12 Bees

Derrick Lin


Design: S & Team
Location: Greece
Project Type: Produced
Client: 12 Bees
Product Launch Location: Greece
Packaging Contents: Honey
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Glass Jar, Jute and Kraft Paper
Printing Process: Silk printing & Foil printing

Thodoris Kafadaris began beekeeping as a hobby and out of admiration for bees. However, he eventually reached a point where he could produce three good quality honeys. He thought about selling at markets and local delicatessen shops but wanted to do it in a proper way. So he turned to us for brand guidance, to provide him with a name and packaging design.

After extensive research on bee’s lifecycle, biology and society, we stumbled upon something incredible: the average worker bee produces 1 gram of honey during its entire life! Which means it takes twelve bees their entire lives to make a teaspoon of honey. “Twelve bees” name also encompasses our client’s values and standards, including his close relationship and respect for bees as well as his decision to intentionally keep production low.

The logo comprises the combination of the brand’s name and a linear, minimal symbol of a bee flying over a spoon to indicate “twelve bees’ s” meaning. Through the packaging design, we wanted to communicate the fact that the honey is minimally processed (raw). To that end, we used elements such as raw jute and raw kraft paper tags. However, those elements together with the linear logo symbol and icons create a plain and balanced composition that implies a raw yet good-quality honey, which is what we wanted to achieve right from the beginning.