Packaging, identity & graphic design for premium food, drink and retail goods.

New Original Bottle Design for Spirits: The Woodsman

I’m excited to share a new, original 750ml bottle design, now available as a stock item from Crafters Glass. This is my brand new, original design, not yet in use by anyone in the world. Available only through Crafters. The design inspiration came from what I don’t see currently offered by other glass manufacturers. When I browse the available designs being offered by most glass companies, I don’t see much that would really resonate with the American market. There are some, but in this expanding market, the designs that resonate... Read The Rest →

Case Study: Caffe Lusso Brand Development

View more Caffe Lusso Portfolio Images here. Philip Meech of Caffe Lusso coffee roasters is a true artist. And a scientist. I first met Phil about nine years ago when I worked at a small design agency in Redmond, WA. We were developing a private label coffee brand at the time and Caffe Lusso was to provide the roasted goods. As a means of infusing our creative team with the background knowledge necessary to facilitate an informed brand development, Phil came to our office and gave us an informal –... Read The Rest →

Caffé Lusso Brand Launch

I’m super stoked to release a new brand and packaging into the wild! Redmond’s Caffe Lusso Coffee Roasters has truly been on my mind since I met them about 10 years ago and was so impressed with their expertise, friendly nature and wonderful product. Last year I reached out to see if they were still making the best coffee on earth (they are) and it just happened to be time for a re-brand. The timing was perfect and we were all happy to reconnect. For now, you’re looking at a... Read The Rest →

Skip Rock Distillers, Snohomish, WA

I’ve had my eye on Snohomish’s Skip Rock Distillers for some months now. After continuing to get to know owner/distiller Ryan Hembree (and the goods he makes), I’m a full-on fan. And a little local pride doesn’t hurt – I was born and raised just 11 miles from the distillery itself. This morning I had the pleasure of talking shop with Ryan, as we sampled some of his new products in development – and a few proven staples. I didn’t take me long to fall in love with his Nocino,... Read The Rest →

Inside my Outbox: What’s Your Process?

Here’s another one of those emails that I find myself sending fairly often: A response to the question “What’s your process like?” So I’m thinking this is worth sharing with a wider audience. It’s just a quick “sketch” of how things might work. Of course, each new project brings refreshing and interesting new challenges, requirements and opportunities. So we might deviate from the plan. But this is pretty typical. Here’s the letter, copied and pasted directly out of my outbox from an e-mail to a real person, in this case,... Read The Rest →

A Custom Glass Bottle for Woodinville Whiskey Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

After a ridiculously successful first quarter, Woodinville Whiskey’s Amazing Barrel-aged maple syrup has received a nice little upgrade in the form of a custom-designed glass bottle. The new details add a bit of tactile interest and a touch of old-timey appeal to the whole package – inspired by turn-of-the-century medicinal bitters and tonic bottles. View another custom glass design by David Cole Creative here or another one here. Check out the original portfolio entry (with more pics/info) for Woodinville’s Maple Syrup here. Go to the official Woodinville Whiskey Barrel-Aged Maple... Read The Rest →

Premium Label Printing Details: High Build Varnish

I find myself doing a lot of email writing. Answering questions about the design or brand process. Breaking down the costs and benefits of various print of production techniques. Or sharing some experience in the procurement of custom glass molds, corks, printing, etc. I find myself repeating a lot of the same information, so I thought I’d start publishing some of these outgoing emails for the benefit of the world at large, Like St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians… this will be the gospel according to Dave. Names may have... Read The Rest →

A shot of Packaging Advice for Distillers

Next week is the ADI’s annual distiller’s conference in Seattle and I’m honored to be able to attend and share some packaging advice with the other attendees. Since these events often leave listeners wanting an easy way to encapsulate the main points of the talk, I went ahead and make a tiny little booklet for exactly that purpose. It’s just 8 pages, with a few photos and a few humble pieces of advice for distillers as they engage with designers and printers. Come see us at the conference and get... Read The Rest →

Tequila for Whiskey Drinkers: The Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Let me tell you two reasons why you’re not living up to your full potential: 1. You don’t have Jamie Boudreau’s Pacific Northwest’s Gentleman’s Companion (get it on Amazon or at the bar). 2. You don’t drink enough tequila. After spotting the Oaxaca Old Fashioned in the above mentioned book, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. So I ordered one some weeks later. Then I ordered another. What a fantastic drink. This is the sort of thing you’re missing if you don’t have this book. After letting... Read The Rest →

Business & Pleasure: Snohomish on the Rocks Distillers Festival

Snohomish on the Rocks Distiller’s Festival was a good time. The festivities took place in a large barn-like event space – perfect for this sort of thing, with a casual-but-nice ambiance, sunshine and food trucks outside. It’s always a pleasure to meet the real people behind these products. Most of them were very friendly, informative and happy to share their knowledge. I’m not a food/drink writer, so I’ll spare you too much of my personal opinions regarding the variety of spirits I had the pleasure of sampling – except to... Read The Rest →

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