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Caramela: innovative packaging for a boutique brand

Creating any new confectionery brand is difficult in a crowded marketplace, but creating the packaging design for such a brand is even trickier - particularly if you want to avoid the (literally) chocolate-box approach of traditional products.

Thus when Mexican studio Anagrama was commissioned to produce the brand identity for new boutique chocolate shop Caramela, it took a more lateral approach. Instead of relying on well-worn tropes, Anagrama looked to Caramela’s home city of Monterrey for inspiration. "We gave it a very industrial feeling in honour of Monterrey's great history," explains Miguel Herrera of Anagrama. "This city differentiates historically for having an industrial golden era in steel manufacturing."

Thus the packaging design was based on industrial packaging systems, with adhesive stickers and identification codes aping the kind of shipping boxes familiar all over the world.

Colour choices

"The colours were already part of the brand proposal we developed," Herrara continues. "We used Pantone 806 C as a highlight, in moderation. We wanted the packaging to look like recycled carton. We wanted to inject an industrial and functional feeling.

"When we adapted the colour and applied it to the stickers, there was a perfect match with packages that looked like they just came out from a production facility ready to be shipped - but with an intended, simple cuteness."

Subtly conceptual

The aim, Herrara says, was to create a design that was eye-catching and different, but also subtly conceptual.

"It doesn’t have to shout out loud 'Monterrey!' with 'El Cerro de la Silla' on it - that's a very well known local landmark. It definitely had to be cool, but based on something substantial and relevant."

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