For Short Fuse Brewing of Chicago, Illinois, we were tasked with creating an identity that would showcase the brand’s impressive lineup of barrel-aged, wild sour and traditional beers, ultimately disrupting the Chicago craft scene with a bright, bold identity and a dynamic vintage colour palette.
The Short Fuse palette was developed after an exhaustive examination of mid-20th-century illustrated fireworks packaging. It featuring time-worn and muted backgrounds juxtaposed with explosive images and bright colours that explode off the shelf.
A close inspection of the logo’s negative space reveals a mind-blowing secret, a reward for customers taking the time to look deeper.
The custom packaging for Short Fuse’s IPA Bomb draws on the bombastic primary colours and explosive imagery featured in their earlier labels. The convex illustrative lettering along the can’s front gives the sense that the key image, a fat bomb, is bursting—a megaton explosion of flavour about to descend onto customers’ taste buds.
The can artwork details feature small bombs breaking out of the central blast imagery, each bomb emblazoned with shark teeth nose art made famous by America’s Flying Tiger squadron.
The development of Short Fuse Brewing’s brand challenged us to adapt, to develop a flexible identity for start-up business with a diverse, ever-changing and expanding lineup, to build a brand that could contain the brewery’s traditional labels and an expanding line of custom designs.
This snapshot of the templated labels we designed for their launch contains an early version of the IPA Bomb label. After testing all of their beers in their tap room the brewery decided to promote IPA Bomb to a custom can design.