Seaworthy Vodka

Seaworthy Vodka

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Designed by Squad Ink | Country: Australia

“We constantly find ourselves dreaming up product ideas that bridge the gap between design and product development. Seaworthy Vodka is one of those ideas that we’re proud has made it off the pages in our scrapbook and into production!

Inspired by the Australian seaside and the glorious Bloody Mary cocktail –Seaworthy’s unique taste profile is navigated by the native Australian botanicals of Saltbush (recalling sea-like flavours), Dorrigo Pepperleaf, Lemon Myrtle and Coriander seed.

Seaworthy explores the relationship between land and sea: Two powerful forces coming together to represent the creation of something intriguing and exciting through the complex profile of earthy spice and salty, sweet sea flavour notes. We captured the energy and drama of land and sea colliding through a striking illustration applied to a full circumference bottle label that draws in consumers from all angles.”

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Stumbro Starka

Stumbro Starka

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Designed by Studija CREATA | Country: Lithuania

“They say that in the old days, Lithuanian men would make Starka on the birth of their first son. An aged vodka in honor of the stork’s delivery. Strong and special. Triple distilled rye vodka, with the leaves of apples and pears. Apples for richness and pears for a long, full life. Buried in an oak barrel, it would wait patiently for the son’s wedding day.

For the revamp of Stumbro Starka, we want to blow the dust off this interesting and rich beverage. Our goal is for Starka to be known as the unique Lithuanian beverage that it is – one that you should be proud of treating guests to or bringing as a gift.

By changing the image of Stumbro Starka, in essence, we created a whole from its parts: from the new, uniquely-shaped, dark glass bottle adorned with raised calligraphy and the rich label which tells the legend of the beverage, to the bottle stopper decorated with an oak leaf wreath.”

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Archie Rose Distilling Co. Tailored

Archie Rose Distilling Co. Tailored

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Designed by Squad Ink | Country: Australia

“Squad Ink has created a world first where everyday spirit lovers have the ability to customise their own single bottle of vodka and gin or cask of whisky all from their phone. They even get their name on the bottle.

“We’d been working with Archie Rose Distilling Co. for almost 2 years leading up to it’s launch in Rosebery, Sydney, so we knew everything there was to know about their incredible operation. During a workshop we floated the idea, ‘What if you could customise your own spirit online?’ Will Edwards (Founder), pretty much said ‘Yep, we can make this happen’. We had been following the craft craze with Sydney-siders getting right behind hands on projects like, cheese making, producing their own honey and even beer. This was just the beginning but it was time to take it online and offer a unique consumer experience, available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

The Tailored Spirits range is a truly bespoke, one of a kind offering, so Squad Ink created packaging worthy of the title. “We were given the green light to go all out, so we produced stunning foiled stamped labels, that feature your customised spirit specifications and even your name on the bottle. We found that people were dying to create spirits for friends so you can now add a lucky mate’s name to the bottle.”

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Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

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Designed by Squad Ink | Country: Australia

“Archie Rose Distilling Co. is the first independent distillery of craft spirits in the City of Sydney since 1853. Archie Rose honours this rich history while offering Sydney-siders the chance to experience genuine grain-to-glass spirit production onsite with an incredible cocktail bar to boot.

Squad Ink was engaged to brand, package and launch this incredible craft distillery and range of spirits, including a Dry Gin, Original Vodka and a White Rye.

We opted for a heavy-weighted base, bullet style bottle that borrows its shape from the copper pot stills from which the gin, vodka and whisky flow. It’s a nod to the classic whisky bottles of the prohibition era in the United States – confident yet completely unpretentious. Of course, the specific bottle we sketched out didn’t exist as a stock bottle so we had a custom mould created. This opportunity allowed us to distribute more glass in specific areas, such as the neck and shoulder, making way for an authentic mottled glass appearance and heavy in-hand assertiveness. We also added a 360 degree recessed label indentation across the so that the full-wrapped belly label could be profiled as a hallmark design feature. We also embossed “Archie Rose Distilling Co.” out of the base of the bottle in the fashion of a craftsman’s mark – subtle and out of plain sight.”

