After more than 30 years as a leader in the organic, fair-trade coffee space, Dean’s Beans came to us for a refresh of their retail coffee bags. As our team developed new bag designs, we found ourselves on a journey that wound up solving for a larger assignment — a collaborative reimagining of how Dean’s Beans is able to effectively tell their story, propel their mission, and help empower communities around the world. We recently designed a nitro RTD can for Dean’s Beans looking to expand their product offerings that helped launch them into the cold brew aisle.
We wanted to honor the company’s 30-year history of brand equity with peace, love, and coffee. Aesthetically, we chose colorful, hand-illustrated patterns inspired by Dean – specifically the 60’s spirit of love and unity – to amplify the brand’s reputation as a funky but focused specialty coffee roaster on a mission for progressive change. Using concentric patterns, we focus the consumer’s eye on a hand offering up a coffee cup, as a nod to the partnership required to the coffee beans from seedlings to brew. Leaning into Dean’s Beans’ brand equity, we leveraged illustrative hands as a storytelling device. The heart-shaped gesture evokes a sense of love and connection that resonates with the Dean’s Beans audience on a deeper level.
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