We love seeing design from other markets – looking at the cultural aesthetics and how they inform the way someone chooses to represent something. Here, we’ve got a Russian moonshine called Samovar, designed by Aleksey Poteychuk. There’s something especially exciting about how decorative the Cyrillic alphabet can become, precisely because we can’t understand it. It almost immediately becomes a visual element, rather than text, at least to our eyes.
Either way, this looks like something we’d love to have a bottle of at the Academy. Anyone want to send us one from Russia?
Check out the whole project below!
What a beautiful design! This package design for Blitsem Witblits by Fanakalo Studio is spot on. Between references to old money and print styles through to illustration that is just perfect – this design is top shelf. We’ve chosen that descriptor on purpose too – witblits has always been such an interesting spirit in South Africa – our own version of moonshine. This has made it something to be afraid of (perhaps rightly so!) but also something that was never really considered to be very premium or desirable. Somehow every household seems to have a bottle of witblits somewhere, but it’s always on the bottom shelf, out of sight and out of mind.
This design finally makes witblits something you could display along with your other premium liquor – well done!
More good news! What a great few weeks this is turning out to be for us at the Stellenbosch Academy!
We’ve just heard that four of our students were named as finalists in the Student Gold Pack awards. A huge, “Well Done!” goes out to:
Alanis Engelbrecht: Ensure Yourself Dispenser
Alexandra Hanson: Nutri Build Food Power
Chiquita Williams: Ensure Nutrivigor / Let’s do the Twist
Bianca Pesch: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Book Stand
This award show is presented by the Institute of Packaging South Africa, and the category and overall winners will be announced at the ceremony, which will be held at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town on 26 October.
You can learn more about the Student Gold Pack awards here.
What a beautiful piece of packaging by Lingyun Creative! We love seeing how other cultures and countries can apply traditional craftsmanship, art and illustration to create designs that we otherwise wouldn’t see here in South Africa.
A product like millet wine is such a good example. It’s not something we’ve ever really encountered, and to see how a traditional drink in the East can be reimagined for a modern audience is incredibly exciting.
We just wish we could have a taste!
Is there anything as exciting as high-end packaging? We know our readers are as excited as we are about this sort of thing, so we can say something like that and get away with it! But really, as a design-nerd, it doesn’t get more exciting than packaging that just hits the mark.
This work by Erica Su for KaiMon tea in Taiwan is no exception. From the soft watercolour effects through to the foiling and details – this is just spot on!
To see more of Erica Su’s work, check out her Behance profile here.
This one’s a goody!
KFC, along with Ogilvy Jo’burg, created limited edition laser cut buckets that can be transformed into story-telling devices. Through nifty use of a smart phone, these buckets help bring family time and storytelling back to the fore in a time when we really need them.
To see how they did it, watch the video below.
What a fun design and illustration for this wine from Argentina by Zarate Insa. With a label inspired by a story of how the head winemaker fell into a trance and was driven to create a red blend like no other, this awesome illustration calls on old-school horror movie posters. From the illustration style through to the typography and the layout of the design itself – this is just spot on.
Send us a bottle!