• Authentic
    Imagination

    M80 prides itself on driving unique ideas into the marketplace, concepts born of real innovation. You know, the type that requires breaking a few eggs, and a few rules.

  • Studio
    Lifestyle.

    When we got together and started M80, one of our core beliefs was to build a design studio where the work process was fully woven into our lifestyles. We live design, and the work, every single day.

  • Crisis
    Timing.

    Our development process is so finely tuned, that we can get a month's work done in a week. A week's worth done in a day. A day's worth... well you get the idea. We like moving fast.

  • Cultural
    Context.

    Culture is the key to our perspective on life, design, and business. We come from a series of overlapping subcultures, so we understand how people's passions drive their behaviors and the marketplace.

  • No
    Bullsh!t

    M80 brings a sophisticated perspective to the work, but otherwise we are normally down-to-earth people. Zero pretensions. Zero posturing. We say what we mean, and mean what we say. No BS.

We are obsessed with all things
Unique & Undiscovered

We are a family of designers and engineers, with a passion for culture, and an addiction for all things new and unique. M80 is not just our job, it’s our lifestyle and we live it everyday.
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We Do Killer Work

  • Blueflame

  • Focal

  • Gorilla Shipping Tape

  • Perk

  • Tic-Tac Chill

  • Cold Jet

  • Barilla Sauce Jar

  • Gilmour

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Blueflame

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  • Prototype of iPad handle accessory called Focal.
  • Digital sketch for design exploration of new iPad handle accessory.
  • Refined iPad handle accessory product concept renderings.
  • Refined Focal iPad handle accessory final product concept renderings.
  • Logo and naming design exploration of new iPad handle accessory.
  • Prototype of iPad handle accessory called Focal.

Focal

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  • Gorilla Glue Shipping Tape Final Concept
  • Gorilla Glue Shipping Tape Rough Concepts
  • M80 team tests out various shipping tape applicator concepts during the research phase.
  • Gorilla Glue Shipping Tape Final Concept
  • Gorilla Glue Shipping Tape Final Concept

Gorilla Shipping Tape

Growing your business sometimes requires a calculated risk that can have you squaring off against some very big competitors who have a long head start. Luckily, Gorilla was already well known for its insanely strong adhesives, so the migration into packaging tapes was a natural progression. In developing the dispenser for this wider and stronger tape, M80 incorporated numerous features born of client and consumer insights. We felt that the roller-burnisher would deliver optimal adhesion to box surfaces, the sculpted ergonomic grips mean you can maintain a solid grip, and the ability to stand upright allows for ease of merchandising at retail.

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  • Perk Vent Stick product concepts
  • A collage of many rough pen-and-paper sketches of packaging concept explorations for PERK Air Fresheners.
  • Perk Vent Stick product concepts
  • Five explorations of the PERK brand, featuring our newly developed brand mark.
  • PERK vent sticks packaging and product rendered concept and example of usage.

Perk

Car-Freshner has been around the automotive air freshening block a few times. You may have seen one or two of their ‘Little Trees’ products hanging ironically from car mirrors worldwide. But PERK is intended to address the needs of more refined car owners who still seek the fragrance management scents, albeit in a more sedate and discrete manner. The package needed to reflect this elevated sophistication of the luxury car demographic, yet still maintain the cost-efficiency of a product available at big-box and automotive-specialty retailers alike.

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  • Tic Tac Chill Final Concept
  • Tic Tac Chill Concept Sketches
  • Tic Tac Chill Final Concept

Tic-Tac Chill

Confection is easily one of the most competitive and cut-throat categories to compete in at retail. Innovating, let alone dominating the breath mint subcategory can be a tall order, so you have to bring your A-game. In redesigning the inefficient custom package that TicTac Chill was almost consigned to, we offered a more elegant and simple approach that also offered different serving options to consumers. Creating a shape that was reminiscent of the brand mark further reinforced TicTac’s long-held dominance in breath mints.

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  • Two product concepts for the updated Coldjet Dry Ice Blaster
  • Rough sketch product concepts for the updated Coldjet Dry Ice Blaster
  • M80 team tests out the Coldet blaster during the research phase.
  • New product concepts for the updated Coldjet Dry Ice Blaster
  • Two product concepts for the updated Coldjet Dry Ice Blaster

Cold Jet

Surface blasting with different materials such as sand or glass beads can be very messy and chemical coating removers leave a second job to be addressed in their clean-up, often with quite hazardous materials. Blasting with dry ice pellets at very high speeds removes those issues and limitations because the pellets strike and remove the offending paint or mildew, and the dry ice merely falls to the ground to evaporate. M80 was asked to develop a new applicator gun where challenges included detailed ergonomic considerations, aesthetics, and product use adaptation. Our new design configures into 2,486 (and counting) unique versions for a wide range of work situations.

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  • Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce jar packaging and product rendered concept.
  • Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce jar packaging and product concept sketches.
  • Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce jar packaging and product rendered concepts.
  • Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce jar packaging and product rendered concepts.
  • Final Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce jar product rendering.

Barilla Sauce Jar

Standing out in the ‘Sea of Red’ that is the pasta sauce aisle in grocery stores worldwide was a core requirement for the launch of their first custom sauce package. M80 offered Barilla a new approach to the challenge by communicating physical brand equities and themes inherent to the pasta category at large: freshness, flavorful, and conviviality. Our process spanned concepts, refined directions, prototypes and package engineering through to North American and subsequently global launches.

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  • Final concept exploration of pruners and scissors for Gilmour.
  • Several explorations of pruners and scissors for Gilmour.
  • Design exploration of pruners and scissors for Gilmour.
  • Design exploration of pruners and scissors for Gilmour.
  • Final concept exploration of pruners and scissors for Gilmour.

Gilmour

Countering competitive threats from high-end brands like Fiskars and low-end price fighters from off-shore suppliers was the central business challenge we addressed for Gilmour. Learning from many consumer interviews conducted in their own backyards offered insights into the real world gardening issues that they face. M80 delivered designed solutions that we engineered for client manufacturing assets where material selection and CAD file development were central to ergonomic excellence over a wide array of user hand sizes and gardening needs.

How can you anticipate consumer needs
if you first don’t explore what makes us human?

One thing that keeps us stoked on design is the opportunity to serve consumers while we also service clients.

Learning more about them as we get inside the lives of shoppers and users of the products we design is our greatest reward.

What’s the difference to you?
All successful innovation requires risk.

We understand the pressure that your organization feels to deliver new products and packaging more effectively and efficiently. Our approach to design and development gets you to the critical new ideas that you need to stay ahead of the market.

Let’s get together and discuss these challenges and how M80 can support your brand. Whenever possible, we prefer to meet in person so we can offer a more detailed and lively discussion where we can outline our approach to your success.

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Inspired Design
When most zig left, we zag right.

We have the reputation for “cracking the code” on tough challenges by finding solutions in adjacent or completely unrelated categories. Inspiration can be found almost anywhere, especially when you know where to look. Because you know what they say about following the lead dog — the view never changes. We love an ever-changing view.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Good enough is never good enough
Destroy status quo

M80 believes that “good-enough” is not what clients, or their brands, need to grow. Our passion for developing new products and packaging drives our desire to create new IP for client organizations.

Why deliver ‘more of the same’ when you can create something new and ownable?

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Authentic Imagination.