Tic Tac – Day of the Dead seasonal package

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Derrick Lin


Design: 121
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Tic Tac
Location: Bethesda, Mexico
Packaging Contents: Tic Tac mints
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Plastic

Tic Tac was looking for a new seasonal package inspired by “El día de los Muertos”, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration.

The design had to reflect all the richness, joy and the colors that surround this festivity and appeal to Mexican millennials and young adults. 121 developed a design proposal with a vector illustration technique that incorporated some of the most important elements of the holiday.

The marigolds, the flowers that supposedly guide the souls of the deceased to their new destination were present in the vibrant yellow background of the package and the subtle texture that mimicked its petals. Also, the design featured two sugar skulls: a male and a female. These elements are a reference to the traditional sweets that appear on the festivity altars and represent La Catrina and El Catrín, two typical skeletons that have become a symbol of the Day of the Dead.

Additionally, not only the label takes inspiration from this celebration, but the actual mints are decorated with a skull print. Overall, the packaging turned out to be a bold, colorful and lively design that embodies the essence of the Day of the Dead. The product was released in the Mexican market in October 2018.

What’s Unique?
The challenge and what makes this project extra special is how our creative team came up with such a wonderful interpretation of this Mexican tradition in such a tiny space.