PaperSpecsGallery.com Presents: Creative Packaging for the Crafty Dan Line (Video)
If there’s one thing the creative community can appreciate about the recent explosion of craft beer, it’s that beer label designers have really upped their game! Using bolder American hops and malts in its original brewing recipes, centuries-old English brewer Thwaites turned to WPA Pinfold to create an appropriate packaging for their Crafty Dan line.
“The 13 Guns design celebrates the formation of the United States of America,” says WPA Pinfold Founder Myles Pinfold by way of example, “with classic illustration and typography — symbolizing the craftsmanship and attention to detail that has gone into the brewing process, whilst the overall look is clean and fresh, which perfectly reflects the beer itself.
“The designs have roots in traditional [scratchboard] illustration style, with a contemporary edge that resonates with the graphic style for craft beers in the U.S. Each design has a clear definition of its beer style, and supporting copy emphasizes the more challenging ingredients and flavors.”
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Opting to process build the non-standard cream background of the Avery labels, careful attention on press was needed to ensure a balanced imprint. The labels were then sealed with a matte varnish. The cherry (or hops) on top? The beautiful raised gloss varnish that accents the labels’ classic illustrations.
Pairing the illustration style with the crafted lettering, this packaging has a clean, contemporary feel to it — one that defines a new future for Thwaites. Cheers!
Sabine Lenz is the founder of PaperSpecs.com, the first online paper database and community specifically designed for paper specifiers.
Growing up in Germany, Sabine started her design career in Frankfurt, before moving to Australia and then the United States. She has worked on design projects ranging from corporate identities to major road shows and product launches. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, her list of clients included Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Deutsche Bank, IBM and KPMG.
Seeing designers struggle worldwide to stay current with new papers and paper trends inspired Sabine to create PaperSpecs, an independent and comprehensive Web-based paper database and weekly e-newsletter. She is also a speaker on paper issues and the paper industry. Some refer to her lovingly as the "paper queen" who combines her passion for this wonderful substrate called paper with a hands-on approach to sharing her knowledge.