Miller High Life
Miller High Life
Miller High Life
Miller High Life
Miller High Life
Miller High Life
Miller High Life

Miller High Life

Landor Associates, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2010


Project brief: Originally launched in 1903, Miller High Life soon became one of the premier high-end beers in the United States and remained so for many years. It was offered in distinctive, clear glass bottles reminiscent of champagne bottles, and was commonly referred to as “the champagne of beers.” The Girl in the Moon illustration and the Miller soft cross logo also became recognized symbols associated with this preeminent American brand.

Despite its iconic nature and having once been Miller Brewing Company’s flagship brand, over time Miller High Life was re-priced and repositioned as a below-premium beer, which resulted in a negative shift in consumer perception. It was time to reinvigorate the premium-beer-without-a-premium-price essence of High Life with a package design that would showcase the brand’s high quality and heritage.

Approach: Given Miller High Life’s heritage, our firm saw an opportunity to celebrate its hundred-plus-year history and make the brand more successful than it had ever been. To improve consumer perceptions, we returned to the brand’s most iconic elements—the soft cross, the proprietary champagne-like bottle, and Girl in the Moon—and contemporized them. By stepping away from traditional below-premium segment semiotics such as ice, heavy gradients and angled type, and simplifying the overall visual expression, we moved Miller High Life into a more premium territory.

Effectiveness: The new packaging and visual identity have allowed the franchise to stretch successfully beyond the below-premium segment, compete against more premium brands and support a higher price point. The new design received an enthusiastic response internally at the 2010 MillerCoors annual distributors conference. It has also been praised externally on design blogs, honored as the second-best identity of 2010 on Brand New and third-best packaging of 2010 on The Dieline.

Juror Notes

We’ll drink to that.

Collections: AIGA 365: Design Effectiveness (2011)
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Package design
Format: Package, Product


Design firm
Landor Associates, San Francisco
Creative director
Tosh Hall
Andy Baron, Tosh Hall
Chris Mitchell
Timothy Hogan
Project manager
Jean-Pierre Sabarots