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Power of fonts harnessed by IWP

From a quick refresh to a hard-working, fully loaded digital campaign. We’ve got the moves… and the fonts…  

Photography Shoot for Gin and Cocktails all made with Hunters Gin

 

We recently did a shoot for our delightful client (of course ALL clients are delightful – no?), Hunter’s Cheshire gin.

Six delicious cocktails showing off the qualities of the gin. Among other botanicals, Hunter’s contains Cheshire apples from historic Norton Priory garden’s own orchard, giving this premium export strength gin a spicy fruity edge.

Careful who you mix with…

Created by Hunter’s talented mixologist Louis, they were designed to deliver the unique taste of their gin. It’s a single batch distillation from a 300 year old recipe.

We shot six – Truly Hunters, Mr Hunter and Mr FitzPatrick, Hunters Cheshire Champagne, Tom Collins, Hunters Apple Bramble and a Hunters Gin Martini.

And no, the Art Director didn’t get to drink them (that’s what HE said)…

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We love to design for our beer clients – they allow us free reign to do what we do best. Like creative label design for The Mobberley Brewhouse.

A type for every face

Fonts are so important in branding – and the brief from the client was for strong colours. So we put our best faces forward and went for it.Standout beers deserve standout label design and creative branding

 

The four here are the latest in an ever-increasing range of critically acclaimed beers from this small but perfectly formed independent Cheshire brewery… We say small, but watch this space for news of their exciting expansion plans.

Brand design unchained

Getting creative means loosening up after the strict constraints of some of our other food labelling clients. Mobberley likes us best when we throw out the rule book and play with the can designs, colours and especially the fonts. Mixing typefaces, upper and lower cases, bouncing letters off the baseline – nothing is off the menu as long as it has standout.

The competition on the shelf today is dizzying. With more and more products shouting “Look at me”. Which is why we went for a clean, uncluttered look, with solid colour blocks and a single beer name to draw the eye.

Creative label design

Those clever people at The Mobberley Brewhouse love getting in on the act too. Anyone can have a good idea, and we’re not precious when the client comes up with one. We’re lucky to have creative talent on the client side – and all the beer names here come from them. It’s then over to us to crank up the type machine and get jiggy with the label design.

Brand design is always challenging and at IWP we love a challenge. But being allowed a free hand with the creative (plus getting to sample the product on occasion) makes for a happy client/agency relationship – with excellent sell-through to prove the point.

This same attention to detail is available to anyone looking to create a brand, refresh or advertise an existing product or service. After all, standout products deserve standout design… Check us out on http://www.iwp.co.uk/work/drinks/mobberley-brewhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have somewhere in the region of 1500 office furniture items and we need a brochure…”

And no, the phone didn’t go dead. Instead we rolled up our sleeves, stocked up on Lavazza and set to work. Many (many) hours – and several billion clicks of the mouse later, we had a rather attractive perfect bound 140 page brochure the client was delighted about.

“This has really raised our game” said Centric Director, Phil Sloan. “IWP made the whole project straightforward – I was able to leave it to them and get on with my work”.

We pride ourselves on attention to detail – and with every item having price, dimension and colour information, balancing important detail and especially user convenience was the order of the day (and yes – a liberal helping of style).

Have need of an attractively designed, carefully produced brochure of any size? Call IWP. We’ll get the coffee.

Redesign the Hunters Gin label for the craft gin market, Hunters Cheshire Gin is a high quality, export strength London Dry Gin full of character – with it’s heart in Cheshire. Subtle citrus overtones with a spicy fruit edge using Cheshire apples from historic Norton Priory Garden’s orchard. A single batch distillation from a 300 year old recipe, including aromatic Balkan juniper berries and coriander, Iberian lemon & sweet orange peel, Florentine orris root, French angelica and Madagascan cinnamon bark. A unique and sublime fusion of quality botanicals and export strength alcohol.

When IWP were asked to redesign the Hunters Gin label, we took a long hard look at the craft gin market and decided that there was a lot of power in keeping the Cheshire Gin story, the provenance of the Norton Priory Gardens’ apples marking a compelling point of difference.

