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Heineken Can

VBAT, Amsterdam / HEINEKEN GLOBAL DESIGN / 2019

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Background

Over the years, the category code for beer has become busy and corporate with overly crafted messages. Brands must simultaneously tell their stories, reinforce their qualifications and jump off the shelf. In 2018, however, Heineken felt it had reached a level of brand recognition that allowed it to explore a new packaging perspective. The can project arose out of Heineken’s drive to discover more powerful ways to visually express its renewed self confidence.

Idea

The brief was to make a bold statement. Our solution was to further iconise the brand by stripping away much of the corporate messaging and zoom in only on the recognisable details that make Heineken, Heineken. It was a conscious move away from traditional corporate packaging by adopting the bold and self confident way logos are often applied in contemporary street fashion.

Execution

Zooming in is most of all an act of purification. The Heineken red star has always been fundamental to the brand’s identity, but by centralising it and amplifying it, we turned this ‘traditional’ brand element into a bright, bold and contemporary icon. More radical still was the decision to use the Heineken wordmark as a wrap-around text. Never legible in its entirety, the wordmark is fresh and playful yet still recognisable. A typographic can that resonates self-confidence and fun. We applied this zoom-in approach across three Heineken propositions – Heineken Original, Heineken 0.0 and Heineken Light – creating a clear typographic family each with its own distinctive colour and category call-out.

Outcome

After launching the cans in Mexico, Brazil, Poland and France, Heineken plans to roll the cans out globally in 2020.

The Design of the new Heineken Cans have resulted in a large amount of earned media around the globe in publications like Underconsideration and Packaging of the World.

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