I've seen this line of novelty bath products before and I have always admired its uniqueness and irony. I've always wondered where it came from, turns out, it is by a company called Blue Q. They also make other novelty lines such as Miso Pretty, Queen, Total Bitch, and Mental Case. Check out more photos of this clever line after the jump!
I embarrassed myself at the Gift Fair booth of Blue Q, the Massachusetts-based company, founded in 1988 by brothers, Seth and Mitch Nash. The dieline has already featured at least four different product lines from this company: Miso Pretty, Total Bitch, Wash Away Your Sins, and Mental Case. I, however, totally blanked out on the fact that each of these very different-looking products are from the same company. Mitch patiently explained to me how their company uses different designers (in-house and otherwise) for different projects. A little research turned up a 2005 interview of Mitch by Steven Heller about Blue Q’s working relationships with various designers (and other topics).
Haley Johnson is the designer, illustrator and copywriter who is behind Blue Q’s “Boss Lady” brand. Boss Lady has a hilarious, western dominatrix thing going on—(reminds me a little of Barbara Stanwyck in The Big Valley)—and really illustrates the importance of strong copy writing. In addition to the illustration and graphic design, Haley wrote all the tough-gal, romance copy including such nuggets as “Send Dry Lips Packing,” “Dig in you heels,” "crack the whip” and “Drive a hard bargain”. Read what she has to say about the project after the jump...
(more to read a lots more pictures of Boss Lady packaging)