OTHER WORK
Client:

Capital City Honey Company

Project:

Brand Identity, Website, Packaging Design

From Hive to Home

UnderStory creates a new brand identity, packaging design, and website for Capital City Honey Company

Design
Development
UI & UX
Brand & Identity
Websites & Apps
Creative Direction

Capital City Honey Company

Urban apiarist and founder Cameron Ulrich came to UnderStory looking for help with a brand identity design for her new company. Capital City Honey Company creates high-end artisanal products using locally sourced honey made in small batches at an apiary in Tallahassee, Florida.  We discussed her brand vision for an identity that leans both luxury and craft, and focused on packaging designs that both fit in and stand out as unique and eye-catching. 

Recognition

2020 Communication Arts Design Annual - Trademarks

To create a buzz for launch, we extended the identity and packaging design for use on social media including great product photography.

We started with a logo mark and packaging design using simple bold colors, paired with a line-driven illustrated seamless pattern unique to the brand. The anchor of the brand identity is a logo mark with type that allows usage for various packaging needs. The mark features a nod to the Tallahassee capitol building fused with a honey bee along with rustic illustrations of various wild flowers commonly pollinated by honey bees.

Creating a Simple Flexible Ecommerce Website

The Capital City Honey Company website not only extends the brand design digitally with familiar design elements (check out the flying bee animation!), it also includes a simplified integration with the client's PayPal account. The content management system (CMS) allows the management of supply links for when products are out of stock or not in harvest. The CMS also allows the management of various other product listings as the business grows its inventory.

Establishing a Cohesive Packaging Design System

After we solidified the logo marks, we moved on to a cohesive packaging design system. The initial products were Raw Honey, Beeswax Candles, and Whipped Honey. We wanted to make sure we established a system for flavors and scents as future products are rolled out. Jar lids include the distinct logo mark consistent on all products. 

More Than Honey

The challenge was mixing food-based packaging with items like candles so that the family of products felt naturally cohesive but also distinct.  The candles allowed for a bit more play with words and design elements to further expand upon the brand story. Establishing a unique owned pattern will allow future uses for branded items like packaging tape or packing tissue paper.