It's not often that designers get the chance to partner with an iconic TV chef. But we did just that with the recent launch of the Jamie Oliver brand of food products and kitchenware.
Design Week magazine takes a closer look into the exciting new work in the following feature:
Jamie Oliver launches new visual identity
The Jamie Oliver brand of food products and kitchenware has revealed a refreshed “eclectic” visual identity, which aims to look like it’s made by a “human, not a factory”.
By Sarah Dawood on October 2, 2015
Jamie Oliver’s range of food products and kitchenware has had a design refresh, with the aim of showing the chef’s “wild and wonderful” personality.
The redesign was a collaborative project between consultancy Hornall Anderson and Jamie Oliver’s in-house creative team.
Alastair Whiteley, executive creative director at the consultancy, says: “Co-creation is a really nice part of it – the Jamie Oliver team are as proud of the branding as we are, and it’s got plenty of stretch and differentiation.”
The redesign project uses a palette of 20 colours, eight typefaces and 50 different photos of the chef. Whiteley says that the main aim was to make the brand look “less corporate” and “cooler and funkier”.
“Jamie’s got a wild and wonderful personality, so it couldn’t be a cookie-cutter visual identity,” Whiteley says. “We wanted it to look like it was coming from a person, not a factory.”
He says that the design is “open, honest and quite arty”. “It’s got a free-flowing, hand-crafted identity, to represent diversity and creativity,” he says. “It’s about giving everyone a chance to cook, and helping people enjoy cooking.”
He adds that although the branding is “eclectic”, the two creative teams tried to create a unifying “look and feel” for the “disparate range”.
The new design is rolling out on the packaging for a wide range of products, including everything from frying pans and water jugs to bottled sauces and fish fingers.
The redesign took four months to complete. The new visual identity has started rolling out, and will begin with point-of-sale packaging, but will also be applied to digital touch-points and marketing collateral.