeal to the Chinese buyer of erotic merchandise and aphrodisiacs.

Multiple products were developed including massage oil, candles, and an energy drink, and marketed under a provocative Chinese brand name (She Shou Tau, or ‘Orgasmic Peach’) with a compelling package design to suit this unique sales channel.”



“Edwin Pineda, ECD Geometry Global Colombia commented: ‘As an agency we focus on changing behavior. In this case we realized that it would be nearly impossible to change the behavior of illegal traffickers. So instead we focused on getting the buyers to switch brands at the moment of purchase. What a beautiful problem to solve!’

Juliàn Hernandez, ECD Geometry Global Hong Kong added, ‘Wildlife traffic is a global issue that requires global thinking. That’s why we’re thrilled with this collaboration, that has given us the chance to invent new products, a new brand, and craft an effective marketing and distribution strategy in China with the goal of saving endangered animals across the globe, while supporting farming communities in Colombia. It is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity.’”


Agency: Geometry Global 
Executive Creative Director: Edwin Pineda
Executive Creative Director: Julian Hernández
Creative Director: Julian Guarin Barkach
Art Director: Carlos Bedoya
Executive Creative Director: Daniel Comar
Chief Creative Officer: Juan Jose Posada
Location: Bogotá, Colombia

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If You Lust for Pizza, This Might Be For You

Do you lust after pizza on a regular basis? Then this project just might be for you. Futura designed the bold and funky packaging and branding for “The Pizza Affair.”

“When a French project’s name is ‘The Pizza Affair’, you can’t help but think of a passionate game of seduction and an impulsive desire for pizza. This is why we disregarded fraternal love, and we full on gamble for packaging that incorporates erotism found in 70s soft porn, using suggestive illustrations that seek not only to accomplish an unforgettable pizza box, but also inspires actual lust for food.

 The packaging for ‘The Pizza Affair’  is an invitation for seduction, an invitation to lust after pizza.”






Designed By: Futura

Location: Monaco

Year: 2017

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25 Ice Cream Packaging Designs

The first day of summer is upon us! This means the beginning of lots of fun in the sun, and nothing goes better with fun in the sun than ice cream. We’ve picked out 25 of our favorite ice cream packaging designs. Yum!

1. We Love This Botanical Inspired Ice Cream


2. Ice Kitchen


3. The Graphic, Gorgeous New Look of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream


4. Grab Your Spoon for Betterwith Farm-Fresh Ice Cream Packaging




5. This Floral Inspired Ice Cream Will Have You Ready for Spring


6. Fro Fro


7. Pronto Light Ice Cream


8. Wauw Will Have You Screaming for Ice Cream


9. Neon Penguin


10. Vice Ice Cream


11. MiiRO – A Time for Wonder


12. Winter Milk


13. Gastronaut Ice Cream


14. Concept: Juliett’s Ice Cream


15. Beachy Cream Organic Ice Cream Pints


16. Halo Top Ice Cream


17. True Italian Gelato with Perfectly Crafted Packaging




19. Taywell: Sweet Rebellion


20. Ben & Jerrys Redesign


21. Blue Bunny Redesign


22. Phin & Phebes Ice Cream Packaging


23. Rain or Shine Ice Cream


24. Lucky’s Ice Cream


25. Häagen-Dazs Gets a Bold Instagram-Worthy New Look

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Crafting the Ideal Package for Selling Spirits (with NEENAH Packaging)

How to Make Your Spirits Bottle Design Stand Out

By: Julie Wolfson

Think about your favorite spirits. Can you picture the bottle? Do you first imagine a green Jameson bottle with the cream label and classic burgundy and gold accents? Or do you see the grey goose on Grey Goose? Or maybe your first thought is the wide bottle of Hendrick’s gin in dark glass with their iconic white diamond-shaped label.

Do you want a gin and tonic now?

When it comes to creating the look of a new spirit, the challenge to tell the story of the product can be daunting. Designers need to figure out what label and brand imagery make sense on the bottle and the best way to communicate something compelling about the liquid inside. Then there are the practical aspects of the project. Formulating and executing the idea often leads to designing one or more labels and supervising the printing process. Choosing a stock with the best color, texture, and durability becomes supremely important. No one wants to see the label slide off of a vodka bottle when they pull it out of the freezer. It’s not fun to lift a $100 bottle of whiskey out of the case to find the labels scuffed and torn.





