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2023 ADC Awards - Brand / Communication Design


Agency CENTER / Brooklyn

Client Butter


Branding / Logo

Annual ID


About the Work

Cannabis has long been thought of as an illegal, underground, solo activity. Few brands speak to its authentic use - a fun product that can bring people together with real social benefit. The legal limitations of marketing and selling cannabis in the US has divided the market regionally, with brands competing for market share before an assumed federal legislation. In short, the weed industry needs a national hero. Now serving Butter: a Michigan-based vertically integrated cannabis brand that’s here to pass around that smooth, gooey, melty feeling to all (over 21). The mission is clear: spread a better way of life and become the first mainstream cannabis brand. We chose iconicism over niche, and it had to start with the logo. We abstracted a butter stick to the point of pure simplicity: one bright yellow rectangle. In the US, it’s still illegal to market cannabis on some platforms, thus our mark became an effective marketing tool and a cheeky nod to censorship. Our packaging heroes the brand color: creating an immediately recognizable block across the shelf. The typography system flexes in weight and width to describe each strain, from the excitedly thin sativa strains, to the thick and mindful indica varieties. Our detailed information design seeks to educate consumers by creating the “nutrition facts of cannabis”.Our art direction brings back the human element of sharing cannabis, with film photography taken at a lively favorite house party. Butter launched in February 2022 with 20 strains that hit shelves all over Michigan. Success came thick and fast: selling out of first harvest in the first week, over 3 million digital impressions in the first 30 days, features in regional and national press, and 2 retail stores on the way, Butter is ready to take on the country and spread a better way of life.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 21


Design Firm

CENTER / Brooklyn

Digital Agency



Kevin Batory

Creative Director

Alex Center


Alex Brown


Marisa Zupan

Design Director

Andrew Galloway

Project Manager

Madeline Beard

Senior Designer

Pete Freeman


Julie Rose


Palmer Durr


Chris Klamkin

Head of Brand

Brad Golding

Managing director

Ashleigh Bowring

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