Category Archives: VisCom

Thai Food Packaging

Shrishti Vajpai developed the brand identity for Foodery, a fictive Thai food brand, for a project brief showcased during Design Week in Milan. The goal was to go against the grain, while also attributing elements of grid patterns and design cues. The clever use of cubes and grids to create words and images is both playful and minimalist. The predominantly black and white labels, contrasted by the colorful stickers with quirky slogans, is far from the conventional styles consistent with Thai food packaging. 

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The brief for this project was to develop special edition packaging for Thai food, specifically for the Design Week in Milan, to add value to a food delivery brand without a specific identity—Foodery. The aim was to enhance a simple food delivery system into an experience, using design as the theme. 

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Skincare Superhero brand

There’s something classic about the powder pink and sky blue combo that makes me instantly obsessed. Throw in the glistening silver, and we’ve got perfect packaging. The simplicity of the bottles paired with the punchy copy is also a duo worth loving. I know it’s terrible, but I often forget to wash my face; if this cleanser was on my countertop, I don’t think I’d ever skip my daily face scrub. It’s too lovely to resist.

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Moja Cooking Kits Are Black And White And Radiant All Over

There’s a particular power that comes with a black and white package design. It serves as a look of confidence as the design’s beauty isn’t distracted by color. Moja Cooking Kits are travel-sized tubes stoked full of flavors. Each spice’s label is designed with the flavor profile in mind, blending your taste and visual senses. From ginger’s wavy aesthetic to black pepper’s spotted look, if you’re ever in a pinch, this kit packs a punch.

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Together we wanted to express flavours in shape and texture and not confuse the packaging with dozens of colours associating blue for salt and red for chilli. The black paint illustrations directly depict the taste profile of each spice or herb. 

Sometimes we used the actual ingredient to express its contents. Pouring abstract lines of olive oil, playing with powdered paprika or making ink prints from whole spices like Black pepper or Cumin kernels.
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San Diego Zoo & Safari Park brand

Pentagram partner Michael Bierut has brought all of the organisation’s work under a single brand, which is now known as the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Today, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are two of the largest zoos in the world, and Rex the lion lives on in the form of the Rex’s Roar statue that greets visitors at its entrance.

Together, the zoo and safari park are home to more than 15,000 rare and endangered animals, are part of a non-profit conservation organisation that is committed to saving species worldwide, and boast one of the largest zoological membership associations in the world, with more than half a million members.

Last updated over a decade ago, the zoo’s previous identity treated its non-profit arm San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as separate brands with their own visual systems.

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and his team were briefed to create a new brand identity that could connect with the broadest audience possible – from the families who visit and support the zoo and safari park to the scientific community who contribute to its research.

Creating a new name for the zoo was the first step in a two-year collaboration between Pentagram and the parent organisation, which has been rebranded as the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA).

The reimagined mark brings together three animals that are important to the history of the SDZWA: Rex the lion; a California condor, a species brought back from the brink of extinction in a signature achievement by the organisation; and a white rhino, which is currently undergoing one of most successful managed breeding programmes in the world.

Combined as part of one singular circular mark, the three individual animal images play with positive and negative space as a nod to the interdependence of all living things on the planet.

Continuing with this theme, the use of positive-negative space hints at the ongoing threat of extinction in a series of Saving Species Worldwide posters, which feature animal illustrations in silhouette.

The identity also extends to a system of sub-brands for the various components of the organisation, which are further differentiated by an animal-themed colour palette. This includes Habitat Green for the main alliance brand, along with Bumblebee Yellow, Macaw Red and Elephant Gray.

Otta rebrand

Founded in 2019 by Sam Franklin, Theo Margolius and Xav Kearney – all of whom previously worked at estate agency Nested – Otta offers a decidedly different take on the drudgery of job hunting.

Rather than displaying users long lists of jobs, it tailors recommendations according to what people are actually searching for – taking into account desired salary, size of company, industry and so on. Otta also offers extra details about companies actively recruiting including a profile, the amount of funding they’ve received, company values and benefits.

“We wanted these to be really bold, expressive and exaggerated, and have that sense of being warm, soft and enveloping but also bright and a bit lairy. We wanted to get people’s attention and send a signal that this was something that was the complete opposite of some of the other experiences.” Ragged Edge

Every little helps.

Maisie Benson and Holly Kielty have designed a set of guerrilla stickers that pop up in strategic locations around supermarkets, reminding shoppers to add a few items for their local food bank.

The pair had the idea for the Think Food Bank project after noticing that most donation stations are placed, unhelpfully, by supermarkets’ exits – meaning many people only see them once their shop is done and paid for. To encourage shoppers to remember food banks while they’re still browsing the aisle, the two designers created a set of illustrated stickers that can be stealthily stuck around the store – each tailored to the colour scheme of a different supermarket brand.

