Canongate Whisky Packaging - crafted by Mark Hutton at Hutton Creative Design

Mark Hutton: Behind the Scenes of Canongate Whisky Packaging

Welcome to this captivating interview with Mark Hutton, the brilliant mind behind Hutton Creative Design, and the recent recipient of an Honorable Mention in Beverage Packaging at the C2A Awards for the Canongate Whisky Packaging project. With a knack for pushing the boundaries of design, Mark has crafted a distinguished career that continues to evolve.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that Mark’s creative journey is not just about aesthetics? He’s known for his forward-thinking approach to career development and dedication to pushing the boundaries of design in his business.

About the Mark Hutton’s Winning Project:

Canongate Whisky Packaging Mark led the Hutton Creative Design team in reimagining the packaging for The Perfect Fifth’s Canongate premium whiskies. The result is a blend of luxury aesthetics with gold foil labels, neck labels, and boxes, featuring debossed sections, spot gloss varnish, and a soft touch finish. This meticulous design mirrors the complexity and balance of the whiskies themselves.

Now, let’s dive into the insights Mark Hutton has to share about his recent win, the creative process behind the award-winning project, and the exciting future that lies ahead.

1. Fresh from your recent win at the C2A Awards, can you share how the recognition has already influenced your perspective on your creative journey or business endeavors?

It has undoubtedly left a significant impact on my business journey. It serves as a validation of my talent and hard work, affirming my expertise in the competitive field of design. This recognition not only boosts my confidence but also opens doors to new opportunities and clients who are drawn to my award-winning capabilities. Moreover, it underscores the importance of staying innovative and committed in my work.

2. Let’s rewind to your journey through the submission and evaluation process for the C2A Awards. What were the standout moments, challenges, or surprises you encountered?

You recognized that participating in such competitions provides a unique platform to showcase your creative prowess and gain industry recognition.

3. Creativity is a mystic force. What fuels your imagination, and how do you approach the creative process?

I have a forward-thinking approach to career development and a dedication to pushing the boundaries of design in my business.

Award-winning Canongate Whisky Packaging - Mark Hutton's triumph at the C2A Awards in Beverage Packaging category

4.Navigating the twists and turns of a creative career often involves overcoming obstacles. What are some of the recent challenges you’ve faced, and how have you tackled them?

Managing client expectations and revisions effectively, as clients often have specific visions in mind. Finding a balance between creative freedom and meeting their requirements can be a delicate task.

5. The ink on your C2A victory is still fresh. In what ways do you anticipate the award impacting your credibility and reputation in the creative industry, and how do you envision leveraging this recognition as you move forward?

Overall, my choice to enter an award category demonstrates a forward-thinking approach to career development and a dedication to pushing the boundaries of design in my business.

6. Networking and collaboration are integral to growth. Have you already seen opportunities or partnerships emerge as a result of your C2A win, and how do you foresee these connections shaping your future in the industry?

Winning an award instantly boosts your credibility in the design industry. It becomes a conversation starter and makes others more inclined to connect with you.

Exceptional Product Packaging - Mark Hutton's signature touch of elegance and innovation

7. Immediate effects aside, do you foresee winning the C2A Award influencing the demand for your services or products in the near future?

Your award can open doors to projects and collaborations that you might not have had access to otherwise. Fellow designers, agencies, and clients may seek my expertise based on my award-winning status.

8. As a recent C2A Award winner, what aspects of the experience have you found most valuable, and would you encourage others in the creative industry to consider participating?

I recognized that participating in such competitions provides a unique platform to showcase my creative prowess and gain industry recognition

9. Looking ahead, do you see yourself applying for the next edition of the C2A Awards, and what aspects of the competition would motivate you to participate again?

If I had new work coming out that I think merits entering into another award then yes I would think about it again.

10. Staying current is an ongoing challenge. How do you currently keep abreast of new industry trends, and are there any emerging trends you’re excited to incorporate into your work?

Keep an eye on industry reports and surveys conducted by design organizations. These can provide valuable insights into emerging trends and challenges.

11. Future gazing: what plans and aspirations are on the horizon for you, and how do you anticipate your creative journey evolving over time?

Analyze the branding and design strategies of successful companies and brands. These case studies can offer insights into what’s working in the design world.

12. Zooming in on your recent triumph, what inspired the winning project you submitted to the C2A Awards?

Entering my Canongate whisky packaging work into a design award was a strategic move to gain recognition, enhance my career, attract clients, and set myself apart in the competitive design industry. It showcases my commitment to excellence in the field and positions me as a top-notch designer.

Mark Hutton’s Design Odyssey

Thank you for joining us on this insightful journey into the world of design with Mark Hutton, the visionary mind-shaping Hutton Creative Design. Mark’s passion, forward-thinking approach, and dedication to pushing the boundaries of design shine through in his recent C2A Awards triumph for the Canongate Whisky Packaging project. As he continues to impact the creative industry, we look forward to witnessing the evolution of Mark’s illustrious career and the innovative designs that will undoubtedly captivate us in the future. Stay tuned for more inspirations and design revelations from the brilliant Mark Hutton.


More about Mark Hutton and the Project:

C2A – Mark Hutton – Honorable Mention in Beverage / Packaging

Canongate Whisky Packaging – VIDEO:

Other C2A Honorable Mentions:

2023 Honorable Mentions