Category Archives: dieline

Elegantly Playful Wine Label

Jocelyn Tsaih is a Taiwan-born, Shanghai-raised artist currently based in Oakland, California, and, recently, the artist collaborated with Dom Maria, the Brazilian Sparkling wine brand. Tsaih’s designs are essentially blank canvases, allowing consumers to create a custom wine label that suits all the occasions they could need. Plus, even if you choose not to decorate the bottles further, the illustrations are lively, playful, and innocent enough to leave plain. 

Fighting Suicide one cup of tea at a time

UnLtd is a social organization that connects the media, marketing, and creative industry with charities working with at-risk children to ensure every young Australian has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Recently, the non-for-profit organization wanted to create a product that could help these children in ways like never before. Enter Mood; a tea made to positively impact mental health for a generation that needs it the most. 

Maud, the creative agency based in Sydney and Melbourne, Maud had to get creative to develop a tea brand for a generation that’s not typically known as tea drinkers. The vivid and playful color system helps create a dynamic identity that pulls these consumers in, and the range of expressive typography keeps them there. Each flavor and blend is descriptive of a range of moods. For example, the Sweet Lullaby is a blend of Rooibos, Licorice, and Vanilla flavors intended to calm, comfort, and relax you. The color palette for this specific blend is made up of soft blue, purple, and pink hues, featuring an illustration of a person in their pajamas watching whimsical sheep bounce through the stars above. 

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The Sydney-based artist Elin Matilda created the whimsical illustrations featured on each of the tea’s packaging, and they couldn’t be more positively mood-altering. Each of the blends, named by Maud, include Happy Days, Get On Up, Be Kind, Unwind, and Sweet Lullaby, feature a fitting illustration on the packaging paired with perfectly descriptive color palettes. 

It’s clear that the art direction and packaging were designed with one purpose: to uplift children going through tumultuous times in a subtle yet utterly thoughtful way. As a result, each tea’s packaging shares reasons to be hopeful, with authentic stories of positive change, with all profits going towards enhancing the mental wellbeing of others.

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And emerged in response to the question “How might we create a gender neutral brand identity for a line of period products?” Through extensive market research and brand discovery process, the identity of And began to take shape as an inclusive, high quality product line committed to meeting the needs of people with periods and disrupting outdated gender norms in the industry. And, inspired by the word ‘androgynous,’ is for him and her and them and you—And is for all of us. 

Gender dysphoria is defined as distress caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and their anatomy. For some trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people, the experience of menstruation can trigger intense feelings of gender dysphoria, as many associate menstruation with femininity. This association perpetuates harm, as not all women menstruate and not all people who menstruate identify as women. The menstrual care industry plays an important role in redefining gender norms by exemplifying inclusive representation.

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Laytown

Laytown is a village in County Meath, Ireland, overlooking the Irish Sea. Inspired by this village’s location, the branding for Laytown Soda Co is all things tropical. Designed by Jack McKeon, the color palette for the drinks is cheery and bright, everything you hope to feel while by the sea. Furthermore, the t-shaped logo doubles as an illustration of a beach umbrella, furthering the seaside theme. It’s evident that Laytown Soda is a brand that’s all about influencing a lifestyle that promotes a slow pace and 100% happiness.

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A student project with Creative Direction from Dublin-based illustrator and designer Conor Merriman, the hypothetical Laytown Soda Co, based in County Meath, Ireland, put an emphasis on flavour over fizz. Their drinks offer fruity refreshment without being overpowered by an excessive sparkling sting.

The logotype, inspired by Laytown’s seaside location, features wavy letterforms and the letter ‘T’ doubling as an umbrella (or parasol considering how changeable the Irish weather is).

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Helvetica Now

Like The Office reruns and White Claw, Helvetica’s popularity remains unabated. Designed in 1957, the love for the sans-serif type hasn’t changed much, but the world in which designers use Helvetica and the world it resides in is very different. 

Monotype, now the stewards for the iconic font, took a big step forward in 2019 when it released Helvetica Now, an update with additions and changes that allows designers to apply the storied type in modern applications like smartphones.

