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Type and TonicI saw some early versions of this bottle label...

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Early Version of the label


Early Version of the label

Type and Tonic

I saw some early versions of this bottle label back in 2015, in alternate colours. It was obvious then that this was going to be something special. 

Designed by Tom Lane a.k.a Ginger Monkey, for the Bohemian Beverage Company, Gypsy Tonic’ is a health food drink, despite looking like the most fabulous alcoholic spirit. 

Tom, based in Liverpool, UK, drew inspiration from the look and feel of the 1800’s Apothecary scene. The product and finally hit the shelves this year and the design was awarded a certificate of typographic excellence by the @typedirectorsclub

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Original Sketch for the #LoveWins #freefont project...

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Original Sketch for the #LoveWins #freefont project http://bit.ly/lovewff Link in my Bio #brush #equal #rights #sketch #share http://ift.tt/2rCw27p

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We’ve been out here in Florence Italy for the past week...

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We’ve been out here in Florence Italy for the past week and this is a doodle of a door knocker I saw in Florence. Drawn on a train ride to Venice.

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Blackjack, 1979

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Wow. Ambitious and amazing. 1979.

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Happy Hour

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Every Friday we raise a glass to celebrate some of the best new boozy bottles to hit store shelves. This week, badger-based beer, rum bottles made from discarded Cola wrappers, a treat for gentlemen, and more.

Wild Island Botanical Gin, by Thirst Craft

Some lovely work here from Glasgow-based agency Thirst Craft, which has designed the packaging for Wild Island Gin, a spirit made from botanicals sourced from a small island on the outer reaches of Scotland called Colonsay. We created a simple and confident brand identity that was influenced by the islands rich Viking heritage, says Thirst Craft, which created the artwork using watercolors applied to the bottles using screen printing. The artwork was inspired by the wild, organic, evolving, and beautiful nature of Colonsay By printing on the inside of the transfer, one can always view the watercolor through the bottle from all angles, encouraging drinkers to pick up and explore the bottle. Dont mind if we do.

Gentlemans Treat, by Mathieu Huygens

We cant help feel gentlemans treat sounds rather like a euphemism for something, but instead its the name of astrong imperial Russian stout with some great goth-leaning graphics. The bottles were designed by Mathieu Huygens and photographed here by Sebastien Vandenwouwer, with a look made to echo the strong beer dark and made of high contrast, according to Huygens. The bottle has been dipped in acrylic paint to have a classy/creepy finish, he adds.

Brewed for my dear friends 30th birthday, this strong imperial Russian stout is bold and complex. Notes of coffee and dark fruits blend together with hints of whiskey and smoked malt. A multilayered beverage made to pair nicely with the leathery tones of a Cuban cigar. To be enjoyed now or decades later

Premium Navy Rum, by Fitzroy

Netherlands agency Fitzroy has created the worlds first sustainable rum packaging, designing bottles whose caps are made from discarded Coca-Cola labels. The wrappers were gleaned from the Dutch beaches of the North Sea Islands, then melted and pressed to form the caps that sit atop bottles made from recycled glass. The eye-catching marble look-a-like top creates a unique and distinctive design which invites people to reuse this bottle for other purposes as well, says Fitzroy.

This is also the main reason the bottle itself wont be branded, but wrapped, making it a perfect water carafe, which is definitely a plus. Because as we all know after the waste and the wasted story, comes the chapter titled: the hangover. So reuse this bottle and save our planet from another headache.

The Badger, by BrandOpus

London-based agency BrandOpus has finally combined two great bastions of Britishness: badgers and beer. The designs for the Collectors Edition bottle for Hall & Woodhouses signature ale Badger see the bottle take the shape of a badgers head decorated in the familiar black and white stripes, with the nose represented by a corked neck adorned with a hand-waxed seal, says BrandOpus. Even the presentation tube is badger-based, aiming to depict the scene of a badgers sett [a.k.a. their den], made from untreated craft stock paper. The concept sees the badger emerge from his cozy, leafy sett upon opening the package. Awwwww.

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Humboldt Distillery's Elegant Cannabis-Infused Vodka

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Auston Design Group designed the packaging for Humboldt Distillery’s new groundbreaking cannabis-infused vodka. The design has an old-school, traditional feel, referencing the craft that goes into creating this special spirit.

"Long-time client, Humboldt Distillery, came to us with a desire to create a Cannabis-infused vodka that would be a quality tribute to Northern California’s Emerald Triangle. The product would not feature any of the THC found in marijuana, instead it’s a product made with locally grown hemp that’s a subtle nod to the region’s pot-growing tradition.

And that subtle nod had to remain subtle. Aside from the usual built-in labeling law limitations that go along with packaging alcohol, federal labeling laws strongly prohibit referencing, or depicting anything related to illegal drugs on alcohol packaging. So, in this case, it meant no pot plants, leaves, reefers, blunts, pipes or bongs — nothing fun."

"The challenge of evoking the essence of the local cannabis culture without any of the typical visual cues led us to go for a subtle hemp burlap sack texture in the background and a cluster of vegetation that “kind of” looked like marijuana plants. The first label version was rejected for stating “Cannabis Vodka” on the brand banner (a completely accurate description for the product), leading us to use “Humboldt’s Finest” on the front label – a reference for those in the know. 

This label is digitally printed on Neenah Packaging’s Estate Label #8 uncoated, pressure sensitive, substrate. It features a multi-level emboss. The first level is the hemp bag background texture; the second is our custom botanical & banner illustration. 

The final package is one that delivers the needed cues and Emerald Triangle spirit, yet still delivers a package that appeals to a wider audience."

 

Designed By: Auston Design Group
Location: Emeryville, CA, US



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