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.
Every year, the brand Gliss Kur is challenging baries with a design evolution of its Summer Repair shampoo.
We are very happy, that our creativity has been requested again by Gliss Kur for the brand’s yearly Summer Repair Limited Edition. The product aims at targeting millennials – a generation that craves to live the moment and be early adaptors of new products and experiences. Known as the “me generation” they feel more special using a limited edition. Therefore, the design should convey the shampoo’s specific properties such that it protects your hair before and after sun and beach exposure. The only requirement briefed was that the orange bottle remains just like in previous years only with a black instead of a silver cap.
Spending a day by the sea, having sandy feet and salty hair. This is exactly the summer mood, which the design has to bring across. Therefore, we just imagined the feeling of a perfect summer moment: watching a beautiful sunset on palm fringed beaches. In order to keep a soft and calm appearance, we kept the orange color code of the bottle and highlighted the modern high palm trees as well as a few birds next to them in a darker orange. Further down, you can see the sandy beach stretching in front of the yellowish sea, which is illuminated by the sunset.
As the name of the limited edition presents such a unique selling proposition, we have highlighted it with a white stroke. In contrast to that white, we used a turquoise font on top of it for the variant’s name. Our aim was to distinguish the words “summer” and “repair” from one another to perfectly combine two benefits of the shampoo. The “summer” in a handwritten font communicates an image different from Gliss Kur baseline shampoos translating into light ocean waves. The word “repair” on the other hand remains in a clear font allowing potential customers to recall Gliss Kur’s identity of strong protection and a technology-based brand. Lastly, additional emotional claims like “Enjoy the summer” and “Limited Edition” have been added in order to provide a personal touch, that is highly valued by the target group.
Overall, the design strongly communicates the benefit of the shampoo of repairing summer stressed hair.
Here’s an overview of the Gliss Kur Summer Repair designhistory. All of these have been created by baries and we’re looking forward to inspiring summer moments for next year!
Look good, feel better! …is the motto of the DKMS patient program and also for the limited charity edition from Gliss Kur. Schwarzkopf takes responsibility and donates 20 Cent per pack to DKMS life. An association that takes care of the needs of women and girls with cancer – including beauty needs!
We are proud that we had the chance to support this social value project with our creativity and a pretty strong packaging design.
Special value projects require special packaging designs. This was our motto when we created the design for the Gliss Kur DKMS limited charity edition. Still, the products need to stay recognizable for the former user.
Gliss Kur chose three of their range treatments for the limited charity edition. Hence, the colors stay bold and the same according to the treatment type. Additionally, the logo positioning remains unchanged.
Most importantly, we use the front sticker and top lid to integrate the DKMS logo and highlight the collaboration. Especially, the top lid offers us enough extra space for the explanation of the charity edition. The pink loop ribbon that we integrated is well-known in the context of DKMS, cancer and women empowerment and leads to an instant recognition of the topic.
Like the loop ribbon, we loosened up the brands design ties on the packaging front.
Further, the front design catches attention with a naturally-technological visualization of the ingredients. Unlike the usual Gliss Kur designs, the ingredient is unboxed and enriched with natural elements. Both actions empower the brands special edition designs with a new emotionality.
However, a white, semi-transparent box is now used as background for the typo. It ensures clear space for the claims and proper readability. In particular, the limited editions include emotional statements that describe the values of the different treatments for the hair. Again, inspired by the loop ribbon, we combined a new curvy and bold typography for the exceptionally emotional claims and the exceptional project.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur team asked us to develop a label design for their new Gliss Kur subline Nutri-Balance Repair.
The task was to develop a label design for the new Gliss Kur sub line Nutri-Balance Repair, which supports the healthy balance of scalp microbiome and laying the foundation for silken smooth hair. These benefits should be transported to the user through the design. Color code and label design need to have a balance of natural appeal and technological performance.
The current Gliss Kur baseline range shows the performance of the product closed in a box. But new technologies require a new appearance.
The difference started already with Bio-Tech Restore. Product name and main formula components are communicated above the box.
On the other hand, performance and hair type recommendation are located in the lower part. As a result, this clear straightforward structure ensures that the consumer is informed about the differences at first glance. But it leaves little room for emotionality and naturalness. Most importantly, the visual now shows not only the performance, but also the effective ingredients.
The amorphous, authentic form of the liquid correlates with the representation of the birch leaf. Therefore, it appears as if it had been photographed with an X-ray machine. Most importantly, we were able to combine the natural ingredients and the technology contained in the formula in one image. As a result, we could explain them to the consumer at a glance. The apparent translucency of the visual and the white box make the text stand out. So, it provides clear explanatory information. The soft turquoise shade with a hint of blue generates a pleasantly caring feeling. Consequently, it highlights the silicone- and colorant-free composition.
This label design of Gliss Kur Nutri-Balance Repair follows on seamlessly from that of Gliss Kur Bio-Tech Restore. It is the first new product of the range that combines science with naturalness and whose design also originates from baries design.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Nurti-Balace Repair on the web: click here
Gliss Kur by Schwarzkopf is well-known for longstanding expertise in hair technology. Nevertheless, natural ingredients play a big role in performing formulas. With the new Gliss Kur Bio-Tech Restore Schwarzkopf didn‘t only offer a new formula that combines both. Instead, together we also set a new focus on design. A visual breakthrough of the power of nature in technology!
We have worked with Gliss Kur for over a decade. Following, we were excited about this new natural-technological approach and an innovative design for the new sub line Bio-Tech Restore!
Our focus during the project was the visualization of the natural ingredients.
Starting with the rose water, we developed a new way of showing the traditional flower in a technological context. We visually used the X-Ray machine technology to show the rose blossom in a very detailed and enlightened cross-section. With this ambivalence between represented element and presentation style we mastered the challenge to unite natural ingredient with Gliss Kur’s technology approach. To stress the biological appearance, the flower is embedded in a liquid, which shape is amorphous and organic. Inside, Phyto-Stem Cells are showed with additional small pink liquid bubbles.
Besides, the communication is empowered with a new on top icon, that is claiming “The Power of Nature“. We designed a decent, graphic frame with a chemical form language that leaves open space for the visual.
The color contrast between pink and green catches attention and enhances the natural impact. The specific green color tone distinguishes from classic organic products on the market and refers to the technological aspect. It also gives a more premium appeal.
All in all, the visual is the new main actor on the pack. Unlike previous Gliss Kur packaging designs, which show the technological visuals enclosed in a box. Now, a square is used for the text, whereas the visual is unboxed. The new text background ensures easy and structured readability. However, the light transparency leaves still room for the visual. The ingredients get particularly more space to catch attention with the innovative composition and colorful implementation of naturalness in technology.