The consultancy was appointed on the strength of a credentials pitch for another project for the client.
Over the Easter period Kew Gardens is exploring the history of chocolate across different zones in the gardens, from its Aztec origins, through its journey to Europe with Spanish Conquistadors and on to Georgian England.
Cog director Michael Smith says, ‘Our task was to distil the messages of historical exploration into an arresting image that appeals directly to the parents of young families (and to the children).
‘The imagery had to be bold and immediate enough to work on banners and posters – it will be used on a transport-based poster campaign – across digital media and on the interpretation materials used to tell the story within the exhibition.’
The work adheres to Kew guidelines, and uses a Frutiger font and fixed colour palette.
After presenting a number of ideas and exploring different naming options it was decided that real cocoa powder would be sieved over stencils to achieve the desired effect.