OM is a high-quality, clean beauty cosmetics brand that develops and produces all of its products in southern Germany. They approached us to create a comprehensive corporate identity including brand strategy, brand narrative, packaging, and content creation for their first skincare range. It was important that we channel the quality and purity of the ingredients in the components that make up the brand. From the beginning, we wanted to create an identity that would put all the weight on the quality of materials, be as transparent and natural as possible, and would invite scrutiny and deconstruction. A somewhat architectural approach.
As the product is a physical object, we had the luxury of going outside the confines of graphic design and using the textures of the materials (always left uncoated) used in the packaging as the brand color palette. Once this was set it was a question of a concise yet recognizable layout system that would give the product a strong identity while conveying all the necessary information. That brought us to the visual language based solely on one grotesk typeface. We used Monument Grotesk to create a proper typographic system that would be strong enough to carry the brand and allow us to scale it in the future.
The packaging is kept clean and simple in black-and-white, with a ‘Made in Germany’ tag given a prominent place to communicate the premium nature of the product. Raw but delicate textures and colors of the packaging work as the background for the typography and are the only kind of decoration we need. Also as light and its interaction with the object was from the beginning important we used vintage lenses that can reproduce light in a very natural way. We used direct daylight and intricate shadows it produces. The resulting object was what we were thinking of when designing.