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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In consequence of the new brand identity, the logo got a modern facelift.
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.
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.
The brand Diadem from Schwarzkopf stands for inner ease and offers hair coloration as caring as silk. In a fast changing category landsape it was neccessary to update the brand and make it stand out in order to increase shelf impact. Our team was very excited to modernize this traditional brand’s packaging design and we are proud of the result: A modern design for modern silver ladies.
The new packaging design of Schwarzkopf Diadem
The task was to make the brand become the No1 brand for the Ms. Silver target group. After some competitors relaunched successfully their designs, also Schwarzkopf Diadem needed to be modernized.
The following points should be considered:
After the relaunches in 2015 and 2017, which were also done by us, we were glad to develop the next relaunch too. Together with the team from Schwarzkopf Diadem we strengthened again the brand position in the market.
After the big changes in 2017, where the brand logo moved to the lower part on the packaging design, it was now time to change the basic color appearance. Diadem stands for “Hair Color as caring as silk“, so the corporate design color should transfer this trademark. Therefore, the complementary contrast of the previous design had to give way. The general appearance was opened to give more freedom to the individual elements. This way they can communicate much better both with their individual message and in interaction.
Further, we set the focus on the shade number directly on the model’s hair. Now, the consumer can find her specific color easily on shelf. To complete the overall renewal, we created a surround design, that fits the front design perfectly.
Schwarzkopf has launched the new international coloration brand Gliss Color in 2020 with a baries branding and packaging design! After being responsible for Gliss Kur hair care for more than 10 years, we were beyond excited to accept the new challenge and design the brand’s very first caring hair coloration!
Inspired by the Gliss Kur hair care expertise, we have used this brand benefit to create the packaging design for the new Gliss coloration technologies! The strong Gliss hair care brand design already stands for the well-known expertise in hair repair. Therefore, the adaption to the new hair coloration leads to a high brand recognition – combining technology and care.
Following, it was crucial to create visual parallels in the Gliss Color packaging design. In the same time, it was very important to create a new, unique design within the Schwarzkopf portfolio and coloration market in order to distinct Gliss Color from existing brands.
The technology of Gliss coloration includes Hyaluronic acid – a key ingredient, which is well known in the skin care market. Hyaluronic acid is such a popular ingredient because of its water storage capacities for skin as well as hair care and now even for caring colorations.
The fundamental visual approach is to show this strong technological innovation with an overall caring appearance. Meaning, the visual communication highlights the maximum care properties of the product whilst leading to reliable hair coloration result.
To achieve this, the color code is our most powerful tool. Soft beige tones were used, creating a hint to skin care products and caring assets. Further, the metallic refinement of the beige tone is an elegant rose gold color tone. Thereby a softly performing and eye-catching appearance is ensured.
In contrast, the intense turquoise key visual adds modernity, freshness and gives a scientific touch. Based on the new Gliss Kur technology icons, we showed the popular ingredient in a modern liquid texture close up. Moreover, the turquoise color evokes the previously mentioned trust in strong care.
The minimalistic layout brings the assets together in a professional, modern frame. Through overlaying boxes the information is clearly structured for an easy caption and direct message. Thus, the brand‘s confident standing is strongly supported by black contrast color. Light transparency ensures the brand‘s elegance.
Additionally, the typography communicates clear structure and on point information. The font is technologically and professionally decent but strong by light modernity. No additional fanciness
needed. Less is more!
We designed the Gliss Color logo on base of the proven Gliss Kur brand logo. The same expertise and trustful character is kept.
The international roll-out includes additional brand naming with logos that stand for themselves according to the matching brand images in the different countries. Likewise, the color codes are adapted.
A model is the most prominent part of the packaging design. In a powerful but elegant close up with dynamically detailed hair it catches the customers‘ attention. Modern brand identity is complemented by the new attitude. Through a strong but elegant expression, the Gliss Color brand gets personality and is convincing with excellent hair quality.