Some offer a generic message encouraging people to add items to their weekly shop, while others are designed to go in specific parts of the supermarket – for example ‘don’t forgetti, donate spaghetti’.

“We want our stickers to be wherever a shopper might simply think to donate – it’s too easy for people to forget food banks until after they’ve checked out and it’s too late,” says Maisie Benson, who’s a senior designer at B&B Studio in London.

“We were inspired by Marcus Rashford – he showed that every individual can make something truly positive happen,” says Kielty, a creative strategy director at Design Bridge. “Design has the power to do so much good and we just saw that there was a simple solution to a wider problem.”

The campaign is “guerrilla in style” as the pair describe it, but it’s hard to imagine any supermarket actively removing the stickers – 120 sets of which have been sent out, ready to find new homes in supermarkets across the UK.

Vegan skincare brand

Scottish vegan skincare is a genuine thing! With bold typography and the warmed fuzzies of the gradient, this brand designed by Too Gallus will give you a sentimental kick in the face every morning.

Too Gallus was enlisted to bring to life the brand identity in a way the reflected its bold and playful approach. With an audience of skin-care savvy Gen-xers it was essential that the product come to market swinging and instantly stood out as a name to watch in the beauty and skincare industry. The brand had to be exciting, and fun yet still carry its self with all of the weight and authority of a major player. We were conscious not to make the brand to novel and were aware that all through the process although the aim was to target a younger audience that the professionalism of the brand must never be lost.

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When it came to packaging we knew we had hard competition in the current world of beauty and cosmetics, we needed to craft a product that not only had shelf appeal but was fun and interesting to receive when posted out through director to consumer commerce. We opted for a material focused approach. crafting holographic foil box outers with an embossed white gloss finish, channelling early y2k aesthetic. Our research presented us with futuristic materials, fun bold type and an ever shifting colour palette. paired with a minimal inner containers – using a screen printed logo type on the glassware. The result was a stunning, tactile product which harks older generations back to their formative years and serves Gen-X that tough of 2000s culture they love so much.

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Honne brand

Honne Wellness reached out to Matilda Wilson Creative to take the reins on all things branding. Focusing predominantly on web design, since e-commerce was the brand’s platform, Matilda Wilson Creative cultivated the brand identity so that every detail was cohesive and straightforward. This allows for trust to be built in the brand, as well as minimal, yet intentional elements to be incorporated. The labeling and packaging was designed with that same notion in mind; hence, the typewriter font and the aesthetically pleasing photographs included in the design work. Muted and neutral tones set the scene for the brand to put the main spotlight on the nature of the organic ingredients.

Honne Wellness is wellness in synergy, with alchemy. The products are designed by our team of naturopaths and nutritionists, taking a holistic approach to our unique needs as women. Derived from whole food sources, we use absolutely no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, fillers, or additives. 

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Honne’s e-commerce focus meant that their user experience and web design was pivotal to the brands success. Through strong copy, professionally-shot content, and a digital strategy that effectively paired key messaging and brand transparency with clear call-to-action, we were able to communicate to audiences without overwhelming them or straying away from the brand’s style.

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The Skuratov Coffee

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White Russian Studio had their fun when creating the brand identity for Skuratov Coffee Roasters. Defying any and all stereotypes behind coffee, they aimed to package and design the labels so that anybody that happens upon it on a shelf has no choice but to take a second glance.

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The idea behind our branding for Skuratov Coffee Roasters was to make it more clear and defined, giving it a chance to cut through all the noise and perceptions that come with traditional coffee roasters and cafes today. 

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David Mack

Came across this artist and loved his style.

David Mack is the New York Times Best Selling author of the KABUKI Graphic Novels, cover artist for FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk, the writer & artist of Daredevil from Marvel Comics, including DAREDEVIL: End of Days which debuted in hardcover as #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (Co-written with Brian Michael Bendis), and the author of his children’s book THE SHY CREATURES from MacMillan.

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Reflections presents a selection of David Mack’s art, including sketches, finished paintings, sculptures, and other various forms, giving the reader a gorgeous look at his creative process.

Mack has illustrated and designed music albums for both American and Japanese Labels, including work for Paul McCartney, Amanda Palmer, Thomas Jane, Vincent D’Onofrio, painted Tori Amos for her RAINN benefit calendars, acted as storyboard artist & asst. Director for Dead Can Dance music video, designed toys and packaging for companies in Hong Kong, animation art for MTV, ad campaigns for SAKURA art materials, written and designed video game characters for film director John Woo and Electronic Arts, wrote the interactive animated viral promo for Mission Impossible four, and contributed the artwork for Dr. Arun Ghandi’s essay on the “Culture of Non-Violence”.

Find more work at davidmack.com