Nick & Johnny by Scandinavian Design Group

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for Swedish Snus brand Nick & Johnny created by Scandinavian Design Group

Nick & Johnny is a high quality, flavoured, moist powder tobacco known as snus. Launched in 2006 and produced by Stockholm based manufacturer Swedish Match Nick & Johnny has grown to become the fourth largest snus brand on the Norwegian market. Over this period the packaging has been through several iterations, the latest of which was created Scandinavian Design Group.

The group was commissioned to develop a new packaging treatment that would reinforce Nick & Johnny’s position as an alternative product among Norwegian and Swedish snus users, portray a knowledge and craftsmanship, and establish a more contemporary profile. This was achieved through a contrast of script, bold serif typography and a mix of white, coloured and metallic inks bound by the appearance of a hand painted print finish. Each product is described by Scandinavian Design Group as now carrying a unique expression that avoids cannibalizing the clarity of the brand.

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Neometro & Nine Smith Street designed by Studio Hi Ho

Print with unbleached board, blind emboss, clear foil and yellow band detail by Studio Hi Ho for Neometro and their property development Nine Smith Street

Nine Smith Street is the latest residential property project from Neometro, a company that describes itself as having a reputation as Melbourne’s most design-focused development group and recognised as one of the first holistic design and construction businesses in Australia. Neometro are dedicated to creating architectural buildings that are beautiful, functional and timeless, and have a sense of place and belonging. Neometro’s brand identity and that of its Fitzroy property Nine Smith Street, designed by Studio Hi Ho, effectively uses colour, type and substrate contrast to establish a solid foundation from which to communicate a variety of future property projects. It also reflects a design aesthetic rooted in a modernist heritage and the company’s commitment to new textures, finishes and materials.

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