Recognition

Awards

2016

The DieLine Awards Outstanding Achievement for a series of five Driftwood Brewing labels:
Obscuritas, Raised by Wolves, Old Cellar Dweller, De Auras, and Son of the Morning
Applied Arts Illustration Award for a series of five Driftwood Brewing labels:
Obscuritas, Raised by Wolves, Old Cellar Dweller, De Auras, and Son of the Morning
– 1st Place, CAMRA Vancouver Award for Best BC Beer Label Artwork (for Old Cellar Dweller)

2015

– 1st Place, CAMRA Vancouver Award for Best BC Beer Label Artwork (for Fat Tug)

2014:

Communication Arts Award of Excellence in the category of Packaging Design (for Coven Vodka)
Bonamici Cellars was awarded two awards in the Wine Packaging Design section of the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition:
– GOLD in the category of Art/Illustration (“Use of original illustration as the driving element of the package design”)
– SILVER in the category of Modern Classic (“Best modern interpretation of a traditional style”)
Summit Creative Award in the category of Packaging (Silver for Stoutnik and Bronze for Bonamici Cellars)
DieLine Award in the category of Packaging Design for Spirits (for Coven Vodka)
Applied Arts Award in the category of Packaging Design for Beer/Wine/Spirits (for Coven Vodka)
Redgees finalist in the category of Packaging Design (for Stoutnik)

2013:

Applied Arts Award in the category of Packaging Design for Beer/Wine/Spirits (for Stoutnik)
DieLine Award in the category of Packaging Design for Beer & Malt Beverages (for Stoutnik)
Lotus Award in the Packaging Design category (for Stoutnik)

Media

2017:

In-depth interview on ThirstyBastards.com about our work with Driftwood Brewery.

Long-form interview with Leif by the Food Bloggers of Canada about our involvement in branding and design for the alcohol industry.

2016:

Great article from How Magazine exploring the history of our studio, our decision to specialize, and our growth over the last few years.

2015:

The Hand That Rocks The Label, an article about our packaging design work with Driftwood Brewery in The Growler. Full text of the article can be seen here.
Growler Article

Richard and Leif were interviewed for an article in Metro News, The Art Of Brewing.
Metro News Article - The Art of Brewing - November 2015

The Stoutnik packaging that we designed for Longwood Brewery was featured in the first book from OhBeautifulBeer.com
Stoutnik featured in Oh Beautiful Beer

ShawTV feature on our studio:

Richard’s article, Beyond All Boundaries: Don’t Get Boxed in When Designing Craft Alcohol Packaging published in Design Edge Canada.
Richard's Article in Design Edge Canada, 2015

2014:

Unruly Gin/Vodka and The Empiric Gin were published in the International Design Awards’ Book of the Year, Vol. 7
International Design Awards' Book of the Year, Vol. 7

The Unruly Gin / Unruly Vodka packaging that we designed for Wayward Distillation House was featured in Under Consideration Quarterly, Issue Q3, 2014
Unruly Gin and Unruly Vodka featured in Under Consideration Quarterly

Two of the beer labels we designed for Longwood Brewery – Stoutnik and SteamPunk Dunkel – were featured in a new book by Daniel Bellon, Cool Beer Labels: The Best Art & Design from Breweries Around the World.
Cool Beer Labels: The Best Art & Design from Breweries Around the World

We were interviewed for the cover story in the April 2014 issue of Package Design Magazine, which featured the packaging we designed for The Empiric and Stoutnik. Full article can be read here.
The Empiric, on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Package Design Magazine

Our studio was featured in the “Fresh” section of Communication Arts
Hired Guns Creative featured in Communication Arts

2013:

Coven Vodka featured in Under Consideration Quarterly, Issue Q4-2103
Coven Vodka, featured in Under Consideration Quarterly

An article about our studio in Orchard & Vine Magazine (see page 12)
Article about Hired Guns Creative in Orchard & Vine Magazine

Stoutnik featured in a Paper Specs Inspiration Video

Coven Vodka featured in Global Design Resources‘s (illustrious) Global Innovation Report (see PDF)
Coven Vodka featured in Global Design Resource's Creative Review

Cover story in our home-town paper, the Nanaimo Daily News
Hired Guns Creative featured on the cover of the Nanaimo Daily News

Two of the brands we created for Longwood Brewery (The Big One and Berried Alive) featured in a Globe & Mail article about BC’s Craft Breweries
The Big One, from Longwood Brewery, featured in the Globe & Mail Berried Alive, from Longwood Brewery, featured in The Globe & Mail

Stoutnik featured in Inside Packaging Magazine (see PDF of the article)
Stoutnik featured in Inside Packaging Magazine

Stoutnik featured in Under Consideration Quarterly, Issue Q2, 2013
Stoutnik featured in Under Consideration Quarterly

An article written by Leif, in Crush Magazine (a wine industry publication)
Article by Leif Miltenberger in Crush Magazine

Article about Hired Guns Creative in Orchard & Vine Magazine
Article about Hired Guns Creative in Orchard & Vine Magazine

2012:

An article about us in Crush Magazine (a wine industry publication)
An article about Hired Guns Creative in Crush Magazine