Designer: Katie Mayze
Project Type: Student Project
School: Shillington School of Graphic Design
Course: Graphic Design
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Packaging Contents: Soap
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Cardboard
Printing Process: Printing

Our brief was to create a niche product to be sold in boutique stores. I was given the product ‘soap’ and the customer chosen was ‘farmers’. After researching this demographic, I narrowed the customer base to focus on young male, Australian farmers. This is a difficult demographic, so I decided to win them over by creating a modern, relatable and masculine brand, which needed to be reflected in the packaging and brand name. The soap brand uses natural ingredients to address the issues of dry and damaged skin caused by the harsh Australian landscape.

The keywords I worked to were ‘dry, pattern and nature’. The modern, masculine feel was achieved through the monochromatic colour palette, the brand name ‘RUGGED’ and the barbed wire logo. Graphic, organic patterns were used, to focus on items men would see in their everyday working life such as oil, cracked earth and beer. All of the patterns were handmade to give the product a unique, organic feel.

What’s Unique?
The unique element is interpreting Australian rural life into graphic patterns, for example and stamping circles from beer bottles, playing with oil, paint and glue etc.