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Case Study

New Brand Design

Building brand muscle for a muscle-building product.

Client: Confidential

Category: Nutrition & Wellness – Whey Protein

Interventions: Brand Identity & Packaging Design

Conventional approaches to whey protein packaging leave little room for a new brand to make a mark. Category conventions had become so rigid that shelf differentiation across brands was almost nonexistent – large, unwieldy, similar-looking plastic jars, big bold typography and use of bright coloured labels… almost every brand followed these rules leaving them trapped in a sea of sameness.

Our brief was clear from the word go:

A) Develop brand identity & packaging for a new Whey Protein product – earmarked as the flagship product in a wide portfolio of sports nutrition products.

B) Distinctive, high-impact packaging that creates excitement in the category.

C) Mass premium positioning targeted at health & fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and sports professionals.

Our Approach:

The Design Strategy

As a new brand with a wide portfolio of products planned for launch, it was imperative we develop a brand identity that was not just visually distinctive but was anchored strongly on unmet consumer needs.

We therefore, approached the design through two strategic lenses:

Positioning & Naming: A brand name that intuitively linked the product and the larger portfolio it would extend to, with the world of “fitness”. Research pointed to a need to target a wider consumer base of fitness buffs, athletes & sports enthusiasts as against just body builders. So, while whey proteins deliver muscle building, the brand had to extend to a larger benefit canvas – that of enabling fitness.

The name Fitbell was derived as a portmanteau of the two core words we associated with the brand – fitness & the ubiquitous equipment that signifies fitness “kettlebell”.

Pack Design: We were convinced there was merit in breaking category norms for pack structure – that shape and form as a means to drive distinction & impact on the shelf were critical.

Our research revealed a key insight; consumption of whey protein happens after workouts in a gym and could be at multiple locations – at home, at the local gym, at the office – and so, for consumers, ‘portability” would allow convenience and therefore, be extremely desirable…The kettlebell’s shape – and specifically, the handle on it inspired our structural exploration.

To further accentuate the differentiation, we chose a move away from bright, neon, blocky colours to a classy, premium black & white palette.

We were convinced that shape and form as a means to drive distinction & impact on the shelf were critical.