Do you have a package you’ve been thinking about updating?

Do you have ideas for a new package but you’re not sure if it can be done?

Are you looking for a second opinion on a package design you are creating?

Bring a sample to the conference and try speed dating! You might find just the designer to execute your ideas.

Affinity Creative

We embraced the name Affinity for a reason: Our solutions establish rapport between brands and customers. Striking presentation gives purpose to a concept and sets it apart. And that’s why you're here, right? With time-tested savvy and a client-centered outlook, you can see why Shakespeare once said of us, “Though they be but little, they are fierce.” You’ve made a killer product, now together we can make it unforgettable because, let's face it, appearances are everything.

We get it. You don’t need anyone re-writing your story—it’s what makes you so very un-ordinary, which is why we believe conveying your YOU-ness effectively is the surest way to building a brand with staying power. We’re also committed to collaboration, efficiency and being nice. Because the best products begin not as a vision but as a fragment, a scribble on a napkin or an unfinished thought. We’re here to help you translate the intangible into, well, something you can pick up and pour into a glass.

  Berlin Packaging | Scott Jost

Since joining Berlin Packaging in 2003, Scott Jost has led design, innovation and engineering functions including management of Berlin’s Studio One Eleven design division. Today he serves as Vice President of Innovation and Design. Jost holds undergraduate degrees in technical illustration from St. Louis College and industrial design from Purdue University, a dual MBA in marketing and strategy from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His primary focus for more than 20 years has been consumer-packaged goods branding. His client list spans categories from food and beverage to medical devices and includes firms such as AB-InBev, Baxter Healthcare, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Medtronic, Nestlé, Novartis, Pfizer and Procter & Gamble. Jost holds numerous U.S. and international utility and design patents and is a member of the Industrial Design Society of America, the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the American Marketing Association.

  BrandMade | Bill Kerr

With more than a decade of experience working with brands of all sizes—from family businesses to the behemoths of the Fortune 500—Bill Kerr’s passion is helping clients reach their customers in new and engaging ways. As partner and creative director, Kerr and the BrandMade team have a proven track record of delivering tremendous ROI by crafting brands focused on the consumer and by collaborating closely with his clients. He and the rest of the Sonoma, Calif.-based BrandMade team have won numerous national and international design awards. The company’s winery clientele includes Lynmar Estate, Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery, Cline Family Cellars, Ammunition Wines, Terra de Promissio, Folio Fine Wine Partners and Rally Point Wines.

  Sara Nelson Design | Sara Nelson

For nearly 20 years, the staff designers and illustrators at Sara Nelson Design have created award-winning logos, marketing collateral, packaging and signage for clients both local and national. The company is particularly noted for its work in the wine industry.

  Swig Studio | Paul Morales & Kevin Roberson

Swig is a design studio in San Francisco, Calif., specializing in packaging for spirits, wine and beer. Founded in 2005 by Paul Morales and Kevin Roberson, we’ve helped name, design and launch dozens of drinks brands. Surrounded by a high-end sake shop, world-class mixologists and a German brewpub in our Hayes Valley neighborhood, we understand a thing or two about modern beverage consumers. We are a small shop that places high value on creativity and relationships, and believe the best results come from respectful collaboration with our clients. We are confident in our ability to create distinctive and alluring packaging that meets your strategic objectives. We also have a lot of fun doing it.


  Thermostat | Shawn Rosenberger

Shawn Rosenberger is the principal and creative director of Thermostat, a creative agency with expertise in emotive brand identity and package design, located in Berkeley, Calif. He leads the direction of projects to create engaging brand stories that build brand equity, increase sales and create consumer advocates. He has worked with wineries large and small to help launch a new brand, revitalize a tired portfolio or extend a brand into other marketing touch points and opportunities.

Prior to forming Thermostat in 2008, Rosenberger worked as design director at Turner Duckworth, an international brand identity and consumer packaging agency and as senior designer at Icon Wine Estates (now Constellation Wines). The work of Rosenberger and Thermostat have won many international awards and been published in books such as The Package Design Book, The Art and Design of Contemporary Wine Labels, How, Print and Communication Arts magazines.