Extensive sampling was of course part of the process..Redesign the Hunters Gin label for the craft gin market

A very interesting new product designed for cyclists, with compelling sales points – the Racing Greens philosophy is simple.

Formulated to give the body the tools it needs to thrive, thanks to the performance-enhancing properties of its carefully selected ingredients, the Racing Greens alkalising pH balancing drink delivers more oxygen to the cells, which increases energy, stamina and performance.

Racing Greens also helps after exercising, thanks to its detoxifying properties, which make sure that lactic acid is flushed away, reducing recovery time.

With a blend of over 48 natural ingredients , this is a powerful formula, packed with vital antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. In fact, Racing Greens provides six servings of the five a day recommended by the World Health Organisation.

IWP were asked to consider how best to support the launch of the brand – the sales are via a website so we developed new, more exciting packaging, completely upgraded the website and placed ads in the cycling press – add to this a full social media campaign, and sales took a healthy upturn – with immediate effect.New brand design for cycling nutrition from pack to website to ads

 

Whaley Bridge Brewery Rebrand new logo new beer labelsDerbyshire Brewery’s new brand looks as good as it tastes

Whaley Bridge Brewery based in Derbyshire’s beautiful High Peak recently asked us to redevelop the Whaley Bridge brand across their amazing range of small-batch beers.

We believe that to succeed in an ever more saturated market place, small, independent brewers must focus first and foremost on developing trade on their doorstep. With this in mind, we developed a clean, simple and contemporary graphic style for Whaley Bridge Brewery that is designed to resonate with the local drinker who is looking for something a little bit different. The four core beers are named after real locations that have an associated back story:

CROW HILL Overlooking Whaley’s long-ceased Gunpowder Mill. The substantial ruins lie in a watery grave beneath Fernilee reservoir – in times of drought they can still be glimpsed

STONEHEADS The beer act of 1830 was intended to reduce the consumption of gin by encouraging the sale of beer. In the hamlet of Stoneheads above Whaley there was a ‘Public House’ that allowed the selling of beer on payment of a two guinea license fee

HOCKERLEY HOLE Where in 1850 Hockerley Colliery was being worked from a field, near Whaley Bridge station

MOUNT FAMINE The Kinder Scout mass trespass of 1932 was an act of desperate frustration at the lack of progress towards access, including paths across nearby Mount Famine

We are very proud of the new brand we have developed for Whaley Bridge Brewery – the first step in the next phase of growth for their business. Whaley Bridge Head brewer Mike Wilde said ‘We are delighted with the new image, now the beer looks as good as it tastes’.

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Craft beer trends for 2016: Our predictions

 

The last few years has seen beer lovers rejoicing at the surge in the production of craft beer in the UK and the seemingly unstoppable rise of the independent brewer – and if we look at what’s happening in the US beer market as a guide to what might happen in this country, there’s the potential for further growth. The global giants haven’t been resting on their laurels though – they were caught off-guard at first by the craft beer revolution, but quietly and stealthily, they’ve started to react. So what does 2016 have in store for the UK craft beer market? Here are some predictions from us…

Lager renaissance

Sales of the typical cheap, bland lagers have been in decline as drinkers turn to craft brews, the majority of which are ales and bitters. That doesn’t mean to say that lager is down and out though – lager sales still heavily outweigh those of ales and dozens of craft lagers have launched recently as brewers seek to redefine the much maligned beer style. We are expecting to see further craft lagers launched in 2016 as brewers look to capitalise on an upturn in popularity.

More acquisitions by the big brewers

Skyrocketing sales of craft beer have resulted in big brand beers flatlining, and it’s obvious that the big brewers weren’t going to stand idly by and watch. First there was SABMiller’s acquisition of Meantime, then AB InBev’s purchase of Camden and in the US, Constellation’s takeover of Ballast Point.

Craft beer enthusiasts have been crying foul and some have rounded on Camden for “selling out” but from our point of view, it’s an entirely understandable business decision, and I wonder how many other craft brewers would stick to their guns if the opportunity came their way?We do have concerns though – if we look at the US market where the global players have bought stakes in a large number of craft brewers, there have been many cases of costs being cut and quality suffering as a result. And, of course, the big brewers will be able to sell their newly acquired craft beers at a price point that independent brewers can’t match, meaning that many craft brewers might find themselves being driven off the shelf.

