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Jamsheed Laneway designed by Cloudy Co.

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo with graffiti spray detail and fluorescent ink print finish designed by Cloudy Co. for Jamsheed's Laneway variety

Jamsheed is a Yarra Valley boutique winery named after a Persian king that, according to ancient writings, through his fondness for storing fresh grapes in jars discovered wine. Jamsheed recently worked with Melbourne based Cloudy Co., the design studio behind its brand identity, on the launch of its new Laneway label, a variety created specifically for the growing Japanese wine bar market.

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The Bone Line designed by Inhouse

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for The Bone Line designed by Inhouse

The Bone Line is a New Zealand winery with a name that references the K—T Boundary, a thin band that runs close to The Bone Line’s location in the Waipara Valley, and that marks the end of the Mesozoic Era and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Auckland based graphic design studio Inhouse worked with the winery to establish a distinctive packaging and identity treatment. Like many good wine label solutions, Inhouse have taken its cues from the provenance of the wine. While conventional, this approach benefits from a significant regional prehistory that ties in well with the themes of age and vintage, and is effectively visualised through a contrast of type reduction, the detailed texture of fossil photography and a black, white and copper colour palette.

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Le Naturel designed by Moruba

Wine packaging designed by Moruba for Le Naturel

Le Naturel is an all-natural wine created without the use of sulphites by Spanish producer Vintae. Vintae describes itself as an innovative, young and dynamic enterprise, representing the avant-garde and revolutionising different aspects of the wine-growing industry.

The wine’s packaging, developed by Moruba, embraces an unusual and distinctive change in communicative priorities, discarding the perceived high qualities of foil and tactile papers, verbose narrative, the themes of heritage, craft and provenance typically associated with the industry and instead leverages an increasing popularity for typographic and ink austerity. This approach places weight on a single piece of information—the established relationship between freshness and best-before dates—and utilises ubiquitous sans-serif typography to convey this with honesty and precision whilst reflecting the brand’s avant-garde approach.

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