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Winter Wine Wedding – Invite Inspiration

My last blog was about the colour palette for Sarah’s wedding, which I hadn’t known had given her a mini bride heart attack when I said the colours would define the rest of the wedding…whoops! Sorry Sarah! But it all worked out, we have a colour palette and now it’s time for something to be drawn in those colours.

We first turned our attention to some invites the Bride and Groom had seen online and were attracted to. It was my job to pull out of them what they actually liked about each invite. “I dunno, it’s just nice” doesn’t cut it for me–Nor would I settle for the word “pretty”.

I love how the text block is offset to one side, the spouses to be loved that it was this was a ski pass themed invite without being too over the top with the theme. They were also attracted to the typography of the date.

These three were selected for their fun cursive typefaces, nothing over the top and illegible, just nice and curvy!

This beautiful wedding set was chosen for the shared love of purple, as well as the use of the wine glass stain.

And finally, if I wasn’t around I think the bride and groom would be totally happy with this wedding set. The illustration style, type set into a defined block and simple colour palette work wonderful together–and it doesn’t hurt it’s a mountain theme as well! Now my challenge is to come up with something that will blow this one out of the water–or off the mountain!

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Yay! More Wine!

Here it comes. The fabulous third installment of very dandy wine labels! I wish I could get paid to do this…

Very clever. From the front this is a very simple design but it works with the over-sized letters and large bar code, but obviously the back is where the party is!

Another simple concept. The labels have nothing of interest separately but the placement is very catching.

Take note, simple is fabulous! These labels are so simple they catch your eye, and again the back is where it get interesting.

These Longview Wine labels were reconstituted labels from the old branding, together the different placement and cropping makes the plain old illustrations very appealing.

Come on, who isn’t an optimist after a bottle of wine? Simple. Simple. Perfect!

We move out of the simple to the simply stunning. It’s hard to even make out that this is a photograph of flood water but I just can’t tear my eyes away from the gorgeous black and white photography.

I wasn’t sure if I liked the feather on the bottle but sometimes it’s the packaging that makes it!

Sometimes it’s the packaging, sometimes it the photography, and sometimes when they’re all together you just want to buy that wine despite the fact that you wont be pouring it the same or that the box will be in the recycling soon. But then again, I guess the bottle will be too.

And how about some really amazing packaging. Again I could care less for the bottle and label design but the packaging is clearly where all the creativity went.

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More Dandy Wine Labels

I think I would have a drinking problem if my local liquor store had all the beautiful wine labels that the dieline.com does! This is just a sampling of some recent labels that have made my mouth water.

The bubbles in this label really get me. Of course the nice chunky numbers going up the bottle pop first, it’s the playful bubbles that keep my attention here.

This wine is locally made so I will be keeping my eye out for it. First of all, the name grabbed me. Who hasn’t wanted to start a couple grape vines in their backyard and turn it into a year-round supply of wine! On closer inspection, the detailed vines and leaves are amazing. I especially like the little can watering the vines and bring the wine to life!

This mulled wine is such a great idea, I wish I could have given them to all my friends for Christmas! The concept was apparently “The more you drunk the merrier the message!” The gradations on the bottle indicating how many glasses of holiday cheer you’ve consumed is a neat gimmick as well.

The Neige ice wine bottles are nice enough, but the packaging is what is really dandy. I appreciate all the detailed “neige” aspects of the entire bottle, cork, label and packing. The name of the wine might be more clever if it wasn’t produced in Quebec where the name is just snow. Wow, big concept there for an ice wine. At least they didn’t call it “glace”.

And finally, this is a very dandy concept for wine. We all give wine as gifts, it’s easy, everyone likes wine and there’s not much thought that has to go into it. Hmmmm, does she like red or white?! But this is wine that takes thought! Or at least it took a lot of creative though for the designers of Toast-Its. These bottles can be ordered online and selected for just the right occasion: house-warming party, get better soon, congrats on the baby/graduation/promotion etc. Definitely check out all the labels on http://toast-its.com . The designs on some of these bottles are definitely worth it, I really like the “bottoms up” label.

This last one I’m not sure what to make of. It’s a good concept, really it is. Go green! And I’m not a wine snob-but I just don’ t think I’ll ever appreciate a wine out of a box. It is a nice looking juice box though. Honestly though, if this wine box was sitting on the shelf next to the exact design on a bottle wouldn’t you pick up the bottle instead? The concept was yellow + blue = green, as in organic wine in recyclable containers. Oops, was I not supposed to be recycling my glass bottles all this time?!

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How to choose the right wine

The way I choose my wine is by the label. I can feel the eyes of the liquor stores’ employees on me as I wonder out loud which label is “prettiest”. I know they’re thinking I’m too young to be drinking and certainly too young to be enjoying wine if the only thing I take into consideration is whether or not the label amuses me. Sometimes I want to turn around and inform everyone that I’m a graphic designer and that I have certain appreciations for packaging that other’s do not have. In my opinion, if a company doesn’t have enough money or pride to enlist in the help of a designer then the wine definitely isn’t going to be worth buying and drinking.

And it’s not only the “pretty pictures” on the labels that I judge by, I’m judging the whole package. The bottle, the name, the way the label looks and feels are all important factors in choosing my wine. The following wines are all wines I found on thedieline.com or wines I have personally bought. And just in case you were wondering, I’ve never bought a wine by the label that I haven’t enjoyed!

Newspaper WineNewspaper wine

ribbon wrapper

The wine below intrigued me because who would buy a wine with garbage cans on the label? I read the creative brief on thedieline.com and found out that in Australia it’s common to refer to batches of wine by the bin number they were made in. In England, bins are garbage cans so an English design firm decided to take advantage of this fact and find bins around England with the house number painted on them to identify their wine. Very clever, very dandy.

Bin wine

This wine wouldn’t stand out to me in the store, and I probably wouldn’t buy it however the “brown” bag that the bottle is protected by mirrors the design on the actual bottle. And it is this bag that earns this particular wine a spot on my dandy blog.

intricate paper bag

This wine just reminded me of Dr. Seus with it’s whymsical characters and the topsy turvey way in which they are arranged on the bottle. Being especially interested in identity work, I’m not sure how happy I would be if it were my logo being covered up by these doodles.

Dr. Sues Wine

This next bottle is tequila, but this is how I would choose tequila. By the bottle! It’s not the label, although the label choice is perfect, small, out of the way and completely bland. You don’t need to over do the design of the label when each bottle is hand blown glass.

hand blown glass bottle

The next wines are some of the ones I have personally bought because of the label.

The name is what drew me to this wine but Joe Blow stands out because it really does look like your next door neighbour who makes wine in his garage took his sharpie out and wrote out this label. Perfect for the look and feel they were going for. I encourage you to go to the website to read the story that goes with the label. www.joeblowwine.com

Joe Blow

This next wine label isn’t especially interesting, but the name is dandy because of the picture that accompanies it. In this case, it’s marketing over design, but it’s still dandy!

Tall Horse

And last but not least, the name and sort of careless nature of this wine is what grabbed me. Feel free to drink this wine and then scribble on your own walls!


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