The Brand Union have redesigned the packaging for Swedish premium vodka brand Absolut’s complete flavour range bringing them in line with the more expressive directions of their recent special editions. Based around a diverse set of handcrafted illustrations which replace the lengthy script of the originals – a detail that drew together the brand’s heritage and ingredient quality – the “vibrant new designs bypass design conventions to artistically express the core essence of the flavours in the Absolut Vodka range”, whilst retaining their distinctive and proprietary structure.
MidNight is an “innovative” range of cocktail boxes that intend to “revolutionize the way people create cocktails both in bars and at home”. Design studio Mucho were commissioned to develop packaging and brand identity for MidNight that would “retain the tradition and elegance of cocktail making” whilst reflecting the new method of storing and serving. Based on the geometric reinterpretation of the ‘M’ and the ‘N’ Mucho created a graphic system of triangles. This mixes classic fruit engravings with bright colour to generate a kaleidoscopic visual language that weaves together a sense of traditional craft and quality, and an exciting and modern cocktail making experience.
To standout in an increasingly saturated market, boutique brewer Sample commissioned Melbourne-based design agency Longton to brand and package their American-inspired pale ale, slow brewed to the standards of the 1516 German purity law.
Longton’s solution reflects this approach, a purity of ingredients and the brewery’s name with a distinctive and reductionist ‘sample pack’ aesthetic that balances a sense of small-scale, traditional batch production with a contemporary and on-trend utility through a contrast of type-block, grids, single line weight illustrative detail, generously spaced uppercase sans-serif typography, a monochromatic colour palette, the tactile qualities of a rough glass surface treatment, the website’s fusion of modern and responsive design practice and the functionality of Courier New. It is simple but well resolved with very little superfluous detail and a focus on communication, and while it is perhaps bordering on what some might describe as hipster, this feels appropriate for the craft beer market.