When exploring how to approach a new spirit bottle design, there are a lot of examples to look at to understand the category. The shape of the bottle, graphic design, and configuration of the labels all come into play. The shelves at the liquor store are filled with everything from the overly ornate to the purposefully minimal. There are classic bottles in iconic custom shapes, like the tall Galliano bottle. There are memorable color schemes labels like the red and gold of Kahlua. Some have a crafted look like the original wood-block style images on 123 Tequila bottles that draw inspiration from Mexican history. Others stand out for being different, like Basil Hayden’s paper label looping around the neck of the bottle and belted with a metal band at the “waist.” 

An almost infinite number of success stories and some amusing missteps can be found in this category. These three new releases from independent distilleries chronicle some recent standout designs. We talked to these designers to learn the details of their process from idea to completion. 

Pomp & Whimsy by Meat & Potatoes with THINK Conservatory

TJ River of Meat & Potatoes worked with Nicola Nice and Nori De La Cruz at THINK Conservatory to both create Pomp & Whimsy and then design the packaging based on their research. This collaboration led to the launch of a new product with an integrated and thoroughly researched plan from inception to design to product launch.

Cooper’s Classic by Pavement

When Mike Hester of Pavement was tasked to design a bottle for Cooperstown Distillery, the goal of the project was to honor their baseball themed branding while updating their look for a Cooper’s Classic American Whiskey release. Hester honed his skills for capturing the essence of culinary products as the head of packaging development at Williams Sonoma. Four years ago he branched out from there and started his San Francisco-based creative studio Pavement. “Our work tends to skew towards the sophisticated,” says Hester, “where things are clean but they are not minimal.”  

Martine Honeysuckle Liqueur by Make & Matter

Working with Empresario LLC, Trina Bentley of Make & Matter in Austin Texas was tasked to design the bottle for their new Martine Honeysuckle Liqueur. Bentley had some high marks to hit to get Martine ready to launch. She looked at the shelf space of spirits in that category and saw the iconic St-Germain bottle. She then understood the challenge. “It was a balance of me needing to create a label that felt fancy and could compete live in the space with St-Germain, but also felt grounded in Austin, Texas as well,” says Bentley.

Working with the client: Know the product and goals of the project

Designing for the client and specifically for the product is more important than making sure it fits into the aesthetic of a portfolio.

In the case of Pomp & Whimsy the creative agency designing the bottle was also the founder of the product itself. When THINK Conservatory asked a group of consumers to describe their ideal spirit, several referred to an affinity for neutral based spirits that are versatile and easy to drink. For River, Nice, and De La Cruz, these descriptors were pointing the in the direction of gin. They made it their goal to develop an expressive, highly sensorial spirit with a sophisticated feminine touch.

Developing something new for Cooperstown to complement their ballpark heritage, Hester began with an exploration of the geographic region. He wanted to look beyond their current baseball themed bottle designs. Hester discovered that James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans, was born and raised in Cooperstown. Aiming for an upstate New York colonial feel, Hester began to research ways to design something with a heritage retro look. 

Together with Empresario, Bentley created a mood board for Martine. “They saw it being a little bit mysterious and having allure,” she says. “A lot of it felt kind of French to me, but we did not want it to look like it came from France.” The design features an oval label and a band wrapping the bottle below. “I like when people do a two label type approach. It feels crafted,” says Bentley. “This mix of fonts feels modern and clean and still kind of classic and tied to a past somehow.”

Finding Inspiration: Find original source material

Time and time again we hear designers advise stepping away from the computer and looking at original source material. Pinterest can be a helpful resource and some design information is available online, but if you design by Googling images, you are missing out on the typography and textures of printed materials. The same holds true for being inspired by art. The texture of an oil painting or the volume of a sculpture cannot fully be seen in an online image. Whenever possible, go to the library, an estate sale, or historic site. Experience the scale of contemporary architecture or the bounty of produce at a local farmer’s market. Take in the sensory aspect of the design process. 

