Another Monday means another chance to catch up on some of the best packaging design projects and articles from last week!
If you live in Ottawa and have been stockpiling canvas bags and ball jars, or you’re just sick and tired of thinking about all of the waste you’re bringing home that comes from food packaging alone, you’re in luck. Nu Grocery, Ottawa’s first zero-waste grocery store, opened its doors in Hintonburg this past weekend.
The supermarket aisle has become a bit more precious than it used to be. The dominance of of e-commerce, digital advertising and social media has lessened the pressure on physical packagings to give the hard sell. As a result, brands have embraced more and more beautiful, uncluttered designs that strive hard to communicate a brand’s highest purpose. This newfound purity of purpose has strong echoes of an earlier, simpler time.
A decade ago carbon offsetting was the in thing. Multinationals queued up to invest in projects that would delay the onset of manmade climate change. Even activities as polluting as Formula 1 racing could be declared carbon neutral if its proprietors were willing to dig deep enough. Signed in 1997, the Kyoto Protocol encouraged sovereign states to get in on the act, with both industrialised and emerging nations ploughing billions into carbon offset schemes.
The renaissance of cocktail culture has driven demand for intriguing and complex spirits. And the strident re-emergence of whiskey has taken the brown-spirits category to new heights. Add growing consumer interest in the local and artisanal to the mix, garnish the lot with a wedge of lemon, and the craft spirits market is one to toast to.
Marijuana isn’t just for smoking anymore—it’s become a hot industry that has now extended into categories like Beauty & Health, Beverages, Spirits & Liquor and more. Medical marijuana sales are projected to grow from $4.7 billion in 2016 to $13.3 billion in 2020, so for the Spring 2017 Packaging Design class at ArtCenter, The Dieline’s Founder Andrew Gibbs and Partner Jessica Deseo wanted their students to take on this booming industry. We spoke with them to learn a little more about what their students designed and what it might mean for the future of cannabis.