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Own Label: Sainsbury's Design Studio 1962-1977 Paperback – December 31, 2011


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: FUEL Publishing (December 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956356281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956356284
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sainsbury's is one of the top five supermarkets in Britain. Founded in 1869 as a grocers, it opened its first supermarket in 1950, then it was called a self-service store. The company has always tried to live up their slogan: good food costs less at Sainsbury's.

The book celebrates the unique look of their packaging, essentially very simple designs, flat colors and clean typography. The own label graphic style burst upon the Nation's shoppers thanks to an enlightened management and Art Director Peter Dixon who started the in-house design studio in 1963.

The nicely produced paperback includes well over a hundred packs mostly shown in a flat-plan format with the rest as individual still-life shots. What did strike me though when seeing so many of these packs in one place is how, despite a simple design format, they looked so varied. The really successful ones, it seems to me, have an illustration, either a photo or graphic. On page 179 seven can labels for pet food look as fresh today as they did in 1976. A simple silhouette of a cat or dog gives them such a lift. Page 159 shows a pan scourer pack with a the simple graphic of a pan and simple typography. Page 42 has two crispbread packs with graphics for rye and wheat. These are all brilliant pack designs that clearly stood out on the shelves, especially against alternative products with their brash designs.

Why some sort of illustration wasn't used on more of the designs seems strange because the pure type and colour panel packs frequently come across as trying too hard and some look positively uninspiring. The Instant hot oat cereal (page 45) and Mixed dog biscuits (page 176) have a feel of an art school project.
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