With the research for Pomp & Whimsy, “We landed on a lot of apothecary style cues,” explains River. The Pomp & Whimsy labels are all one color printed with the foil accents, taking inspiration from old books they found. “People are really intrigued by the color. It is a strong point of draw for us. There are 18 botanicals in there in total. There are a few botanicals that drive the gold color of it. There are raspberries that bring the pinky blush color.” Once they had developed their ideal spirit the clear bottle and label design were developed to show off the color of the liquid inside. 

“The worst thing you can do is look at other packages for inspiration,” says Hester. “Look to art.” Hester wanted to capture the look of Upstate New York and evoke the American revolutionary era. They looked at old books and how they were embellished. They found inspiration in the typography of printed historical documents with the goal of translating these visual ideas into something that looks current on the Cooper’s Classic bottle.





Finding the right paper stock: Look for the texture, color and durability that will look good and last as long as the product

An illustration of a coupe cocktail glass and botanical theme became the center point on the Pomp & Whimsy design, which is featured prominently on ESTATE LABEL® Papers by NEENAH Packaging. “ESTATE LABEL No.8 is like a pair of jeans to us. Your favorite pair of jeans,” says River. “It has just the right amount of texture to it. It has the right amount of tactility.” River and his Meat & Potatoes team chose the white round label and designed a thin black wrap label to have enough presence, but leaving most of the liquid visible. The Pomp & Whimsy labels are all one color printed with the foil accents taking inspiration from old books they found. There is a seal label over the cork. The intent of the design was to bring a little bit of modernity with a deco meets modern look.

Ten years ago, River was working on a spirits project and discovered Neenah labels. The bottling plant was a wet environment. They were learning to ensure durability for home use where bottles can be kept in the freezer or an ice bath. At the time they did not know of many label products in the marketplace, so they were looking at manufacturers of wine labels, knowing that chilled white wine bottles need long lasting labels. Their printer, Printronix in Orange County, also made a version that they can strengthen even more for extreme conditions like ice baths.

The stock bottle structure Hester was working with led him to design a spot label for Cooper’s Classic. “We wanted to make it feel like a crest,” explains Hester. So when it came time to choose the paper, Hester knew it was the right time to try out an idea. His idea was to engrave on CLASSIC CREST®, Patriot Blue for this specific project. The process involved converting this paper into label stock. The Patriot Blue paper gave the bottle the rich textured look Hester was going for and avoided the white edges that are visible when colors are printed onto a white stock. He then called in the expertise of Studio on Fire in Minneapolis. “They are the masters of pressure based printing whether it be engraving or letterpress,” said Hester.

For paper, Bentley relied on her experience working in traditional offset printing. For Martine she chose Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth label stock. “I know CLASSIC CREST products inside and out. I have confidence that what is on my screen is what will be produced, and that the paper will perform well. The color will be nice and crisp. The inks will lay down smooth,” explains Bentley. “I have never run into an issue of chipping, or the foil stamp not working right, when I print on CLASSIC CREST.” CLASSIC CREST Solar White played a factor in the final look of Martine. “It wasn’t a bright white, and also did not have too much cream in it,” she says. “The subtle texture was right. It is smooth but if you look closely you can see a tooth, which is important. It has a good feel too. I never want too glossy and slick or too flashy.”

Developing the design: Be thoughtful and specific

River explains that Pomp & Whimsy aims to tell a story of exuberance and fun, inspired by the whimsical and absurd moments in life. “What we strive for in our lives is the balance of these two things,” he says. 

Bentley explores some honeysuckle imagery eventually leading the graphic representation of the flower that is on the label under the name. The plan for Martine was to be bottled in a simple amber bottle. “The colors needed to be rich. I like a blue. It feels regal and upscale. The gold foil compliments the amber. Hopefully the label does a good job at pulling people in and getting them to read all of the tidbits we want them to read.” For Martine’s Bentley mentions, “We spent a good deal of time looking at fonts. There is a lot of san serif condensed. The type sets reinforce the circle that goes around.” The name Martine in seraphim boldly appears in the middle for a classic look. 