We expect to see more craft brewers being bought out in 2016 as the other major brewers turn their eyes to the UK market.

More craft offerings from the big and regional brewers

In contrast to the likes of ABInBev, Diageo have responded to the rising tide of craft beer by launching “The Brewer’s Project” – an experimental brewery that has so far come up with 4 very creditable craft style beers.

Adnams have been expanding their crafty feeling “Jack Brand” range of beers over the past couple of years, Shepherd Neame revived the Faversham Steam Brewery identity for their Whitstable Bay range of beers and Fuller’s have their Frontier small batch craft lager, Montana Red ale and Wild River Pacific pale ale.

With their established brands to fall back on, regional brewers are perhaps able to take more of a risk on something that might not work out, so we predict that 2016 will see more of these sorts of exciting and interesting beers launching onto the market as other regional brewers look to break into the craft beer market.

Experimental beers from small, traditional brewers

Following on from the previous point, we’ve recently spoken to a couple of small, local brewers who are working on their own experimental beer departments for 2016. They wouldn’t necessarily identify themselves as craft brewers, but they’ve been watching what’s going on in the craft segment with growing interest. They are planning to produce small-batch brews of something a little bit more adventurous, without jeopardising the production of their traditional beers.

Cans vs bottles

Canned beer has always been seen as the poor relation to bottled beer, but that’s been more to do with the quality of the liquid put in the can more than anything else – bland and insipid lager is going to taste bad whatever container you drink it out of!

US brewers have been leading the way with cans up until now, but we think 2016 is going to see more UK based craft brewers taking the plunge. When you look at the logic, it’s a no-brainer – it’s clear that sunlight degrades the flavour of beer and aluminium cans provide complete protection from UV. Besides, cans are easier to store and transport than bottles and the aluminium in cans can be recycled over and over again. The polymer lining in modern cans also means that the beer is protected from contamination or unwanted flavours.

Modern micro-canning technology makes canning affordable even for small craft beer producers, and there’s even a mobile canning line fitted into the back of a transit van that you can book to come and visit your brewery. From our point of view, cans look great too and provide the designer with a fantastic canvas to work with.

Gluten-free beer

A few years ago, those that suffered from coeliac’s disease and gluten sensitivity had to pretty much give up on the idea of drinking beer given the paucity of gluten-free brews. Now though, there’s a growing range of options such as Celia, Greens gluten free beer and St Peter’s G-free to name but a few, leading the way in showing that gluten-free doesn’t have to mean flavour-free.

In 2016, expect more brewers to produce gluten-free offerings as they realise that there is a whole group of potential customers who aren’t as well catered for as they could be.

And a few we aren’t so sure on

Sharing bottles

Big brand lagers in sharing bottles have been around for years but will we see the trend becoming more commonplace in craft beer this year? The jury seems to be out at the moment – some craft beer retailers we’ve spoken to tell us that they are selling well, whilst others say there’s not much demand. We’ll keep our eye on this one.

Whale testicle beer

We read recently about Toast Ale, a Hackney based brewery making craft beer from surplus bread – a great idea that helps combat food waste and harks back to the oldest surviving beer recipes from 4000 years ago, but it was another recent beer related story that really made us do a double take: Hvalur 2 is a 5.1% ABV beer from Icelandic Stedji microbrewery that’s made from water, special berry hops and two types of malt and the crowning glory of a single whale testicle in each brewing cycle, weighing between seven and eight kilogrammes.

Personally, we prefer our whales alive and swimming in the sea – each to their own and everything but we’ll stick to our whale-free beers thanks.

So that’s our take on craft beer trends for 2016 – it will be interesting to see how things develop and how many of these come to pass. From our point of view though, just as important as the actual beer itself is the brand – the number of breweries and the volume of beer being produced is increasing at a much greater rate than the available shelf space and the number of venues selling it. It’s absolutely crucial for breweries of all sizes, from the smallest microbreweries right up the biggest conglomerates to continually invest in developing brands that set them apart and help them stand out in what promises to be an ever more competitive year.

