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Skineas Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Design: Sophia Georgopoulou
Text Editor: Konstantinos Kontinos
Location: Greece
Project Type: Produced
Client: Skineas Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Product Launch Location: Europe
Packaging Contents: Olive oil, Feta Cheese, Olives, Pasta
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Glass bottle, metal tin

Skineas is a picturesque village located in the Greek Island of Kefalonia, in the Ionian Sea. The village is well known for its great olive oil but so far, as it is fairly common among many Greek producers, the oil was sold in bulk form. Some local producers though decided that it was time to move on, and this is how Skineas-the brand was born.

Though they dream big, they wanted to start building on solid ground by addressing the market of the island first and only then move on to exports. The key challenge was, of course, meaningful differentiation, as the number of olive oil alternatives in the Greek market are countless – and the situation gets even more complex when you have exported in mind.

Local (island-level) oil appreciators, soon to be expanded into international audiences with a certain olive oil exposure and culture.

Although differentiation was obviously a must, it was made clear from the start that any design direction applied should be based on simplicity. Basically, the desired effect was to celebrate the power of the simple joys in life that great olive oil embodies, while also suggesting purity through minimalism. On the basis of these elements, it was decided to elevate the olive tree at the level of the hero of our design proposition.

The final proposition from our part was based on the minimalistic, stripped-down but very recognisable shape of an Olive tree. Its trunk is designed in such a way so as to remind of an exclamation mark, while another circular shape denoting a sun subtly pushes the point of the natural elements that come together to create such great flavours.

In addition, the typeface exclusively developed looks quintessentially Greek. It does so by embodying Byzantine-era cues while avoiding the touristy-looking ancient Greek aesthetic that is painfully common in the field of Greek food & beverage products. The design developed was applied onto Dorica bottles as well as tin containers for larger quantities. Direct, friendly and approachable Skineas olive oil is here to win over hearts and palates.

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