I was recently treated to a bit of chocolate from one of Brooklyn’s finest chocolate makers (perhaps only chocolate maker?!). The chocolate is yummy, but the packaging is just as pleasure inducing if you’re a graphic designer. They all look different, some with lovely feminine flower patterns, others masculine instructions on ties and knots. The lovely shots from the shop are taken by Eric Ryan Anderson (his portfolio is worth checking out too!).
See more: http://mastbrotherschocolate.com/
So I kinda took the piss about the Valentine’s chocolates, but that was before I saw how deadly serious the Japanese are about the chocolate giving. Every respectful department store had cleared their bottom floor and filled it with high end chocolatiers. Mostly from Europe, even Danish Morten Heiberg was there. If I was a packaging designer I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven, as it was I just spent about an hour of each day in department stores looking at chocolates (luckily my boyfriend is a designer too, and quite patient with me!).
I was especially impressed with Pierre Marcolini and Debailleul, two quite different styles. I was also very impressed when I visitted Pierre Marcolini’s website upon arrival home. A fantastic example of how to present something in a delicious and aesthetic way. Also a great example that webcomposition doesn’t have to be all boxed up.
Visit Pierre Marcolini.
So for all you lovers out there, today is the day. The day where you buy crappy heartshaped chocolates, tacky flowers and shave your legs for that special someone. I’m doing Valentines Japanese style and I have no idea what that is, but I’m about to find out cause I’m comming to from Tokyo.
If I were to get the crappy chocolate though I’d prefer these lovely packaged one from Benign Objects :-) You can get them through Etsy.
Was looking for a bit of luxury to keep my mind off my hellish kitchen remodelling project when I came across Thorntons new range of block chocolates. They are the most perfect little squares in bright colours (picture doesn’t quite do them justice) and any taste that you could possibly desire. Mmmmm two good things at once, yummy chocolate and lovely packaging.
Visit San Fran based Hatch. They have various design competencies but I think they should only do packaging cause they do that AMAZINGLY! I love love LOVE their work for Michael Aurtin Winery, and always use it as an example in my class.
See more: http://www.hatchsf.com/
Today I want to share a visual identity with you. It’s for 100% Chocolate Cafe in Japan and it’s done by Japanese agency Groovisions. They specialize in packagaing and have done lots and lots of cover work for artists like Pizzicato Five.
The first time I saw these chocolates I thought they were travelsoaps, which might not be the best of associations. But when you see the entire identity it is really cool and they can get away with it. 100% Chocolate Cafe is definitely a place I would want to visit, both for the design and the yummy chocolate.
See more of Groovisions work here.
Visit 100% Chocolate Cafe here.