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This Whiskey Has a Method to its Madness

by Natalie Mouradian on 03/23/2017 | 3 Minute Read

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M&E Design created the packaging for Method and Madness, a new range of experimental premium whiskey from The Midleton Distillery. The design is fresh, fun, and funky, all the while retaining a high-end sensibility. 

"The identity for this completely new brand reflects it’s name, and the juxtaposition between the words method and madness served as a very interesting starting point for designers M&E. Inspired by the masters and apprentices working side by side at the new micro distillery, the brand identity strives to convey the sense of excitement when tradition and innovation are combined." 

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"M&E wanted to create a bespoke bottle that celebrates the liquid and the process behind its creation. Although the bottle design takes cues from laboratory glassware found in the micro distillery and the paneling of a whiskey cask, the designers also took inspiration from outside distilling and Ireland, wanting a departure from traditional whiskey branding and design." 

"The octagonal shape of the bottle was designed to refract and bounce light. The side panel embossings were created to produce a kaleidoscope of patterns within the bottle, bringing method and madness together." 

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"The brand identity uses two opposing patterns throughout all the labeling and packaging. The use of straight lines symbolises method and order, while the marbled patterns reference madness and liquid experimentation."

"These paper marbled patterns were custom made by M&E for each release, using a colour palette identifying each type of whiskey. These colour palettes were inspired by details from the micro distillery."

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"It was important to M&E that elements of the identity are modular to allow the brand to expand it’s range without repetition, since the brand will continue to release new expressions forming the next generation of Irish whiskey." 

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Designer: M&E Design Client: Irish Distillers Pernod-Ricard Creative Directors: Matthew Bolger & Emelie Lidström at M&E Design Bottle photography: M&E Design Advertising Agency: Public House Label copy: Jarrod BanadygaLocation: Ireland

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