A taste of the exotic

We have done it again, we have won a Graphic Design USA Award for our work with Arteasan.


Arteasan was born from the insight of no sacrifices, providing a ready-to-drink beverage alternative, both tasty and healthy — good for you, and for you to feel good about, given its naturally healthy source of ingredients.

Positioned as “Exotic Refreshment,” the Boxer named Arteasan brand of tea-based soft drinks are infused with fruits and botanicals for holistic benefits of a healthy body, mind and spirit.

In its name, Arteasan’s play on “artisan” tells a story of creative craft and selective sourcing in concocting this uniquely experiential beverage.

Our Story: Crafting a Brand

With a holistic product concept in hand, Boxer created an equally holistic brand concept – from naming to design. All set out to embody the romance of the archetypical explorer in search of a balanced life through discovering new experiences (in products and in life) with a purposeful passion for the journey itself.

Each variety of Arteasan offers functional benefits derived from their individual fruit and botanical blends for optimal wellness.

We looked at creating every detail by telling the Arteasan story, creating brand DNA and organising design elements through a brand bloodline.

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No more queuing?

Loving this new Starbucks store.

They have launched a new express format store in the heart of Wall Street New York. You are greeted at one of the multiple mobile sales points by a Starbucks partner who then takes your order using a handheld device. There aim is to reduce waiting time, catering for busy New Yorkers. Make mine a skinny latte please.



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Tea time redefined

We are delighted to announce that we have won a Graphic Design USA Award for our work with Serenitea.

Serenitea is a small tea café in a historic village, struggling to find a brand voice in defining the tea experience for Americans, who consider tea a rather fussy, time-consuming affair in a culture of “can do” rather than “relax.

Tea House for Everyday Escape.

Besides describing this unique venue, the story of a tea house for everyday escape, made tea an inviting and unapologetically approachable indulgence to tap into the culture that values de-stressing and self-care as much as its on-the-go sensibility.


To bring this to life, Boxer recommended a fresh green color palette to clearly differentiate Serenitea from the browns and bold colors that suggest a more frenetic, caffeinated coffee house experience, while bringing a sense of homey serenity to the environment with thoughtful touches like framed tea poster art, as well as a tea “gallery” of cups and tea pots at the back of the restaurant to provide visual interest with diners and even more importantly, a line of vision from the street to invite curious gawkers in.

Boxer expressed this brand story in a new identity including a logo, retail environment, business cards, menu, hang tags, and packaging for Serenitea’s custom tea blend.

Since the rebrand, business is having trouble keeping up with demand. The Serenitea blend sold out in one week, and the venue is getting traffic-driving media attention.


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The Easter Bunny: A Brand Mystery

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With Easter upon us and many of us Boxer’s scrambling to build baskets and colour eggs in anticipation of the Easter Bunny, it occurred to us that Mr. Bunny’s origins are quite vague.

As a brand, of course, bunnies in general have come to be emblematic of Easter but what lore exists for the Easter Bunny? Santa or Father Christmas or however he’s referred to in various places around the world all share the same brand associations of good will and giving spirit hearkening from St. Nicholas.

But was the Easter Bunny just an iteration of the same, a lesser sequel to Santa? And really, what do eggs have to do with bunnies? The brand story didn’t add up.

Even go-to sources like Time magazine admitted, “The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery.” They suggest the bunny came from the pagan fertility celebration of Eostre. The eggs, they posit, were a vestige of a13th century Lenten tradition of abstinence and their colouring to mark Easter as the occasion for celebratory consumption. Eggs also symbolised the new life of Easter.

But what about the Easter Bunny itself?

History.com suggests that at least in America, German immigrants settling in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought their tradition of “Osterhase,” an egg-laying bunny, to their new country. As this brand story goes, kids would build nests for this character that evolved into baskets.

So, brand story mystery solved. We’re just glad we’ve got an Easter Bunny – and not an Easter cuckoo bird or fox, as some other countries do.

And as a holiday that’s brand has come to be associated with sweets as much as bunnies, Boxer wishes you heaps of jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and (tipping our hat to another great brand story) marshmallow Peeps this Easter.

Courtesy of Washington Post Top 50 Peeps Dioramas for 2015

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Boxer have moved…

We have moved right into the heart of bustling Birmingham. Creative brand design can now be found at: 2 Snow Hill, Birmingham B4 6GA


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St Patrick’s day in the eyes of a Chicagoan

A brand story 

“Top of mind” brand associations of St. Patrick’s Day seem to revolve around drinking and at least in Chicago, a dyed river green.

As lovers of brand stories at Boxer, St. Patrick’s Day, as a brand, gave us pause to really consider St. Patrick’s Day outside of the confines of green beer and intoxication – what amounts to a Jester brand story, with perhaps a little Outlaw depending on the level of the inebriate.  Even some Irish brand icons, like the leprechaun, fit this playful spirit.

But for a holiday named after a saint, Jester really didn’t seem to capture it all. Wasn’t there more brand story to tell?

We started with the name. Patrick was an Englishman named Maewyn, a name we can be thankful fell out of favor between his birth circa 380 and 2015.  As the story goes, as a youth he was kidnapped, and sent to Ireland as a slave herding sheep.  He escaped back to England, became a priest and returned to Ireland.  He was named Patricius upon ordination which, translated from Latin, is our familiar Patrick.

The Irish are known for their gifts of storytelling and that’s apparent in many of the legends of St. Patrick, like his driving all snakes out of Ireland by beating a drum (either a response to St. Patrick’s poor percussion talents, or I would guess they left due to lack of food, like many of the those who emigrated to America when my relatives did).  Legend also has it that that sun did not set for twelve days and nights after Patrick died on March 17.

Blarney or not, these legends certainly cast St. Patrick, and the day that honors him, as part of a larger brand story–an Explorer conquering new lands with the derring-do of a Hero rescuing the Irish people from snakes and the temptations they likely represented.

And of course, like most of you, my part-Irish roots will beckon on March 17th with a nip of Jameson.  After all, St. Patrick’s Day, will always mostly be, a Jester brand.  But don’t forget to toast the real brand story of this holiday–the Hero St. Patrick really was. Sláinte!


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