Own Label: Sainsbury’s Design Studio: 1962 – 1977


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Jonny Trunk, FUEL


A new expanded edition of this must-have book for all graphic designers

In 1962, when Peter Dixon joined the Sainsbury’s Design Studio, a remarkable revolution in packaging design began. The supermarket was developing its distinctive range of Own Label products, and Dixon’s designs for the line were revolutionary: simple, stripped down, creative, and completely different from what had gone before. Their striking modernity pushed the boundaries, reflecting a period full of optimism. They also helped build Sainsbury’s into a brand giant, the first real ‘Super’ market of the time. This book examines and celebrates this paradigm shift that redefined packaging design, and led to the creation of some of the most original packaging ever seen.

Produced in collaboration with the Sainsbury family and The Sainsbury Archive, the book reveals an astonishing and exhaustive body of work. A unique insight into what and how we ate, the packaging is presented using both scanned original flat packets and photographic records made at the time by the design team.

An essential book for graphic designers and those interested in the culture of consumerism, these designs remain fresh and relevant today. This feast of nostalgia taps into the fond memories of a generation brought up on these beautifully packaged goods.

Additional information

Weight 808 g
Dimensions 18.4 x 22.2 cm
Publisher name FUEL Design & Publishing
Publication date 16 September 2019
Number of pages 240
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell
Dimensions 18.4 x 22.2 cm
Weight 808 g


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Jonny Trunk is an English writer, broadcaster and DJ as well as the owner and founder of Trunk Records.