Packaging | Branding | Naming
Strategy | Copywriting | Personal Project
The King is dead, long live the Cheese! The name “King’s Head” refers to how King Louis XVI’s love for Brie cheese ultimately led to his death. As the story goes, the King stopped at an inn famous for its Brie while fleeing to Varennes. Not long after, the King was captured by the Revolutionaries and taken back to Paris for his execution.
In developing a strategy, I studied how existing cheese brands present themselves and interact in this space. Three key things stood out: Within a brand, cheese types are often color-coded; More often than not, gourmet cheese brands lack a strong identity; There is often extensive text and little in the way of imagery on the package.
What makes King's Head revolutionary, is the way it commands an unrivaled presence amongst its contemporaries. King's Head is not for cheese coinsseurs. Its for beer drinkers who have never heard of a wine aerator and for those who would rather enjoy a snack platter during a football game than a charcuterie board in a white-table-cloth restaurant.
King's Head's color palette stands out against the pastels of the cheese counter. Dynamic packaging shapes work to identify the varieties within the brand, reflecting the natural geometry of cheese while also nodding to the history of these legendary cheeses. Finally, King’s Head combines energetic typesetting with historic etchings to emphasize and ground the legendary history of the cheeses.