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De Mello Coffee Roaster

Based in Toronto, the company wanted to review their branding and design new coffee bags that would represent their values and stand out in stores. The objective was to create a colorful identity based on the founders’ Korean origins and on the brand’s Canadian culture. First, we modernized the logo, the “Yangban” mask, a pleasant theatrical character known for being expressive. Then, we created an adaptation of “Horangi”, another character in Korean culture that is, despite his frightening face, nothing else than a nice tiger, funny looking but protective. The illustrator Aless MC came up with a first interpretation of the mythical tiger that has been interpreted by many artists throughout the years, just as Korean folklore paintings used to do. With their new 210 g bag or a superposition of three 5 lb bags, the packaging now displays the big friendly cat as the guardian of the brand and of the coffee producers with whom De Mello works every day.

De Mello Coffee Roaster


Simon Laliberte BangBang

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Additional Credits

  • Art Director & Designer - Simon Laliberte
  • Art Director & Designer - Genevieve Bergeron
  • Project Coordinator - Katia Dupuy
  • Photographer - Luc Robitaille
  • Illustrator - Aless MC


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