The tentacles of an octopus inspired the wrap concept for the design: the idea of an octopus grabbing onto the bottle.
– Kurt Gonsalves, Designer
Could you do with more octopi in your life? Of course you could, we ALL could. And KMG Design brings us a lovely (if slightly sinister) specimen wrapped around this sensual label for Octopoda, a Napa Valley Cabernet from Balius Wines.
“The label has two very different visual and tactile appearances,” explains KMG Design’s Kurt Gonsalves. “The gloss UV on top of the foiled octopus is in very strong contrast to the matte black paper, engaging the viewer to turn the bottle and experience the image at different angles.”
Printed on Avery Black Vellum by MCC Labels (formerly Collotype Labels) in Sonoma on an HP Indigo digital press, the labels were foiled with Kurz red and silver foil, and then overprinted with black ink to create that woodcut-style dimensionality. Textured and sculptured embosses were the final ingredients necessary to bring this denizen of the deep to glorious, crimson life.
““The attention to detail for finishing was incredible,” says Kurt. “Registration is near perfect. Multiple passes through the machinery [an ABG Digicon Series II for those production nerds] pushed the limitation of the finishing press.”
All of which would have been for naught, he adds, if the right stock hadn’t been chosen. “Black vellum paper was used to minimize its visual [distraction], primarily at the edges of the label. A traditional white paper with black ink tint would show a white edge…”
To have missed this little detail would have indeed gotten design lovers the world over up in arms – eight arms each, no doubt 😉
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