Algorithm designs seven million different jars of Nutella

An algorithm has usurped the traditional role of a designer to generate millions of unique packaging designs for Nutella.

The algorithm pulled from a database of dozens of patterns and colours to create seven million different versions of Nutella’s graphic identity, which have been splashed across the front of jars in Italy.

Nutella’s manufacturer Ferrero worked with advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather Italia on the project, titled Nutella Unica.

The agency describes each Nutella Unica jar as being “like a piece of art”, stamped with its own unique code so it can be authenticated by collectors.

The seven million jars were sold through Italian supermarkets, where Ogilvy & Mather says they sold out in one month. The agency also created an online and television advertising campaign around the packaging design.

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