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StrangeLove Lo-Cal Soda by Marx Design

Opinion by Richard Baird & Seth Rowden

Graphic and structural design created by New Zealand studio Marx Design for soft drinks brand StrangeLove

StrangeLove is an Australian soft drinks brand that began with a four flavour range of energy drinks. Although mass-produced, each of these was created with the intention of evoking a taste of the homemade through carefully sourced and high-quality organic ingredients. The range was developed in response to energy drink brands who StrangeLove believed had failed to live up to their premium positioning.

Keen to avoid the tricks and tropes of the category and secure a witty, eye-catching and original look, New Zealand-based Marx Design worked with StrangeLove to improve on the illustrative character that had been used across the brand’s earlier bottles, developing simpler compositions surrounded by plenty of white space and paired with sharp and humourous copywriting. Check out the BP&O review of these here.

StrangeLove went on to create a range of mixers, organic soft drinks and source a mineral water, each with its own unique visual language. 2019 sees the brand continue to expand their range and explore and challenge the drinks market, further working with Marx Design, this time on a range of “Lo-Cal” sodas.

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The True Honey Co. by Marx Design, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and packaging by Marx Design for The True Honey Company, a New Zealand-based business specialising in mānuka honey

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 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 collaborated with Think Packaging and writer Kate Phillips.

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Bruce Juice by Marx Design, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Australian, 100% raw, cold pressed juice brand Bruce Juice by New Zealand graphic design studio Marx

Bruce Juice is a 100% raw, cold pressed, fruit juice and plant milk brand new to the Australian market. It launched this year with five juice and vegetable blends, Red, Redder, Orange, Greener, Golden and Nutter, an almond milk, and a packaging and visual identity treatment by New Zealand based graphic design studio Marx Design.

Using a mix of illustration and texture, loose hand drawn logotype and custom typography, bright but natural colour and plenty of white space, and by balancing visual impact and communicative clarity, familiarity and originality, Marx Design helped Bruce Juice to realise their desire to establish a contemporary and playful brand personality that would also secure a strong health-focused market positioning.

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