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This is a great packaging idea for people who live a fast-paced life yet still want to eat healthy, organic food. Three cardboard rolls are stacked and placed inside a larger roller. When the outer design layer is removed, there are three separate compartments containing organic biscuits, yoghurt and jam. Break time!

 

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NAKED

This packaging reflects intimacy and innocence and ‘blushes’ when touched. It reacts to warmth of touch and the bottle shapes resemble our naked bodies.

 

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Calibre is taking a short break over the festive season. We will be closing on the 23rd December 2015 and reopening on the 11th January 2016.

 

07-DEC-new-workWe are so excited to have been a part of this amazing project with Indigo Brands. This is brand new packaging, from design concept through to print finishes, across a variety of pack sizes and product ranges. These gift sets are now available in stores.

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As we come to the end of another year, we wanted to put a smile on your face with some bloopers that we found. (The reason why attention to detail is crucial).

 

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Pantone Marsala was the pick for 2015 and became a big trend in the design world. Now creatives around the world are finding inspiration in everyday items and having fun at the same time, matching food to Pantone colours.

 

PANTONE SMOOTHIES

Because it’s Pantone. Because these are smoothies. Because this is a delicious experiment…

 

An art director in New York who makes a lot of smoothies, noticed that it worked a lot like mixing paint. So she
started a project about making tasty smoothies that matched Pantone colour chips by adding different types
of ingredients to achieve a certain colour. You can even submit your own on the site (pantonesmoothies.com)
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Another art director is having fun associating food with their matching Pantone colour to create beautiful culinary photos.

 

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Pantone-inspired dessert tarts combine interesting food and colours. The tart base is covered in white icing and the pantone colour is formed from various fruits, candies, vegetables and other vibrant foods.

 

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As we get closer to the end of the year, everyone seems to be falling over each other trying to meet deadlines. We not only take on big projects, but also assist with overflow in a variety of areas – including impo and repro, and handling the little nitty gritty technical details you would rather like to avoid.

 

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Fruits and flavours, designs and ideas that really pop! We thought these were fun and to the point.

 

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In this day and age, shelf impact is not all that a brand needs to achieve success. It needs to connect with consumers both off- and online as well as have the courage to push the limits to stand out from the competition. Brands should tap into the fundamentals of great design in imaginative and creative ways.

 

Here are some examples of packaging that have taken bold and creative steps:

 

BLING

Created in Hollywood where image is everything, BLING is a couture water. Wine-inspired, frosted glass bottles are cork-sealed, handcrafted and encrusted with genuine Swarovski crystals. No two are the same.

 

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STOUTNIK RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT

Took a step back and looked at the market of craft beer. Everything on the shelf seemed to be screaming as loud as possible to be noticed – so they took the opposite approach: A black label on a black bottle with a prism foil. The description is set in blind-embossed morse code.

 

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BUTCHER THICK CUT BACON A great example of going bold on packaging with typography. This premium product lacked shelf distinction until the brand team strategically worked to repackage it focusing on what made it special. Using bold and thick typography and clean colours to make it as artisanal as the handcrafted butcher’s cut.

 

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LESS WINES They sought a way to make fine wine accessible to all. Wine lovers personally fill their bottles directly from oak barrels. Each bottle is etched with the LESS logo. The label is die-cut with the logo and has a single droplet of wine. LESS is more.

 

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PERFECT ORGANICS

They created a series of packaging by imitating pages of an encyclopedia to tell the secrets of each kind of tea in detail. The uniqueness is the combination of classical with modern, showing botanical illustrations with infographics.

 

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SABADI CHOCOLATE

Individually wrapped chocolate bars that combine to tell a much larger story. Each flavour is a single chapter filled with illustrations and information on the ingredients. When they are placed side by side, they form a panoramic image of the Sicilian countryside. But that’s not all – see inside for more …

 

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September 2015

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00-sept 01-LOCAL-IS-LEKKER“Local is Lekker” is a common South African phrase meaning things closest to home are often the best. How many of the products below do you recognise? They have been around for years, and yes, they are all proudly South African.

PECK’S ANCHOVETTE
Still popular today, Peck’s Anchovette has been around since 1891.

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CHAPPIES

Chappies was created in South Africa in the late 1940’s and was sold at 2 pieces for 1 cent.

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Not much has changed over the years. Still the same red lion logo and black copy but unmistakably South African.

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Still a popular breakfast cereal today, even though it started out in 1930.

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FRESHPAK ROOIBOS TEA
Freshpak Rooibos Tea is uniquely South African and grows exclusively in the Cedarberg region of the Western Cape. See how the packaging has evolved over time.

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As we are steadily approaching the end of 2015, we took a look at some of this year’s awards winners in various categories:

 

1st place – Wine & Champagne
Veuve Cliquot – the envelope box, Clicquot Clutch and Clicquot Express.

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1st place – Flexible Packaging
Farrah’s Wraps – an example of designers and printers working together to create a clever design.

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1st place – Dairy, Spices, Oils, Sauces and Condiments
Foodscross – this Greek honey distinguished itself from the market with its signed and numbered vases.

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3rd place – Personal Care
Luxe Soap – enveloped in a paper engineered box, consisting of multi-layered, intricate diecuts that create an illusion of depth.

