Cocoa Alchemy

Cocoa Alchemy - student project

My project for this class is a product of mine that I'll be releasing on a larger scale soon--the Cocoa Alchemy Kit. It is a multi-part kit (large jars of cocoa powder and sugar, small jars of several spices, a spoon for mixing spices, recipe cards), so I'll be doing several labels for each of those, plus a design for either the box or an exterior label when it's on the shelf.

My plan is to do a modern and stylized(ish) version of an atomic age chemistry set with elements from 19th & early 20th century pharmacy labels. I want a lot of colour, and I'll probably use the periodic table as a starting point for the basic structure of the labels.

I will be updating this with my inspiration board. I also have a pinterest board at

So here is most of my mood board:Cocoa Alchemy - image 1 - student project

And here are my rough sketches. I had a good idea of what I wanted to do for the small labels for the vials inside the box, kind of a periodic table sort of square, and each will be a different colour. I'm still feeling like the one on the left is the strongest:

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And for the outside of the box, I am probably going with a large rectangle label since that will be cheapest to produce. I am toying with the idea that it will wrap from the top down to the front of the box to act as a seal--I'll probably use a cigar box with a lifting lid. I am having a hell of a time trying to figure out which direction to go; nothing is really coming together very well.

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I just realized I didn't add this photo to the main part of my post, only the cover. Oops. Here is a very very rough digitized and coloured sketch of the inner labels:

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