Craft beer brand design - Good design is good for business

 

In an ever more congested market, it’s essential for craft brewers to develop strong, original brands

Craft beer is one of the fastest growing segments in the UK food and drink industry with over 600 new breweries opening since 2013, driven by budding consumer demand for something more flavoursome and exciting than the usual mass produced offerings from the big breweries. Sparked by the recession, the craft beer revolution has seen the emergence of a new generation of young brewers re-inventing beer as we know it with an incredible variety of weird and wonderful flavours, styles and brands.

Standing out from the crowd

When the craft beer boom first started, there was a perception that being passionate about producing exciting and experimental beers would be enough to drive demand, and visual identity was treated as something of an afterthought. In the early days, this wasn’t an issue, given that the only people buying craft beer were the true beer geeks. Now the craft beer drinking demographic is much broader and more varied than ever before.

Alongside this, there’s also a growing threat from the major brewers: many of them are waking up to opportunities created by the craft beer revolution and are starting to respond by buying up craft brewers such as Meantime and Camden, or by launching their own “craft-style” offerings. With their monopoly on shelf space in the major multiples, there’s limited room for smaller labels.

Producing great beer isn’t enough on its own anymore: it’s absolutely essential for craft brewers to embrace high quality, well thought-out and considered brand and packaging design if they want to survive and thrive in the long-term. The design of your labels can be the difference between a consumer picking your beer off the shelf or not.

Top 4 tips for craft beer design

Your design should tell your story instantly

Creativity and innovation is the driving force behind the boom in craft beer, so it makes sense for that to be reflected by the packaging design. A good design team will be able to get under the skin of the business and become ingrained in the culture of the brewery. They will be able to come up with visual cues, unique to your brand that creatively express the character and personality of the brewery, the authenticity, the provenance and the style of the beer. Good design will get your story across to the customer instantly.

The balance between adventure and security

In the craft beer market, there is a level of tension at the point of purchase between adventure and security; by definition, the craft beer drinker wants to try something new and different – dissatisfaction with insipid mass produced beer was the catalyst that sparked the craft beer revolution – but they also want a level of reassurance regarding the quality of the product.

In our view, this is where some craft beer brands fall down – it doesn’t matter how great your beer tastes – if your packaging looks amateurish, it risks raising concerns about quality, especially with customers who are new to the sector. If your packaging is too safe and traditional, you risk being seen as boring and won’t appeal to drinkers who are after a new experience. Just be aware though, if you go too far the other way with a totally wild and off the wall design you might stand out, but it’s not going to do you much good if people don’t already know your brand or if it’s not clear that it’s a beer.

Good design can help you achieve this balance – bold and original labels will set you apart from your competitors and help you stand out on shelf with the reassurance that the beer tastes as great as the label looks.

Think about how it looks from afar 

Visual identity needs to communicate from a distance – if your beer is in a bar, chances are that it’s going to be in a fridge behind the bar, and the customer is going to be viewing it from 6 feet away. Your design needs to be eye catching and inviting enough to stand out but clean enough that viewed from a distance, the key information on the label can still be seen. There’s been a move recently away from overly busy beer labels towards those that are cleaner, simpler and easier to read.

In an ever more congested market, it’s essential for craft brewers to develop strong, original brands

More beer is now drunk at home than pubs and bars, so good design is about more than just pump clips and bottles. With the growing popularity of sharing bottles, growlers, and a move to canned beers, your visual identity needs to work across different packaging options. Of course, this is something a good designer will have in mind right from the start.

Conclusion

Obviously the quality of a beer is vital for it to succeed – if it doesn’t taste right, no one is going to want to drink it, but a great beer in poor packaging isn’t going to do very well either. Great design for craft beer brands is essential for their success in an ever more crowded market place – a good design team will take all that is unique about your beer brand and translate this into a distinctive, bold and original visual identity that tells your story and stands you apart from your competitors.

For help with your beer branding challenges contact Steve Whitehouse.