For some folks, there’s nothing worse than stressing over what to buy someone for Christmas present, but that anxiety is compounded when they have to find the perfect gift for, say, 100 of their most-valued clients.
Well, if there’s one age-old adage we’ve learned over the years, it’s this — when in doubt, buy booze.
And that’s precisely what branding and design studio Buddy Creative have done going on 9 years now, but this year’s bottle of mulled wine is something truly festive as the wine label can also be used as a decorative stamp. We spoke with Creative Partner David Jones about their annual holiday gift of mulled wine — that spiced, heady brew the Scandinavians call Glögi.
Walk us through the design process that you went through for this project.
David Jones: Our approach to the ‘mulled wine’ project is always to produce something different to our previous year’s designs, whilst still conveying a seasonal message to clients and friends. It’s always a challenge to create something different each year, and we work on a number of concepts that explore a variety of ideas and executions, always looking for an idea that gets everyone in the studio excited.
With this year’s design, once we were happy with the concept, the real challenge was deciding the best way to achieve the desired results. We worked with FabLab Devon to trial the laser engraving process. Once we were happy with the result and knew that what we wanted was achievable, we contacted Kate Forrester, an illustrator, who was briefed to create the mulled wine inspired repeat pattern.
We added the neck label to include printing instructions, using foil blocking to emphasize the tactile nature of printing. The bottle was then wrapped in printed paper to show how the gift wrap would look once printed.