Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.
PangPang is a Stockholm based microbrewery that was established by oddball Fredrik Tunedal in 2011. Fredrik, only 23 at the time, tattooed PangPang across his knuckles to celebrate the founding of what he believes to be Sweden’s first microbrewery. These knuckles now form the basis of the brewery’s logotype.
Swedish design studio Snask were commissioned to develop a strategy for PangPang’s 2014 summer series of hand brewed beers that would help them to compete within a growing craft beer sector and with the increasing number of microbreweries. This would be achieved by creating a playful visual identity and packaging solution that would stand out on shelves stacked with beer labels that often lacked individual character. The design and naming was built around the theme of tiki — a choice that felt suitable for summer beers and would create an ideal opportunity for interesting, distinctive and cheeky names. These included Cocojambo, Playa del Drevviken, Waikiki, Libertango and Tiki Tango.
Daebeté is a floral infused tea range that uses a high-grade Taiwanese oolong variety, made using a unique process of withering, oxidation, curling and twisting, that has then been given a floral hint using ancient baking methods. This process creates a subtle yet sweet flavour profile that carefully balances the aroma of flowers with the flavour of tea. The packaging for the Daebeté range, developed by Victor Design, was inspired by the natural beauty and ecology of the flower growing regions of each infusion, conveys the craft of production, the tradition of tea preparation, quality and delicate flavour, through a good combination of illustration, typography, print finish and structural choice.
Carpe Nux is a premium, sweet and savoury, fusion flavour nut brand inspired by global cuisine, hand-roasted in batches in the UK and created to invigorate what was perceived to be a flagging market. Flavours include Fiery Macadamias, Rum-Spiced Pecans, Zesty Cashews and Soy-Glazed Walnuts. London based Designers Anonymous were recently commissioned by Carpe Nux to help them communicate, through a new brand identity and packaging treatment, their international search for the perfect nut and the parallels they draw between their range’s flavour profiles, and historical figures whose legacy and stories expanded across borders yet remain relevant today.