New Year, New Post.

I got my blog stats in the other day that tell me all sorts of exciting things about views and popular posts during the year. If you’re interested in that kind of thing then have a nosy here. Anyway it gave me a bit of a kick to start posting again so what better day than new year? (Although I have to make it clear it’s not a resolution because I don’t like them. They seem silly and are nearly always broken by the 5th of January anyway!)

So for this post I thought I’d show a nice bit of topical packaging that I don’t think many of you will appreciate seeing today!

Created by Brandhouse, an agency I was unfamiliar with up until now, for Berry Bros. & Rudd this packaging really stood out on the shelf and made me interested to find out more about the brand and product.

Screen Shot 2013-01-01 at 20.21.29Their brief was to create the most premium gin brand from a company that had over 300 years experience in wine and spirit making, which is pretty much a dream brief for anybody, I’d imagine. Brandhouse based the brand around the location of the company, working with the address, maps and even a key embossed into each bottle.

brandhouse gin packaging


I love the typography on the label and the way it continues to reflect the idea of heritage and ‘London.’brandhouse gin packagingI also particularly like the way the key concept is taken to the primary packaging using a really simple keyhole die-cut.Brandhouse dry gin packagingReally nice stuff and hopefully you’ll agree, a good start to the year!



Stackable Wine

Stacked wine is a great new way to package wine. Comprised of four 187ml plastic cups, it contains the same volume of liquid as a standard bottle but can easily be split into four equal parts ideal for picnics, festivals or other outdoor activities.


This design frees the consumer from searching for a bottle opener or glasses and they could be sold at venues that don’t permit glass. The plastic is lightweight, recyclable and a whole lot classier than necking it straight from a bottle!


Although I love the concept I think the packaging could benefit from a bit of a redesign. I think it lacks a little cohesion between the outer and inner design and it seems to neither look classy or appeal to the young festival types so perhaps a little more consideration of the target audience could be needed. All that said I don’t think it’d take much to turn this into a worldwide hit.

Found Via The Dieline

Say Cheese! Introducing the Air Clicker, the Invisible(ish) Camera

This is pretty much the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen! The Air Clicker is currently a concept design from Yeon Su Kim for what is basically, an invisible camera. When the silicon rings are worn and the forefinger is bent a photo is taken and sent using bluetooth to your smartphone – if more than one finger is bent a video is created! I’ve got absolutely no idea how this all works but it’s a pretty incredible thing: 

When the files are on your smartphone you can send / edit / export them as you would with normal photos. All it needs now is a few instagram-esque vintage effect options and it’s sure to be a success!

Found Via Hello You Creatives

Boxerchips – the new way to package crisps?

Today’s post comes from my lovely cousin Katie who discovered Boxerchips whilst on a recent flight and thought crisps in boxes (that weren’t pringles) were a pretty interesting thing!

After a bit of researching I’ve managed to track them back to being the work of NXL Design who started the project looking at innovative ways to package crisps to improve storage, increase sales, reduce packaging weight and use sustainable materials.

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Bio-Customised Stingray Shoes – Is there something fishy about all of this?

This is a bit of a sidetrack, and perhaps isn’t the most graphic design related post, but It’s one of the most interesting things I’ve come across over the past few months.

Introducing RayFish Footwear, the company that allows you to “design” your own stingray by genetically engineering the DNA which changes the patterns on the stingray. These bio-customised rays are then turned into stingray leather shoes as the video below demonstrates:

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