Seattle Cider Co. Seasonal Cans
This is a student project, but it presents a solution to a real problem for Seattle Cider.
Seattle Cider Co. makes small-batch craft cider in Washington State with locally sourced ingredients and an emphasis on quality flavor and stewardship-focused business practices. Their primary retail product falls into two categories: year round staples, like Dry and Semi-Sweet, and rotating seasonal flavors like Oaked Maple and Berry Rosé. The release of seasonal flavors is an opportunity to engage consumers with unique cider varieties and capitalizes on the scarcity mindset of limited availability.
The Problem
The packaging for Seattle Cider's seasonal flavors is nearly identical to that of their year round ciders and is easily overlooked in a crowded grocery store aisle. With every seasonal release, the brand is missing an opportunity to delight existing fans and connect with new customers who would be interested in more unique flavors but are simply not aware that anything new is being offered.
Seattle Cider's current packaging. The second flavor is seasonal, while the rest are offered year-round.
The Solution
By creating a new visual identity for their seasonal cans, Seattle Cider will attract more attention to their rotating flavors and engage new customers who favor more unique cider varieties. The new cans must fit seamlessly within Seattle Cider's existing brand vernacular while also being distinct enough to show obvious differentiation and announce the arrival of something new and noteworthy.
Updated packaging for Seattle Cider's seasonal flavors. Each design element is drawn from the brand's existing visual vernacular, but the can is easily distinguishable from the year-round packaging.
Strategy: Utilize Existing Elements
In order for the new can to remain easily identifiable as a Seattle Cider product, I leaned heavily on existing elements from their packaging. By shuffling these elements and representing them in new ways, the new can manages to be simultaneously familiar and new. 
Comparison of elements between existing seasonal packaging (left) and new seasonal packaging (right).
Secondary Packaging
To house the new cans, I created a four-pack of secondary packaging. Once again I relied heavily on Seattle Cider's existing visual identity to create a design that is familiar and identifiable. Currently Seattle Cider only releases one seasonal flavor every Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring, but I chose to design a variety pack that would accommodate four limited edition flavors each season.
Box top
Box top
Box bottom
Box bottom
Supporting Material – Coasters
To complement the seasonal four-pack release, I designed a coaster that could be distributed to bars that serve Seattle Cider. The coasters would drive awareness of the new flavors and further enhance visibility of the new four-pack product.
This project involved a lot of printing, cutting, and assembling physical mockups to test design elements and readability in a physical space. I disassembled a number of boxes and cans from Seattle Cider Co. packs purchased from the store.
The biggest hangup I had was on the front-of-box design, because I needed to show that this box was a variety pack, but I wanted to stick to Seattle Cider's minimalist one-can-per-side design. In the end, I relied on the top of the box to clearly communicate that there were four flavors inside, and put one flavor on each vertical side of the box.

Box front iterations
Box front iterations
Box top iterations
Box top iterations

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