Boxed Water is a sustainable water, art and philanthropic project that delivers the plastic bottle experience through an alternative and more environmentally conscious carton-based structural design. Independent graphic designer and illustrator Salih Kucukaga, was recently commissioned by Southern California based coffee bar brand Dripp to develop a custom adhesive label treatment that would wrap the Boxed Water carton and create a co-branded product experience. Along with photographs of this latest project Sahil has very kindly provided the answers to few questions about his background, inspirations and aspirations.
Reuben Hills is a coffee roastry and cafe located in the Surray Hills region of Sydney, Australia. The cafe’s identity, designed by multidisciplinary creative studio Luke Brown, is an interesting monochromatic mix of bold but breezy sans serif typography, vintage photography and stamp-based print treatment.
Matchstick is a Canadian coffee roaster and retailer that specialises in the hand-crafted preparation of single origin beans sourced from Columbia and Guatemala. Matchstick’s branding and packaging, designed by Stockholm based independent designer Cameron McKague, working under his agency Vitae and in collaboration with Dirk Wright, was created to evoke the warmth and charm of its founders through a playful illustrative style and monogram.
illy is an Italian coffee brand produced in Trieste and exported globally. As part of the continuing art collection series (two each year), illy comissioned Cameroon based artist and graphic designer Alioum Moussa to create the artwork for their limited edition coffee tins. The piece, titled ‘All Create Together’, was “inspired by his [Alioum Moussa's] experience at Cittadellarte – Pistoletto Foundation in Biella.”
Di Alpino is a mobile coffee brand servicing the Odessa region of Ukraine. Designed by Moscow based studio Art Lebedev, the brand’s new identity and packaging utilise a brightly coloured stained glass visual aesthetic to symbolise the Renaissance and the elevated position of coffee in Italian culture.
Black Goat is a pre-packed organic coffee product that will be sold (under the brand Espresso Republic) by Dripp, a coffee shop soon to open in Chino Hills, California. The packaging, created by Turkish independent designer Salih Kucukaga, draws its inspiration from Kaldi, an Ethiopian myth ascribing the origin of coffee to a goat herder and Islamic holy man, and blends the geometric patterns of Arabesque, a simple but stylised goat motif and hand-crafted logo-type.
Paisaje Cultural Cafetero is an organisation that supports a number of coffee growing areas and heritage sites around Colombia’s central and western foothills of the Cordillera de los Andes. Their new identity developed by Columbian designer Jaime Cadavid characterises the natural, cultural and architectural significance of the area.