Opinion by Richard Baird.
Danish Selection is a new range of high-quality fruit spreads cut with alcohol. The range includes blackcurrant infused with Jamaican rum, orange with cognac and a wild blueberry variety with Scotch whiskey. Orkla, the company behind Danish Selection, worked with Copenhagen based graphic design studio Kontrapunkt to develop a packaging treatment that would clearly communicate this new concept to consumers. Kontrapunkt’s solution is characterised by a circular label of type, pastel colour and uncoated paper.
Naughty But Rice is a rice pudding range created by The Hain Daniels Group in response to an increase in the dessert’s popularity in the United Kingdom. Unlike the product’s of established and mainstream brands, Naughty But Rice, as the name suggests, offers consumers a modern and indulgent twist on the traditional favourite, with flavours that include Coconut & Raspberry, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Orange.
The range features a brand identity and package design, developed by Leeds based graphic design studio Robot Food, that leaves behind what the studio describe as tired category conventions, and instead, embraces the striking and high-contrast, in structure, type, colour, space and illustration. Since its launch, Naughty But Nice has secured shelf space in supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Booths.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Candlefish is a Charleston, South Carolina, store that stocks a carefully curated collection of scented candles from an assortment of brands including Rewined and Produce, and also plays host to a variety of workshops. The store takes its name from the Eulachon, better known as the Candlefish. After drying, and due to its high oil content, the Candlefish burns much like a candle and is said to have been used to illuminate the dwellings of man and woman as far back as the first century A.D.
Candlefish’s retail space of brick, wood and steel beams, exposed utilities, small spot and larger low-hanging industrial lighting and practical display surfaces that double up as cabinets, secures a current and worn urban utility that offers contrast to the crafted nature of the products.
This space is given shots of bright red throughout, enhanced by panels of white paint, is complemented by vintage lounge chairs, and given character through a brand identity treatment by American design studio Fuzzco. The studio’s illustrative style, approach to print and packaging layers the experience with clear craft cues, a conviviality and a retrospective sensibility based around their naming strategy. The project included logotype, logo and illustration, packaging, signage and bags.