Speisenklub is a Neukölln based members only culinary club and event that takes place on the last Sunday of each month in different locations in and around Berlin. The club’s identity, created by visual communication and graphic design studio Mucho, applied to membership cards and a preservatives range, mixes the classic and ‘special occasion’ aesthetic of decorative cutlery and fine china, executed with a solid contemporary fill and subtle restaurant rosette style layout, the organic, traditional and personal hand-drawn qualities of a script and the utilitarian sensibilities of a stencil cut uppercase sans serif set across a simple adhesive label packaging treatment. It is a simple and communicative combination that neatly resolves high quality and homemade values with a sense of locality, practicality and perhaps reflects the commoditised history of preserves.
Patchett’s is a UK gourmet confectioner that specialises in the creation of natural, handmade and batch produced sweets. The brand’s visual identity and packaging for their first range, a selection of uniquely flavoured marshmallows, was created by London-based agency Designers Anonymous and utilises a pale colour palette, soft geometric shapes and classic typographical cues to capture the artisan and craft based nature of the brand and the light but natural flavour profiles of the marshmallows.
Lesley’s Gourmet is a US based confectioner founded by caterer and event planner Lesley Clapham that makes french-styled artisan chocolates, fruit bars and chutney from natural, organic ingredients. YUI Studio was commissioned to develop the packaging for Lesley’s Fine Artisan Chocolates range, delivering a clear plastic substrate and uncoated paper combination alongside a silver print finish to create subtle contrast throughout.
The Dirty Apron is a cooking school, grocer, gourmet delivery service, caterer and delicatessen located in the Crosstown district of Vancouver, that offers, alongside cookery courses, hot lunches, sandwiches and take-home meals, deli meats, organic milk and eggs, local cheeses, fresh flowers and specialty products.
The delicatessen’s packaging and promotional items, which include bread and shopping bags, gift and lunch boxes, product labels and tags, were created by Multidisciplinary design agency Glasfurd & Walker and utilise a neat combination of uncoated, unbleached substrates, string, a single colour print treatment, tape, wax seal and stamp detail to deliver a traditional craft based aesthetic that has an open honest proposition with a local farmers market sensibility. A mixed typographic approach delivers individual personality alongside conventional communication while illustrated details, borders and ribbons suggest heritage, knowledge and experience. Its execution is solid throughout and neatly reflects traditional values with contemporary quality and consistency.
Established in 1915, Bolthouse Farms is a grower and manufacturer of food products for the US market. In a bid to meet increasing consumer demand for low fat natural products, Fairfield, Connecticut based brand and packaging development firm HMSDesign was commissioned to redesign their range of seven, yoghurt based dressings.”HMSDesign refreshed Bolthouse Farms’ entire line of all natural Yogurt Dressings, encompassing 7 flavors, further leveraging the brand’s iconic visual equities as it continues to lead the category. The design challenge was to increase brand presence, appetite appeal, and meet consumer demand for all natural products that have low fat and low calories, all with great taste!”- HMS Design
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Dzine Mafia is a website dedicated to the conceptual exploration of alternative packaging solutions to current retail products. For the site’s second experiment, they tackled UK based artisan cheese brand (and Blur bassist) Alex James’ new supermarket range created exclusively for Asda. Dzine Mafia’s concept boldly substitutes the reserve, format and geometry of consultancy Aesop’s design in favour of a loud conversational and non-format approach.