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Jays Distillery

Jays Distillery

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Designed by Christopher Aigar | Country: United Kingdom

“The Jays Distillery situated in the quaint county of Suffolk specialise in spirits created using the best in locally sourced ingredients. The distillery works out of a historic town house which at its original erection was called the ‘The Jays’ due to the pure amount of Jay birds surrounding the hamlet it was situated in, this directly influenced the graphics using the Jay bird as a visual device throughout the packaging.”

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Ariki Spirit

Ariki Spirit

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Designed by Redfire Design | Country: New Zealand

“Yes, the Vodka & Gin space is full of competition and dominated by global spirits conglomerates. So if your considering entering this segment you need to go in with your eyes wide open and have a damn good point of difference to carve your niche and get sales.

Enter Ariki. A new player based in New Zealand with a Pacific twist targeting a global audience. Ambitious – Yes! Inspirational – more so.

We loved the challenge to craft this premium spirit brand inspired from Polynesian origins. It was not your stereotypical brand that showcased sun, sea, sand and palm trees ( although we all love that- right) but one that resonated with sophistication, class, taste and flavour profiles that teased and aroused your taste buds.”

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Legend Distilling

Legend Distilling

Legend Distilling

Designed by Also Known As | Country: Canada

“The client and project overview: Legend Distilling came to us with a fresh idea to open a craft-based distillery in the heart of Naramata wine country in BC. They wanted to offer something different to the wine tour market and believed that the BC distillery industry needed something new and fresh. We worked with them to create a strategy for their initial product releases and a framework for future additions to the Legend family. We also focussed on taking strong product and lifestyle photos and created supporting print and website design to drive sales in the tasting room and distribution channels.

The design and creative solution: The strategy was simple, we can’t design another ‘me too’ product, Legend was sick of seeing the same traditional designs on the shelves – they wanted something that offered the market something new and unexpected. With ‘Stories worth Sharing’ as our central creative concept, AKA developed the overall brand as well as product names and packaging that leveraged local BC legends and worked with a local tattoo artist to create custom illustrations to bring the legends to life on the bottles. We wanted every detail to be considered, from container selection, non-traditional colour selections and print finishings to create something that stands out from the crowd.”

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East Van Vodka

East Van Vodka

East Van Vodka

Designed by Cause+Affect | Country: Canada

“Odd Society Spirits is a small-batch craft distillery in the heart of East Vancouver and Cause+Affect was responsible for its entire brand including naming, logo, brand story and website as well as the distillery and tasting lounge interior design and individual product naming and packaging design along with copywriting.

East Van Vodka is the first spirit distilled by Odd Society, which opened its doors for business on Powell Street at the foot of Commercial Drive in late October 2014.”

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Boris Vodka

Boris Vodka

Boris Vodka

Designed by lg2boutique | Country: Canada

“lg2boutique pulls off a coup for the new Boris Vodka.

Boris once again expanded its family of products with an entry into the world of spirits. The brand new product, a Quebec-made vodka, can be found on SAQ shelves, a first for the Boris brand, whose products had only been available in supermarkets and convenience stores until then.”

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ABSOLUT

ABSOLUT

ABSOLUT

Designed by The Brand Union | Country: Sweden

I know we’re a bit late to the party with this work, but it’s great nonetheless.

“This is one of the most dramatic changes we’ve ever made, and our biggest and most transforma- tive design project ever. Our goal was to give our customers distinctive designs that are unlike anything one has ever seen. Vibrant, captivating bottles that bring energy to any occasion and celebrate the fact that every flavour in the ABSOLUT VODKA range is something extraordinary,” says Anna Kamjou, Global Design Director at ABSOLUT. “The standard

thinking says a fruit-flavoured vodka requires fruit imagery. We wanted to break that convention. We asked our design team to reach into the symbolism and myths tied to the ingredients to find each flavour’s core essence — and then amplify that essence through art.”

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