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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


An extraordinary year is coming to an end and everybody has been facing extraordinary challenges. As a team, we are very proud everything has worked out so well. Of course, home office comes together with its ups and downs, but overall, we have managed to always stay in touch, have fun during team meetings and might even be closer than before with mastering these circumstances. Nevertheless, we’re beyond excited to come back to our beautiful office in Düsseldorf and are sure we’ll appreciate our agency life there even more! Next to interesting projects, we took the opportunity to bring some of our own concepts to reality and let out creativity space. This year, we designed two bottles to celebrate the end of the year. One that concludes this partly black year and one that gives a bright outlook.
Regardless of the challenges, 2020 was the year of our Heart’s Desires. Matching special needs arising from the pandemic, the project Heart’s Desires allowed us to spread some positivity and we are looking forward to a new year!


give instead of take: a better way to celebrate!

This is the motto of our Heart’s Desires. Our heart does not only beat for design. In 2020, it was our heart’s desire to have a special focus on the social and environmental impact we have as an agency. Until this year, every baries team member received a personal birthday gift. This year, we decided to donate that money instead to a good purpose. Therefore, everyone could individually select a charity of their choice. Less consumption – more happiness!
These are the organizations our team members selected:

baries design doates to many charity and help organizations

Check our Instagram highlights to see the variety of organizations that have been chosen so far by our team members for their birthday donations!


creative carnival – style meets sustainability!

Helau & Alaaf! Celebrating carnival in the Rhineland is a great tradition and provides the opportunity to dress up in funky costumes. Being located in Düsseldorf it is imperative that we dress up and we very much enjoy visiting our customers in a casual way. Of course, as a creative team we love to come up with a new costume every year and to surprise our clients and friends with a new, creative & trendy carnival-kit every year. However, carnival can bring about a lot of waste and is rather environmental-unfriendly. The costumes mostly consist of disposable items and the sweets and treats are wrapped in plastic. How did we solve this conflict?
This year, we have finally created our first sustainable carnival-kit! All treats we have given our customers have been locally manufactured in Düsseldorf and wrapped in paper to avoid plastics. The motto for our self-made costumes out of upcycled materials: Be Kings and Queens of hearts!

locally sourced gifts

In the course of the year, we are giving a few seasonal gifts to our customers and employees, which were under our motto Heart’s desires as well. As part of the mission, the gifts are regionally sourced and intended for a good cause. As an example: the summer gifts were fruity jams handmade by „Paul kocht“ – an initiative that offers work and acceptance to people with special needs. With natural ingredients and exclusive flavors such as ‚Aperol-Orange‘ or ‚Pear and Lime‘, the spreads didn’t only take care of our client’s summer vibes, but also meaningful work. All this of course packed with a self-illustrated baries design.

christmas love with small and social businesses

Now, going towards the end of the year, it is even more important to share some love with people who are important to you during the Advent time. The countdown towards Christmas has officially started and we are so excited to unpack the wonderful presents from our Adventsome calendar together with every team member day by day. Matching our Heart’s Desires motto, the Advent calendar contains four donations and 20 vegan products from start-ups to support small businesses. Each and every present is packed with love in social workshops – of course, in sustainable and reusable packaging.

Real sustainability on the next level: Henkel Laundry and Home Care is launching its new brand Love Nature, that is committed to sustainable cleanliness and refillable bottles – and baries design builds the holistic brand design.

Brand building for Henkel‘s new sustainable vegan & eco-friendly cleaning brand


For us as designers, it is a matter of course to strive for sustainable packaging – being as environmentally friendly as possible. Therefore, we were beyond excited to take part in the strategic brand building of Love Nature. We were asked to create a holistic concept for the new brand absolutely from scratch. The products should be green by heart, but still target the mass market. Research revealed that performance and fragrance are crucial product properties for consumers, which should not be compromised by sustainability. Accordingly, it was important to come up with a design strategy that combines eco-friendliness with top performance and great fragrances.

Cleanness with love for nature


  • Communicate, that the product performance is not compromised by the natural formulation.
  • Promote the eco-friendly properties by a natural look and feel.
  • Educate consumers on how powerful a sustainable product can be and how to use it.

Our work

How do you turn ecological cleaners and detergents into an easy choice for everyone? Our holistic design approach started from creating bottle shapes, logo, product labels, icons to pack shots and mood boards.  
Firstly, we had to conceptualize how to balance the communication of sustainability and product performance. Consumers still perceive these properties as contradiction and put more emphasis on strong performance as well as fragrance when it comes to laundry and home care. Hence, it has been a crucial design task to convince users: the product can do both!
It has been recommended to use a bright-colored formula in order to transport the products’ high performance and amazing scent. In addition to that, we perfectly chose a label giving the product the needed natural look and feel. The color relates to natural craft paper. Moreover, we decided to give the label a more organic touch by including imperfect fonts and subtle colors.

