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Rare Harvest by Marx Design

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging by Marx Design for Rare Havest, a limited edition Mānuka honey from The True Honey Company

The True Honey Company (TTHC) dedicates itself to the production of mānuka honey, a monofloral variety produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the mānuka tree. It has a unique colour and texture and a high level of dietary Methyglyoxal, an organic compound with antibacterial and antiviral properties.

With a price range starting at 60.00AUD and rising to 230.00AUD per jar, and working in a market flooded with sub-standard honey and dishonest marketing, communicating the value of the product and the commitment of TTHC to quality and ethical production through an impactful and engaging brand identity and packaging design was paramount. This task was given to Auckland-based graphic design studio and packaging specialists Marx Design who played with a material and structural language to express the rarity and value of such a product.

Marx Design returned to the project in 2019 to develop packaging for Rare Harvest, a limited edition mānuka honey from TTHC certified at an unprecedented 1,700+ MGO (31+UMF), the highest ever recorded. Marx Design, working in collaboration with Think Packaging, further the material language of value and rarity that characterised the first range, and fold in the theme of Mānuka blossoms.

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Tulura by Build, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging design by Leeds-based studio Build for New York skincare brand Tulura

Tulura is an independent luxury botanical skincare brand created Eileen Feighny, a former professional model brought up in Korea and now working from New York. The first of Tulura’s products is a two-step moisturising program that includes a vitamin peptide serum and a botanical facial oil made from seasonal ingredients hand picked and custom-blended. Ingredients are chosen for their effectiveness, and formulations created without the use of fillers, fragrances, synthetic emulsifiers and preservatives.

Tulura worked with Leeds-based studio Build to develop a “contemporary, diverse and engaging” brand identity to “inspire and motivate women and beauty enthusiasts”. Build describe their approach as taking a “simplistic, clean and honest approach”. This is expressed by the structure and composition of packaging, in the layout and typesetting of label, and in the lines and forms that make up Tulura logotype.

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Barro de Cobre by Savvy, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging by Mexican design studio Savvy for twice distilled mezcal Barro de Cobre

Barro de Cobre is a mezcal from Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, distilled twice; once using a clay pot and the second in copper. It is a unique process that takes time, but produces a strong yet smooth, clear but earthy character. The name Barro de Cobre, Copper Clay roughly translated, is an expression of this process, which also goes on to inform brand identity and packaging, created by graphic design studio Savvy.

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