Miller Design & Branding MILLER HIGH LIFE by Landor New York

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Industry Beers and Ciders
Media Design & Branding
Market United States
Agency Landor New York
Director Jp Sabarots
Creative Director Tosh Hall
Designer Andy Baron
Photographer Timothy Hogan
Typographer Ian Brignell
Illustrator Chris Mitchell Lawrence Creative Strategy
Released June 2010

Credits & Description

Category: ii. Core FMCG
Product/Service: MILLER HIGH LIFE
Date of First Appearance: Jun 1 2010
Entrant Company: LANDOR ASSOCIATES, San Francisco, USA
Creative Director: Tosh Hall (Landor Associates)
Director: JP Sabarots (Landor Associates)
Designer: Andy Baron (Landor Associates)
Illustrator: Chris Mitchell
Photographer: Timothy Hogan
Typographer: Ian Brignell
Media placement: Bottle - mass retail - supermarket - 28 June 2010
Media placement: Can - mass retail - supermarket - 28 June 2010

Describe the brief from the client
Originally launched in 1903, Miller High Life soon became one of the premier high-end beers in the United States and remained so for many years. It was offered in distinctive, clear glass bottles reminiscent of champagne bottles, and was commonly referred to as “the champagne of beers.” The Girl in the Moon illustration and the Miller soft cross logo also became recognized symbols associated with this pre-eminent American brand. Once the flagship brand for the Miller Brewing Company, Miller High Life had over time been positioned as a below-premium beer that belied both its quality and rich 100+ year-old heritage.

Describe the challenges and key objectives
Despite its iconic nature and having once been Miller Brewing Company’s flagship brand, over time Miller High Life was re-priced and repositioned as a below-premium beer resulting in a negative shift in consumer perception. It was time to reinvigorate the premium-beer-without-a-premium-price essence of High Life with a package design that would showcase the brand’s high quality and heritage.

Describe how you arrived at the final design
Given Miller High Life’s heritage, our firm saw an opportunity to celebrate its 100+ year history and make the brand more successful than it had ever been. To improve consumer perceptions, we returned to the brand’s most iconic elements—the soft cross, its proprietary champagne-like bottle, and Girl in the Moon—and contemporized them. By stepping away from traditional below-premium-beer segment semiotics such as ice, heavy gradients, and angled type, and simplifying the overall visual expression, we moved Miller High Life into a more premium territory.

Give some indication of how successful the outcome was in the market
The new packaging and visual identity have allowed the franchise to stretch successfully beyond the below-premium segment, compete against more premium brands, and support a higher price point. The new design received an enthusiastic response internally at the 2010 MillerCoors annual distributors conference. It has also been praised externally on design blogs, honoured as the second best identity of 2010 on Brand New, and third best packaging of 2010 on The Dieline.