The font’s full potential wasn’t realized, however, and Monotype has just announced the release of Helvetica Now Variable, an update that makes the typeface more pliable in designers’ hands. Variable adds the ability to blend weights, sizes from four-point to infinity, and new compressed and condensed widths. Monotype’s update makes it easier to use Helvetica in new, expressive ways, making the typeface adaptable for applications needing responsive typography.

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“Typographers (and good designers) know that headlines, text type, and tiny type each require special care,” Charles says. “Headlines benefit from tighter spacing and more refined letter shapes. Text type needs a breath more space and a greater emphasis on rhythm. Tiny type needs a larger x-height, breathy spacing, and more rugged forms. White type on a black ground requires different spacing than black on a white ground.” 

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Packaging as sweet as it gets

If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting a Brookie, a brownie, and a cookie in one, you’re severely missing out. Biting into one is like biting into a piece of heaven.

The pillowy texture and the rich nostalgic flavors make for the perfect sweet treat. With branding and packaging designed by Blank Design Studio, Brookies, the Brazil-based sweets and coffee shop has created an irresistible identity system. The vibrant color palette paired with the 1950s-inspired illustrations and typeface makes for a sweet escape.

Through the positioning strategy, we identify territories and differentials to explore in the minds of already fanatical Brookies customers. The good and warm nostalgia. Guided by this concept, a vibrant color palette and the “baking good times” tagline, we created an authentic, global, urban, fun platform with a touch of acid humor brought by its new symbol, inspired by the 1950s cartoons that explored an atmosphere of cunning and malice through their exaggerated and flashy expressions. A project as delicious as the best cookies in town.

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GTAC’s Lab-Cultured Meat

Cultured meat may seem like something possible in the distant future, but commercially available lab-grown meat is already a reality. Late last year, Singapore became the first nation to approvesynth-meat, and Eat Just is currently serving up cultured chicken nuggets as a trial in Singaporeunder the Good Meat brand. 

Although lab-grown meat is still a novelty, agency Idea Dolls recently embarked on a concept project for a hypothetical meat line, exploring how to brand such a product to the public. Dubbed “Good To All Creation,” or GTAC, the branding features some of the unique characteristics inherent to lab-created meat.

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GTAC’s branding has hints of consumer technology. There are scientific nods to comb through, and overall the tone is serious and optimistic about the future. The minimal packaging is sleek, cool, and it feels pretty darn new and shiny. The raised textures and tech-inspired colors reinforce GTAC’s science-powered products, and animal shapes get made up of smaller graphics of the same animal, another reference to the technical process of creating cultured meat from cells.

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Tuft The World Branding

Designed by Lucy Price and Melissa McFeeters, Tuft the World’s packaging is as artful and playful as the tools and materials that the company sells. The color hues, illustrations, and typefaces used throughout truly make the brand come to life and inspire consumers to make the world a more creative and imaginative place.

After a full discovery phase, we created a logo suite that reflects the spirit of the tufting community and can be used in endless applications. The process of tufting was an underlying inspiration for the brand—from the custom, wavy typemark, to the repeating name pattern and grid graphic. A vibrant color palette was influenced directly from the yarn colors within the Reflect line, while the logo badges represent the wide variety of rug shapes. Hand-drawn doodles and annotations take inspiration from the creative process itself, as many rug tufters tend to be multidisciplinary artists. 

In addition to custom print materials, user guides and packaging, the t-shirts and enamel pins allow the Tuft the World customers to show off their tufting pride.

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ALT Pizza Boxes

I’m all about a good take-out pizza. There’s just something nostalgic about walking through the front door of my house, pizza in hand, movie ready to watch. I know you know the feeling because, well, who doesn’t? Bravo designed the bright typographical pizza boxes for ALT pizza that look more like posters you’d hand on your walls than a home for a hot and cheesy pie. Creating multiple different styles for the boxes was thoughtful in that if people think like me, they’ll keep ordering until they’ve collected all the designs. Pizza branding should be a fun treat, and Bravo has done an excellent job of creating an entertaining branding experience.

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Le Patissier Packaging

It seems fitting that a pastry shop would have packaging that’s as delicious as the treats that lie within. Design & Practice created the identity for Le Patissier, and the result is a gourmet design system. The geometrically designed boxes and bags perfectly paired with color combinations that could be described as “drool-worthy” with bold yet straightforward typography is a match made in heaven. The Eiffel Tower might be a sight to see, but this packaging is a close second.

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