The signature of Martine creator Gary Kellerman can be found on the bottle on the lower label. “With design we are looking for a human element. Something that is organic, handwritten, and brings a personality to it,” says Bentley. “Adding the gesture of a signature does graphically provide that organic hand shape to juxtapose all of the harder lines and breaks it up graphically. There is a person behind this product.”

“You need to communicate the right things, so people will want to pick it up and learn more about the brand.” Says Bentley. “That’s what I love about package design. Doing that all in a small amount of real estate.”

Finalize the details: To the letter of the law to follow

Pavement’s focus on culinary products has included several spirits projects, giving them plenty of time to keep up to date on the required elements needed get an alcohol product ready for sale. “Whatever it is—whiskey, vodka or gin—it needs to be very clearly labeled on the front,” Hester says. “The alcohol percentage and the capacity of the bottle have to be listed on the front in at least 8 point type. That information has to be on the lower third of the label. On the back you have to put that government warning. Repeat the alcohol percentage and the capacity. You also have to give the distiller’s statement.” Hester recommends becoming expert in these details. Clients will be happy when the designer brings that knowledge to the project.

When it came to addressing the legal information that needs to be on liquor bottles River explains how he approached including those details on the Pomp & Whimsy bottle. “We embraced it. We wanted to feature it. It is an important part of this brand that it is 30% to help people understand it is very drinkable. The essentials are right there up front that it is a classic gin.”

A glass bottle filled with liquor that needs some carefully thought out typography and graphic design to complete the story. Only then will it be ready to take its place on the shelf or in the hands of a talented bartender serving up a delicious cocktail. Cheers!

Julie Wolfson
Julie is a freelance writer. She spends her time exploring the creative process. From artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, to whisky distillers, coffee roasters, farmers, chefs, and musicians, she focuses on stories of determination, innovation, and ingenuity. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, HOW Magazine, Angeleno, The Henry Ford Museum Magazine, Cool Hunting, The Bold Italic, KCET, AOL Travel, and Gothamist and many other food, design, and lifestyle publications.

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The Brief 6/20/17: Design News You Might Have Missed

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Hogan’s Cider Comes With Some Delightfully Illustrated Typography

Claire Hartley designed this delightful packaging for Hogan’s Cider.

“Hogan’s Cider is a proudly independent, award winning cider maker based in Warwickshire — they’ve been making and selling cider since 2005. In more recent years, a lot has changed in the industry and they felt it was time to re-evaluate their brand identity and packaging.”

“Partnering with brand strategist Gavin Auty we gave the brand a full overhaul — starting with a positioning process to really understand who they are and what they stand for. My brief was then to create a new look and feel that would truly represent their down-to-earth qualities and their curious approach to cider making.

Although Hogan’s are serious about cider making, they don’t take themselves too seriously and we wanted to inject some of that personality across the ever growing portfolio of products. We created a design system that would be transferable on bottles, pump clips and keg badges. Bespoke hand lettering allowed us to communicate product descriptions in a playful way, inviting customers to be inquisitive and try their proper ciders.”



“The Signature range is Hogan’s original cider and perry blends that stay true to age old English traditions. We used earthy tones and textures across the collection with distressed brush strokes and markings. All of their ciders are 100% fresh pressed and we wanted to reinforce these natural qualities with a handmade visual approach.

To coincide with the rebrand, Hogan’s launched their Innovation Blends, a limited edition series of ciders with curious new flavours. We created a brighter palette for these products to represent the weird and wonderful ingredients and processes.”


Designed By: Claire Hartley

Photographer: Fork & Dram

Location: London, UK

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Feel the Beat with this Musically-Minded Beverage Concept

Just looking at this bottles will send an energy pulsing through your veins. With music and rhythm as their inspiration, Juan Sebastian Afanador and Juan David Pardo designed this fresh and funky concept for a local beverage, Rythms.







“The Graphic expression of our packaging presentation implements a full color palette fresh and urban, directed to the youth that identify themselves with the music, styles and rhythms of our land.”


