Back in November 2011 premium soy wax candle brand Rewined launched a new packaging solution created by Charleston-based independent design agency Stitch. I described the project in my original post as neatly resolving the themes of candle and wine craft, vintage and heritage through a diverse but coherent combination of earthy textures, a recycled letter-pressed label, hand stamped stickers, a simple identity solution that draws together origin and local industry through a classic circular crest lock-up with aged and humanist imperfections, alongside a bright ‘wax’ seal token and hand signed detail.
Stitch have recently published images of a number of other brand assets that share and expand on the craft cues and textures of the product with the addition of a lovely two ply, uncoated, unbleached board and a light veneered business card with sticker detail, the brass screws of the catalogue, the deep green of a tape and the grain sack-like qualities of a string-tied canvas bag.
HealGel is a range of high quality skin care products, originally created to aid the repair of post-operative scarring, developed by actress Natascha McElhone – a dermatological biochemist – and a team of cosmetic surgeons. Taking its cues from what looks like medical forms and stat charts, international design agency Pentagram, led by Domenic Lippa, developed a new packaging treatment that delivers a sense of ‘pure information’, fact and clinical effectiveness through grid-based layouts, boxes, a geometric sans serif and slab serif combination softened by a pastel colour palette across a white substrate. It is a distinctive and unique design solution that avoids cosmetic conventions in favour of hard science, a direction that manages to resolve the themes of technological and scientific systems, medical processes and everyday routine with a reductionist, communicative and utilitarian functionality.
Expatrius is a limited edition range of wines created from grapes grown on the eastern end of Waiheke Island, New Zealand, by winemaker Luc Desbonnets. The wine’s label and case, created by print and digital design agency Inhouse, contrast the fine detail and traditional heraldic cues of a hand-etched illustrative crown, a gold block foil emboss and tactile substrate alongside geometric, abstract letter-forms, solid fills and a striking monochromatic colour palette to communicate the heritage, high quality, craft and exclusivity of the wine and a very distinctive and contemporary brand character.