Vinevax, pruning wound dressing foil pouch packaging

Vinevax_logo_radiused_256pxThe innovation in marketing communications terms that the concept of this product logo represents to the client is that the new Vinevax name and brand system approaches the task of product branding from appealing to the customer’s point of view. The idea leverages what the product does for the user.

Because the biotechnology of the ‘living barrier’ product benefit is a new alternative to many customers, the priority is to show how it behaves biologically and objectively prove that this benefits the customer. This creative direction engages the customer more sensibly than the legacy brand focus on attributes like the physical form or formulation of the product.

The initial applications of the new brand were in print applied to a series of Vinevax product capabilities brochures tuned to specific formulations of the product, and a new packaging label system.

As a graphic designer and brand manager I strive to produce the best logos, conceptual print collateral pieces and websites that money can buy. In 2002 the Vinevax product naming, logo design and branding project was no exception.

Agrimm Technologies was an established biotechnology company, formed by two scientists from Canterbury University in 1984. Agrimm Technologies’ laboratories and specialist production facilities based in Lincoln, near Christchurch have grown to be a world leader in the development and manufacture of effective, safe and environmentally friendly biological or ‘living barrier’ plant protection products focussing on the Trichoderma family of beneficial fungi.

Around 2002 the results from independent field testing from a PhD study being conducted at Adelaide University proved that a formulation of their ‘Trichoseal’ wettable powder product for vines was a protective and a cost effective treatment against dieback disease. At this point Agrimm engaged the services of the tattoo studio who developed the exciting new product brand and positioning statement ‘Vinevax’, ‘Living barrier wound dressing for vines’. This marketing effort superseded the legacy product that had been sold, but effectively not marketed, under their Trichoprotection® quality mark.

I designed the new logo, system of product brochures, packaging system and trade advertising. The art direction emphasis on careful editing, photo composites and custom infographics demonstrating the product’s performance contributed to a project that turned out to be a tremendous sales and marketing success. Part of the creative thinking behind the branding theme art direction was to fully engage the strengths of the product and interest of the horticultural market by maximising the integration of colour and type, image and message. This was brought together in the conceptual A5 print brochures printed on quality medium weight board. The print is quality finished with metallic foil stamping of the logo symbol and spot overglossing of images.

These days I am well aware you want your branding and marketing communications to work hard. As hard as, let’s say, this Vinevax brochure does. So to see more proof just have a look around or call Shaun on;
+64 21 067 6176.
Or email him

The brand design rationale

A blend of the outstanding clarity and distinction of the new product name, and research into the client’s market, their competitors and the biology of commensalism (by which trichoderma behaves as a living-barrier to plant pathogens), plus extensive visual research lead to several design solutions. Our recommendation to the client in the presentation, is inspired by one of the intricate yet simple mathematical designs that are found in nature. One that is related to a certain mathematical sequence know as the Fibonacci series—as seen in the opposing spiral forms of flowers, pinecones and pineapples. Inspired by these natural forms the bold, clean dynamic new brand expresses at once a radiant shield-like energy, dynamic rotation and vigorous growth out from the centre.



Printer: Croft Print Limited
Account executive: tattoo
Copywriter: tattoo, including product naming
Creative direction, production artist, print production: Shaun Waugh, Surface Active Design
Font credits: Barmeno, Garamond Condensed

2002–2004 Tattoo, Advertising and promotional, Agrimm Industries, Biotechnology, Booklet, Brochure, Consumer products, Illustration, Logos and symbols, Packaging, Photoshop compositing, Print production, Rename & Rebrand, Typography, Website

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