Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Tea for Me

We all know how I feel about bland tea packaging.  I was happy to find a great example of dynamic, modern tea packaging on my beloved Lovely Package today.

Tea Bar, a cafe in Amsterdam where you can select, mix and match, and drink a blend of teas, asked Proud Design to create a series of packaging that would reflect the unique nature of each tea.

I think they've succeeded.  Their design is eye-catching, clean, and honestly, a bit of a conversation starter.  A cocktail umbrella?  A flexed bicep?  A lava lamp?  What has this to do with tea?

Each package reflects the main attribute of each tea for a design that's fresh and visually interesting, but not as transparent as one might think.  I like that though—since you don't have a ready clue as to what exactly each tea is, you're forced to ask questions and educate yourself about each of the varietals, which probably leads to a far better tea experience.

Plus, this just looks cool.

Post originally seen here, at Lovely Package.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

DC's New Logo is a Super Fail

What do we think about DC Comic's new logo?

Nothing about this says comics to me.  It says "Ha! I'm a TYPEFACE!".  Not that every comic company logo has to have a thunderbolt or swoosh or star or whatever, but there's such a rich visual history to draw from with comics that this stripped-down logo just feels flat to me.

Armin has some great points about it in this post on Brand New

The sticker peeling/page turning concept is something many of us have done in the sketch phase at some point, heck I have even presented it to a client, and that’s where it should stay as there is nothing particularly original about it. But let’s assume it’s the right way to go, there is a lack of finish in the execution and it might be the clunky way the “C” closes, which was done to make sure it is visible, but few “C”s we use day to day look like that, they are usually more open and they end at nicer angles, not 0°. The visual idea has merit, there is an interesting relation revealed between the “D” and the “C” but it’s not properly pulled (pun!) off. And the typography underneath the monogram seems to be a complete afterthought.
DC, you employ a bunch of artists.  We know you can do better.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Student Work: Nick Dunlap

This wine packaging by Nick Dunlap is interesting.  It's a 20s-style "Prohibition Preparedness" kit, with a bottle each of Hooch Estate Vineyards Chardonnay and Merlot, and breath mints, disguise labels, and a corkscrew.

While I love the design, being a fan of all things 20s, I wonder if it wouldn't be more appropriate for a different kind of liquor?

I associate Prohibition with malt and hop beverages, home distilleries, flasks tucked into garters.  I don't really associate it with wine.  During Prohibition, alcohol could be imbibed—it just couldn't be manufactured, transported, or sold.  Beer and whiskey sales skyrocketed in this environment, probably due to the availability of their source grains.  But there's really only a few places in the United States that you can grow grapes.

Still, the packaging and concept are pretty cool.  I would have created it with a solid whiskey in mind for a more authentic fit.

Originally seen at Lovely Package.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gazelli Cosmetics

What I'm struck by with this is how different it looks from the kind of cosmetic packaging I'm used to. It doesn't have a heavy botanical influence, but it also lacks the sterile, uber-cleaned-up aesthetic of modernism.  It's certainly clean, but also interesting.  I like that it shows a woman, the intended audience, but not a super aspirational woman, if that makes sense.

Designed by Gazelli Cosmetics in Azerbaijan, they say about the brand:
Ghazel is a form of lyrical poetry that praises beauty, youth and love. These short poems speak of the untouchable, mysterious beauty of women, whose silk dresses and strands of rubies haunt the days and nights of men enraptured by love.
Love that.

Originally seen on Lovely Package.