 

 

 

 

 

1st place – Beer, Malt and Tobacco
Karu Beer – the beer underwent a complete rebrand to embrace the heart of the brand – the confident, tough inner strength of the bear.

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1st place – Student packaging concept Trident Gum – an amusing, fun, playful and interactive packaging concept.

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10-CBS-PLEDGECalibre Brand Solutions is now a proud member of the Printing Federation of South Africa (PIFSA).

 

We have signed and undertaken a pledge to abide by the association’s code of ethics and follow the values as prescribed by the association.

 

 

 


 

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No matter how small the action, Mandela Day is about change the world for the better.

This year Calibre decided to make goodie bags for the children at Iris House Childrens Hospice. Their mission statement is: “To provide loving, professional, free community based care for special needs children with life threatening illness or life limiting conditions.”We love what they are doing. Here are a few pics of our staff making goodie bags and delivering to them.

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Please feel free to share or like what you did, on our facebook page.

 


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As with everything in business, rebranding your product is a delicate process. Branding is the image that consumers automatically associate with your company. The human eye takes in product packaging in the following order:
Colour ● Shape ● Images and photography ● Words.

 

With this in mind, we had a look at some bold branding redesigns:

 

 

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Did you know that Calibre Brand Solutions opened its doors in 1990? Originally known as The Exquisite Art Company, the name was changed and the company rebranded to Calibre Brand Solutions in 2008, so as to better represent our core business.

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18 JULY 2015 – What will you be doing? Share your Mandela Day pics with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see how you spent your 67 minutes.

 

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June-2015

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From foils to glitter and holographic film, below are some packaging designs that show how different effects can be used to give an exquisite finish to a product.

 

Deboss to create a tactile impression

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Black on black – gloss spot varnish on matt black

 

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Gold and silver foiling with embossing

 

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Holographic film

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Screen printing on glass

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We understand different types of substrates – whether it be paper, plastic or glass – and their capabilities and limitations. So we ensure that our designs and artwork work within these parameters and this includes a variety of special print finishes.

 

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This month we have had a look at some quirky and fun packaging ideas centred around products for pets.

 

Dog’s Dinner

Capturing the theme from a dog’s perspective – packaging designed in the shape of a slipper for dinner and a newspaper for breakfast.

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Whitebites

Instead of using plastic bags which are harmful to the environment and cannot be recycled, Whitebites is packaged in recyclable paper – combining humour, aesthetics and a consciousness for the environment.

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Poop Bags

Playful and discreet, these cleverly designed boxes fit in your pocket and the bags are biodegradable.

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Yumeow Cat Snacks

Not only is the container made of paper, it is stackable and can keep leftover snacks fresh.

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Rest In Pets

No more unceremonious flushing of goldfish down toilets or cats being buried in old shoe boxes. These caskets are made of biodegradable cardboard.

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Every time we go into a shop, we are surrounded by packaging. We found examples where the illustration was able to promote distinctive, unforgettable and beautiful packaging.

 

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We have one of the most sophisticated colour proofing systems. Our colour management workflows are set up according to ISO-120647-7 Contract Proof Creation Standard. We are able to produce hardcopy digital proof prints that are both colour accurate and can be used to match colour on the press; including Pantone® Colours.

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Optical illusions are fascinating! They also teach us about our visual perception, and its limitations. There are a vast variety of optical illusions, but they all work around the same basic premise: tricking the brain. By being intriguing yet entertaining, optical illusions are sure to stick in the minds of those who see them. They can be the perfect addition to any company branding.

 

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This month we have a look at some unusual shapes in bottle designs. Whether it be for a limited edition, special occasion or to relaunch a product, companies have had some innovative ways of bringing their message across in their product.

 

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An interesting design for a bottle of Samurai Vodka was posted by Arthur Schreiber to showcase his bottle design. This product does not actually exist, but it would be great if it did!

 

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These packaging designs are inspired by Mother Nature. A spiraling pristine white conch shell, a stalk of lush green bamboo and a stack of smooth ebony river rocks were chosen to make three different fragrance bottles. The basis for the concept is the synthesis of natural form and shape of the bottle.

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We understand different types of substrates, whether it be paper, plastic or glass. We work within the capabilities and limitations to ensure that our artwork looks as good as it did at design stage, on the finished product on shelf.

 

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Colour plays quite a significant role in purchases and branding. Research has found that up to 90% of quick decision-making has been made about products based on colour alone and that the relationship between brands and colour, is governed by the perceived appropriateness, in other words, does the colour “fit” it’s product? This perception greatly influences how consumers view and purchase a specific brand. For example, who would want to buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle if they didn’t get the feeling that a Harley were rugged and cool?

 

When it comes to picking the “right” colour, predicting consumer reaction to colour appropriateness in relation to the product is far more important than the individual colour itself. So, if Harley owners buy the product in order to feel rugged, you could assume that a pink glitter edition would not sell well.

 

Additional studies showed that our brains prefer recognisable brands, which makes colour vitally important when creating a brand identity, which is why new brands should target logo colours that are different from existing competitors and not similar. There is a real connection between the use of colour and the customers’ perceptions of a brand’s personality.

 

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