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Niche Wine Co. — Somm by Frost, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design by Sydney-based Frost for Niche Wine Co.'s limited edition release Somm, an Australian Shiraz

Somm is a limited edition Australian Shiraz from Niche Wine Co., a winery that embraces an innovative dry farming process that yields fewer yet higher quality grapes with an intensity of flavour and colour. With a desire to convey an established, old vineyard feel, and a sense of heritage and sophistication, Niche Wine Co. worked with Sydney-based studio Frost to develop name and packaging design.

Inspired by the sommelier, a trusted and knowledgeable figure in the world of wine, Frost developed an idea based around the sommelier’s notebook, literally translating the spontaneity, insight and personable qualities of this directly onto label and tissue paper, then packaging bottle into bespoke wooden box.

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Filmore by Freytag Anderson, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, brand identity and package design by Glasgow-based Freytag Anderson for Scottish unisex skincare range Filmore

Filmore is a unisex skincare range and everyday routine. It is produced in Scotland for the national and international market using effective natural ingredients and Scottish water. Glasgow-based studio Freytag Anderson worked with Filmore on brand identity and packaging design. Referencing the International Code of Signals (ICS) and informed by their client’s love of Scandinavian design, the studio created a minimal graphic expression. This is characterised by a simple logo, interlocking F’s, grid structure and utilitarian naming system, paired with a high quality material detail and finish.

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Brewdog’s Lone Wolf by B&B Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and packaging design by London-based B&B Studio for Brewdog's craft spirits range Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf—a whisky, gin and vodka range—marks Brewdog’s entry into the craft spirits market. These are produced by Brewdog’s distillery in Scotland, the only one to make base spirit from grain under one roof, a roof specially modified to accommodate a 19m high 60-plate rectification column to get the purest results possible.

The range features a brand identity and packaging design created by London-based B&B Studio. This is described as being in defiance of category codes and conventions, and features a stripped back label design and wolf’s head motif as expressions of product purity and the brand’s outsider stance. The range will be available at Brewdog bars, and as part of Brewdog’s equity scheme. This post was updated November 2017 with images and thoughts on the design of Lone Wolf’s new tonic water and G&T range.

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