Graphis examines Turner Duckworth's redesign of the iconic Campbell's Soup packaging

Reinventing an Icon: Turner Duckworth Gives Campbell’s Soup a Modern Makeover

The Design 2023 Awards recognizes outstanding creativity and innovation in design, and Graphis Master Turner Duckworth‘s recent Gold win is a testament to their ability to reimagine iconic brands with a fresh, modern perspective. Their award-winning redesign of the “Campbell’s Red & White Condensed Soup Visual Identity” is a prime example of their exceptional work, and it’s a project that’s worth taking a closer look at. Let’s dive in and explore how Turner Duckworth took a beloved household staple and gave it a soup-er new look.

By: Turner Duckworth

“On the one hand, you have red carpet ready. On the other, you have snoozing on the sofa in stretchy pants. Our job was to bridge the gap, reinstate the iconic can, and bring the ever-expanding portfolio of recipes together into a cohesive family.”

So Why Not Make It All Look Like the Iconic Classic Design?

“Campbell’s deserved more than a throw-back retro approach. Forward was the only direction to take with a fresh approach that deliberately reinvigorated the brand versus yearning for a past long gone. We carefully considered and recrafted every detail to modernize the brand for a new generation. The script was simplified to signal change at the heart of the brand. It could now condense to the bare minimum or extend for maximum mmmm… We banished the bowls and focused on the ingredients. Campbell’s condensed had a legacy of being more than soup, as many a green bean casserole and chicken pot pie can attest. Ingredients became a way to speak to the versatility of the product.

“A favorite detail is the new fleur-de-lis. It was first introduced to the brand in 1897 to indicate the French culinary techniques employed by this emerging American company to assure quality. The new mark becomes a monogram with a pair of reflected C’s. The company is no longer borrowing from the past but confidently owning its future.”

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Author: Graphis