Eastern-Appearing Beer Packaging with Surprising Origins
By G+ Author: Chris Warren.
Quebec is the francophone province of Canada. With only 400 years of history, Quebec was the first North American province to be colonized by the Europeans in the sixteenth century. The province is known for its cold climate as well as its rich culture. Today’s Quebec culture is the result of the fusion of many people; due to the abundance of colonization. Primitively, the territory was occupied by the first nations followed by the French, the English, the Irish, and later came the Portuguese, the Chinese, the Italians, the Vietnamese, etc. ..
The mission of the project was to create a visual identity represent Quebec culture. The mix of people from different ethnical backgrounds make it a very rich culture. The branding of Swing microbrewery was inspired by Quebec’s cultural, historical, and natural references.
Typography and Logo
This Quebec vernacular typography was used for the logo of the Swing brewery. The shapes of the letters were inspired by Native American petroglyphs considering many Quebecois identity symbols are borrowed from Native American culture. (The racket sinew, bark canoes, fur, etc. ..)Native American petroglyphs illustrate these concepts and elements of natureas the Amerindian language was primarily oral. We can observe a river (s), spruce (i), etc… within the logo.
1) Limited edition:
This limited edition is produced and used exclusively during the launch party of the Swing brewery. The label is composed of strips of different coloured birch that criss-cross to represent the blend of cultures that make up Quebec’s identity today. The information was printed on a label then attached by a braided twine made up using the traditional colors of Quebec’s arrow belt.
2) Commercial edition:
The goal was to visually communicate a traditional sensation for the image of Quebec. The bottle is dark in order to create a contrast with the lable. The second label, attached to the cap, seals the beer and indicates the type; wether it be is blanche (white), blonde (lagger) or rousse (red). The commercial packaging has been specially designed to highlight the bottle. Additionally, the objective was to minimize the amount of cardboard used in order to promote efforts that are deemed eco-friendly. The packaging information is located on a label, similar to the main one, found on the back of the bottle.
This beer is dynamic enough to appeal to a young crowd due to its reinvented traditional design. The beer is fresh and has a woody aroma thanks to theorganic spruce and brown sugar. Taste will envelop your glass with an invigorating foam that is both creamy and persistent. To the sent, it shines by in a subtle way. Once on the tongue, its flavor and finesse is dominated by the maple sap that composes it. This beer will give you dynamic energy to your gigues endiablés (traditional Quebec dance).
This design is lovely for its uniqueness. The use of wood as the label is innovative, natural, and charming. The criss-crossed bottle is especially nice..a real eye-catcher. The logo or type is neat, fun and clean. Overall as a stand alone piece of artwork I think the bottles below and above are very beautiful, however, as a complete package design I have a few critiques. The dark bottles as well as the silhouettes throw me off as far as beer packaging. Both the color and shape remind me more of wine bottles. Lastly, I think the bottles reflect his own style more than they do Quebec’s culture. If you check out Langlois’ site you will see a variety of projects with a very similar look leading me to believe he was influenced more by his own gifts than Quebec’s.