Designed by: Juan Sebastian Afanador, Juan David Pardo

Art Directors: Juan Sebastian Afanador, Juan David Pardo

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Indulge Your Tastebuds With This New Line of Kombucha Tea Drinks

Artichoke Creative Bureau designed this clean packaging for Teaphoria, a new line of kombucha-tea drinks that come in a variety of delicious flavors.

“The Brief: ‘We launched a new kombucha-tea drink with tropical fruit flavors and we want the packaging and related identity. The product will be available for purchase via selected exclusive gyms and in the near future via our e-shop website.’ Kombucha (also known as tea mushroom) is a variety of fermented, lightly sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly known for their health benefits.”



“The Design: After being briefed from our clients with the product name and the project specifications, we came up with a logo design that includes the 2 ingredients of kombucha (tea & mushroom) and also reflects the premium character of the product. As Kombucha tea should be protected from the light, we choose a black sleeve to cover the 250ml bottle and we used the fruits to add ‘flavor’ to the design.”


Agency: Artichoke Creative Bureau

Art Director/Designer: Thomas Kiourtsis

Location: Athens, Greece

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HAPS Handy Bugs Make For a Clever Concept

We love this clever little take on tool packaging. Igor Mitin designed this conceptual packaging for hardware store, HAPS.

“HAPS is a hardware store. Under the marketing plan, a number of the measures have been proposed to the clients in order to increase the buyer loyalty. One of these steps is a small promotional gift with purchase. It makes a present for the buyers and would include bathroom accessories and tools needed for household and plumbing issues. For example, a kit of pliers. Pliers are tools needed in any household, but any gift from the company should be a memorable piece of advertising. I have offered to create an unusual package for the pliers to make the buyers smile and surprised.”





Designed By: Igor Mitin

Client: HAPS Hardware Store

Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Rocky Mtn: Chocolate Bars Have Never Looked So Good

Get that sweet tooth ready. Rocky Mtn Chocolate Bar Collections has a delightful lineup of distinct and energetic packaging, designed by San Diego’s Wedge & Lever.


“Working directly with the master chocolatiers at Rocky is always a pleasure. One might liken it to an all-access pass to Willy Wonka’s personal kitchen. When Rocky tasked us with developing small-batch chocolate bars with big impact, we knew the flavors and packaging needed to boldly differentiate from the competition to establish them as innovators within the category. For each collection that we curate, an intense tasting process ensues (naturally), making the experience one of our favorites.”






“We’ve all had that uncontrollable desire for a specific flavor combo that’s seemingly more powerful than hunger itself. We present the ‘Classic Cravings’ collection—a bold celebration of the most coveted combinations known to mankind. Starting with the ever-popular “Cookie Crumbles” bar, we paired delectable cookie chunks with smooth milk chocolate made from fresh crème. The ‘Bee’s Knees’ bar uses organic honeycomb that’s hand-picked from local beekeepers and the ‘Kringle Krunch’ infuses crushed Middle Eastern peppermint with dark chocolate to quench even the strongest of cravings.”




“We created a line of meal-replacement bars inspired by the most important meal of the day: breakfast. These bars use nutrient rich bone-broth protein, naturally caffeinated dark chocolate, and are paired with the mouthwatering flavors of iconic breakfast treats. The savory ‘Belgium Brunch’ bar uses a griddle-made waffle base coated with fresh Canadian maple syrup, while the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ celebrates the indulgence of fresh 4:00am donuts with a healthy spin using vegan and sugar-free sprinkles. For the ‘Strawberry Smash,’ we sourced organic California strawberries to pair with caffeinated dark chocolate—the perfect start to any morning.”





“Similar to grapes cultivated for wine, cacao beans distinctly reflect the flavor profiles of the environment in which they were harvested. For the ‘Lineage’ line, we celebrated the origins of each ingredient to highlight the bean-to-bar process. This line explores both classic flavor profiles like the savory ‘Seven Seas,’ which pairs coastal-grown Chilean cacao with the complex flavors of Mediterranean Sea salt, and new flavors like the Florida orange-infused ‘Main Squeeze,’ Hawaiian pineapple-infused ‘Island Time,’ and the pop-rocks-infused ‘Bing-Bang-Boom.’”


Designed by: Wedge & Lever

Photography: Wedge & Lever

Country: United States

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