Love Nature logo and icon designs made by baries

Love Nature logo and icon designs made by baries


Logo & icon development

Of course, the logo clearly reveals the brand identity involving sustainability. The natural green in a light an artistic watercolor style symbolizes the earth and provides a rich contrast to the natural label colors. Additionally, this image is made even more clear in the letter ‘o’ of the word ‘Love’. On top, a butterfly is lifting its wings flying into nature. The emotional element makes you feel good to live consciously and creates a movement. As Henkel’s product manager states:  

“They say a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world may cause a huge effect somewhere else.”

Moreover, the strong color in contrast to the natural paper highlights the sense of importance, that is put towards our planet.  
Another very important aspect whilst considering sustainable packaging design is consumer education. Many people still lack knowledge on the specific eco-friendly properties and seek easy-to-understand information on products. Hence, why we have created a range of icons, which highlight the most important benefits playfully. Next to the standardized CFI cruelty-free and EU Ecolabel, we designed icons to show: The bottles are made of 100% recycled plastic and are again recyclable. Additionally, the ingredients are up to 98,5% from a natural origin. Moreover, the fragrance such as cactus leaves is depicted similarly promoting the important product benefit in an eco-friendly way.

To round things off, there will be refill stations for laundry detergent as well as dishwasher in selected retail stores all over Germany. Thus, Love Natue is the first brand to offer such a sustainable service driving a change in shopping experiences.
We at baries design strive for more ecological & sustainable behavior ourselves. We are especially proud to increase consumer awareness for the topic and to make it easier to literally Love Nature.

Love Nature on the web

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Seasonal limited editions by Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur allow us creative freedom. Therefore, we had a lot of fun creating the limited edition design for Gliss Kur Winter Repair 2020.

Elegant and modern design for winter-stressed hair

The challenge

Contrary to the baseline range, the design should be more disruptive while reflecting the products winterly benefits. Furthermore, we should consider a few other aspects:

  • Keep the logo as it is
  • Use the new relaunch bottle design
  • Create an emotional story around the winter theme
Our work

Like in the years before, we were so excited to create the design for this seasonal range. By breaking up the usual brand structure, the Winter Repair edition differentiates more and more from the baseline. Luckily, this development gives us a lot of leeway to build the design.

Gliss Kur Winter Repair Limited Edition Design History

Gliss Kur Winter Repair 2020 Limited Edition Design

We used the new Gliss Kur bottle designed by baries design as the basis for the design. Thanks to the flowing shape, there is a bigger label and therefore more space for layout. Furthermore, to create a winterly atmosphere, we chose white as basic color. This clean basis also stands for the caring character. The abstract blue watercolor visual suggests an icy surface and transports the winterly coldness. In addition, golden lettering and snowflakes complete the design and create a luxurious look.
Moreover, the strong caring formula is explained by the powerful dark blue tones as well as through the product name lettering. While the word “Repair” states the technological part through a sans serif font, the handwritten word “Winter” communicates the caring aspect.
All these style elements create a look & feel that brings the emotional winterly atmosphere to the bathroom and still conveys the years of expertise that Gliss Kur stands for.
Gliss Kur Winter Repair 2020 Limited Edition Range Mood

Gliss Kur Winter Repair 2020 Limited Edition Range Mood

Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Winter Repairon the web

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In 2019, the new Vademecum bio kids design featuring ‚Happy Companions‘ was added to the Vademecum bio toothpaste portfolio.

The brief
  • Communication of the free-from formula combining scientific expertise with natural extracts
  • Matching color coding to the Vademecum bio baseline
  • Creation of cute child-friendly characters featured in a minimalistic drawing style

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Our work

For the new Vademecum bio kids line we developed the packaging design & illustrated two individual characters to embody the ingredients and taste of the toothpaste. The mint and the strawberry are very cute and illustrated with bright and happy colors. The friendly design and characters will help to make brushing teeth a fun thing to do for children.

In order to highlight that the toothpaste is completely organic, a natural pastel color tone and recycled paper structure were used for the basis of the pack. Furthermore, the „Bio“ -seal was placed in a prominent and freestanding position, to make it clearly visible to the customer.

We used a simple and easily understandable color coding, which harmonizes with the color of the illustration, to differentiate the two sorts and to highlight the user age recommendations.
Vademecum Bio Kids on the web

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Meet the new Gliss Kur!

In 2020 Gliss Kur by Schwarzkopf got a holistic relaunch, so it starts this new decade with a complete modernized look. With this relaunch we are not only celebrating a new brand- and packaging design but also more than 10 years of collaboration between Gliss Kur and baries design.


Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur hero Total Repair range relaunch design

Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Total Repair range relaunch design


A new milestone

Gliss Kur has always been the hair expert among the hair care brands. Nowadays, it is more than that: It is a lifestyle product, that offers solutions to all hair issues. Accordingly, the technological brand perception shifted to a more lifestyle oriented natural and sporty look.
With this relaunch we were able to create the next milestone within the brand design history.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur relaunch design small range overview

Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur relaunch design small range overview


Our work
  • brand strategy
  • packaging design
  • logo design
  • POS design
  • e-commerce content (amazon+)

The power of nature in technology

To transform the strong technological brand impression to a more natural and sporty approach, we finally released the visual out of its box. That means, that we excluded the technological visual from a text box and gave it its own space to stand out.
This transition already started in the last year with the designs for the new Gliss Kur product lines Bio-Tech Restore and Nutri-Balance Repair within the pre-relaunch portfolio. Both sorts already set the focus on a combination of technological performance and the power of nature.  
Schwarzkopf successfully introduced our new design language to the market. So, our pre-relaunch approach was continued for the actual relaunch. The outstanding way of presenting the power of nature in technology to the whole portfolio was a natural consequence. 

The power of design

According to the new brand strategy, the key visuals on the bottles have been shifted outside the text box. They partially show natural ingredients of which the style has been inspired by X-ray machine pictures. Most importantly, all of these natural elements are embedded in amorphous liquids, that give a microbiological impression – perfectly combining nature with technology. In summary, the unboxing and modern organic shapes create a new emotionality and natural touch.


Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Split Hair Miracle range relaunch design 2020

New Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Split Hair Miracle range design 2020


The new Gliss Kur design masters the challenge to unite natural ingredients with technology.

However, Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur stays the expert in hair technology and needs to maintain the strong communication of its benefits. To follow up, the square from the previous design is now used as text background. This allows the recognition of the brand for former customers. Additionally, it does ensure the proper readability and clear structure of the text. 
Thanks to design structure and new bottle shape, Gliss Kur gained a cleaner look and a reduced appearance. Besides, it is also relieving that stickers on the bottle fronts are now history – thanks to Henkel‘s sustainability strategy.


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The new Gliss Kur bottles

The new Gliss Kur bottles for shampoo and conditioner are probably the main driver for the new brand elegance. They are inspired by the bottle shapes of the more elegant Chinese Gliss Kur sister brand “Extra Care“.  

We kept the characteristic shoulders for the new shape. But, the new contour interprets them softer and therefore with more modernity and elegance. The shoulders and the new cap do now merge perfectly together. This innovation creates a single soft outline that fits the new natural influence. Moreover, the flat cap and high shoulders let the bottle appear a little taller than before. The bottle-to-cap ratio is certainly strengthening the bottle and shelf impact. Through this emerging shape with the slimmed waist, a female touch is added and the elegance stressed even further.


Gliss Kur relaunch bottle 3D sketch compilation

Both, the key visual and bottle shape are now characterized by organic shapes, instead of hard edges.

Furthermore, we created an increased consistency with a uniform black cap throughout the whole range. This empowers the brand block appearance on shelf. At second glance, another fine detail get‘s revealed: The Schwarzkopf logo icon is embossed in the cap‘s top and finishes the new elegance.

Gliss Kur relaunch cap top view 3D

Brand logo relaunch

In consequence of the new brand identity, the logo got a modern facelift.

  • Since this relaunch, the text line “Kur“ is written in a new light font to set focus on “Gliss“ and strengthen the brand perception. This thin typography does also add a new elegance.
  • On top, the letters themselves are slightly refined to be more elegant and clear.
  • Additionally, we deleted the line under „Hair Repair“ to gain a more modern simplicity.
Now, the logo is slightly wider. Therefore it keeps the same impact even though we shifted some boldness into lighter elegance. To sum up, these actions make the brand appear more modern, sophisticated and premium.


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+10 years Gliss Kur & baries design brand strategy

Gliss Kur has been one of our first brands and continued the long term collaboration for over ten years. As a result, this brought us to this 2020 design, which is an exceptional step in terms of modernity and brand perception. Once again we are not only celebrating a new milestone in the history of Gliss, but also in that of baries! It is part of what makes us to experts – not only for the design but also brand strategy.

Timeline visualization of Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Total Repair from 2000 to 2020

Timeline visualization of Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Total Repair from 2000 to 2020


New brand communication design

In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that we from baries design not only redesigned the packaging, but also shaped the visual impact of the brand identity. From now on, the communication style of Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur is modern and purely minimalist. Accents will be highlighted with bold bars. While white became the main color of the brand, black changed from a background color to an accent color.

New Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur minimalistic visual identity in communication

New Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur visual identity in communication


Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur on the web

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