Dark Matter Coffee Is Probably From Outer Space

by Andrew Gibbs on 02/21/2020 | 3 Minute Read

Jazz icon Sun Ra was clearly from outer space, and so is the packaging for Dark Matter Coffee with illustrations made Zimmer Design and artist Raul Urias:

"We distilled a new brand direction for the four Coffee Cold flavors that tapped into a multitude of influences, including futurism, the experimental jazz composer Sun Ra and the owner’s Mexican heritage. That led us to commission Mexico City-based artist, Raul Urias, to infuse his unique, visually arresting, psychedelic illustrations for the labels.

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The retro-futuristic labels float easily between states of consciousness (the brand’s motto is “drink coffee, stay high”), while playfully sitting next to their competition in the market. Their unexpected complexity respects the quality and depth of the ultra-caffeinated juice inside the package as much as the legacy and vision of the team of Dark Matter's founders, farmers, baristas, and roasters who make it all happen.

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We recognized a compelling opportunity to differentiate their products from the sweep of monochromatic, coffee-colored labels already on the shelves. We would fill Dark Matter’s labels with lush, vibrant hues and pack them from edge-to-edge with custom illustrations.

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We distilled a new brand direction for the four Coffee Cold flavors that tapped into a multitude of influences, including futurism, the experimental jazz composer Sun Ra, and the owner’s Mexican heritage. That led us to commission Mexico City-based artist, Raul Urias, to infuse his unique, visually arresting, psychedelic illustrations for the labels.

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The retro-futuristic labels float easily between states of consciousness (the brand’s motto is “drink coffee, stay high”), while playfully sitting next to their competition in market. Their unexpected complexity respects the quality and depth of the ultra-caffeinated juice inside the package as much as the legacy and vision of the team of Dark Matter founders, farmers, baristas, and roasters who make it all happen."

STA Society of Typographic Arts, Winner 2019.

Design Annual 60, Communication Arts, September/October 2019.

Dark Matter Coffee, TheDieline.com, June 10, 2019.

Dark Matter Coffee, Mindsparklemag.com, April 21, 2019.

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