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Hubbards Creamy Porridge by Coats, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging for Hubbards Porridge designed by Coats, New Zealand

Auckland-based studio Coats continue to collaborate with health food company Hubbards, following up their work on Toppers with packaging for their new Creamy Porridge range. Coats was tasked with conveying the range’s modern flavour combinations, avoiding the rustic and traditional messages often favoured by the category, and working within a brand language that is quirky, engaging, honest and down-to-earth. Much like their work on Toppers, Coats does this through bold custom lettering, a bright but natural colour palette, and convivial tone of voice.

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Hubbards Toppers by Coats, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging for Hubbards Toppers by Coats Design, New Zealand

New Zealand health food business Hubbards have launched Toppers, a family of 4 mixes to add to muesli and yoghurt, aimed at the growing market of  ‘tinkerers’, a consumer group that want to customise their breakfast and snacking experience. Hubbards worked with Auckland based graphic design studio Coats to convey the promise of each mix in a compelling manner and in a way that would comfortably sit within a brand language described as quirky, engaging, honest and down-to-earth. This is achieved through bold custom lettering, illustrative detail, bright colours, visual and material texture.

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Black Estate — Circuit by Toko, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design for Black Estate's wine range Circuit designed by graphic design studio Toko

Circuit is a 2014 Pinot Noir and 2015 Pinot Gris range from New Zealand’s Black Estate, a Vineyard run by The Naish Family and located across three hillsides in the Waipara Valley, an area of North Canterbury with clay and clay-limestone soil. Black Estate worked with Australian graphic design studio Toko on the branding and packaging of these two new wine varieties which extended across labels and boxes.

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