Tag Archives: packaging

friday blinks – 4/20/12

20 Apr

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks. Looks like I almost made an all-video post without trying. Huh…

Portland Creative Mornings with Kate Bingaman Burt

Create. Share. Repeat. Draw every day. As you can see from the video, Kate is extremely entertaining and super energetic! I’m super excited to see her speak live at WMCfest 2012!
(via Adam Garcia/twitter) (via Kate Bingaman Burt/twitter)

Good Books “Metamorphosis”

An insanely-visual trip to a rather normal book website, Good Books. Also, the Behind-the-Scenes look from concept to completion. Concept by String Theory and directed by Buck.
(via Chris Allen)

Smokeable book for Snoop

Leave it to Snoop (with help from creative agency Pereira & O’Dell) to think up this doozy. A book made of rolling paper pages, a hemp tweed cover, and a matchstick striker spine. I don’t think this one will last very long in the public library system. Posted this on 4/20 without trying. Self high five.
(via Drea Zlanabitnig/twitter)

Erik Spiekermann puts the face back in typeface

This is always teamwork. Work in teams and change the place you live in. Get in there and break things open. Graphic design CAN changes lives. I hope I’m in the right place at the right time and work with some fantastic people as Mr. Spiekermann has.
(via Erik Spiekermann/twitter)

Prima Peaches packaging
Awesome 3-color packaging, label, and set of icons for southern California grower, Prima, designed/illustrated by Patrick Macomber.
(via Patrick Macomber/twitter)

friday blinks – 2/17/12

17 Feb

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

The Pauses “A Cautionary Tale” CD packaging
Album made to look like a beat up Golden Book and a cd that looks like a vinyl record, featuring design & artwork by Travis Lampe. Really cool looking piece. I had to look them up and listen to a few tracks. Pretty good stuff.
(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Inconceivible wine package design
The Princess Bride Custom Wine Packaging System for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema highlights this hilarious movie with awesome illustrations, type, and a wonderful 3-color design. The overlapping heads to form the chalice is fantastic.
(via Mike Metz/twitter)

Buddy League documentary
The trailer gave me chills. What a great story and idea. Type by Jeff Rogers.
(via Jeff Rogers/twitter)

Explosions in the Sky poster process
Another amazing “making of” video from DKNG for their Explosions In The Sky gig poster.
(via Mathew Shamloo/twitter)

New Theatre’s new look
Created by the Sydney office of Interbrand, this fresh look on an 80 year-old theater is incredible. From the mark down to the signage, buttons, stencil, clothing, bags, and tickets. Ughhhh, those tickets. So good.
(via David Sizemore/twitter)

friday blinks – 1/6/12

6 Jan

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

What I Learned This Year 2011 by Scott Hill
Fantastic points about design and life by Denver-based Scott Hill.
(via Scott Hill/twitter)

Q&A with Hannes Beer
Short interview about Mr. Beer’s 365 project, The All Day Everyday Project. I’ve been keeping up with this since day one. Impressive that he creates some of those pieces within an hour.
(via Hannes Beer/twitter)

The Dieline’s year-end wrap-up
Nice list to get back into the swing of things after the break.
(via David Sizemore/twitter)

Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year
Pantone announces it’s 2012 color of the year: Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
(via Dave Waite/twitter)

Brazilian Police/type designers
Very interesting and smart concept. A signature with heroin and assault rifles.
(via Under Consideration/twitter)

In other news…
This year, I contributed to Chris Streger’s To Resolve Project. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a great way for designers to publicly announce their New Year’s resolutions with great design. Here’s my contribution.

friday blinks – 12/2/11

2 Dec

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

2012 Studio On Fire Desk Calendar
The 2012 letterpress desk calendar, the Positive Apocalypse Edition from Studio On Fire. Killer colors. Lovely printing.
(via Tuesday Bassen/twitter)

Hairy Lipsum Generator
The manliest of greeked-in text, Hair Lipsum has some serious chops. Mutton Chops, that is.
Plus, any latin text containing Ned Flanders, Milkshake issues, and Ron Burgundy wins.
(via The Creative Finder/twitter)

Type Fight
Really sweet idea. Designers Drew Roper and Ryan Paule  go head-to-head with their type creations every week and lets the internet decide the winner.
(via Riley Cran/twitter)

Thanksgiving Name Cards
These amazing little cards were hand-created by the very talented James T. Edmondson.
(via Dribbble/James T. Edmondson/dribbble)

Staying Strong Under Stress
Wonderful article about how to keep calm and have rational thought when things get nuts.
(via James Victore/twitter)

Þorsteinn Beer Brand concept
Single color ink on clear bottles. Line drawings, patterns, or shapes. So simple, so freakin’ awesome.
(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

In other news…
I made a post about the Moveable Type Truck’s visit to Roanoke this past Saturday. It was my favorite post to write so far and I’ve been getting some really nice feedback about it, too, which is really nice to hear. Thanks again to Ad2Roanoke and Kyle Durrie (Miss Moveable Type Truck) for making this extremely awesome event happen! And thank you to all for the lovely comments.

Joe Geis

23 May

Joe Geis is a NYC-based graphic designer, who currently works for Myspace as a design strategist. I’m guessing that has to deal with a fair amount of research, concepting, and mass quantities of caffeine. It sounds like doing that type of work would be a lot of fun, and definitely keep you on the forefront of what’s happening on the interwebs and in design. Of course, I could be horribly wrong and Joe might hate what he does.

He also is the co-Founder and creative director of Formatic Clothing. Having a clothing company of my own, I really dig the designs and concepts behind Formatic. It’s like the ‘do it now and see what happens’ approach. Big, bold, but personal.

What really stands out to me about Joe’s work is the typography. Even if he’s not using a super clean typeface, it’s simple and effective. He seems to have a knack for branding; whether it would be for a singer/band, record label, or for a clothing company.

Great stuff, Joe! Thanks for the inspiration and for following on twitter.

Ty Mattson

18 May


Ty Mattson is an Irvine, CA-based graphic designer, illustrator, interactive designer, and principal of Mattson Creative. He’s worked with such big-name brands as ABC, Apple, Cartoon Network, Coke, and Discovery Channel. What caught my eye was the series of poster designs he did for the Showtime show Dexter, which if you haven’t seen yet, block off a week or two and get caught up. The time lapse video is a fantastic peek into the mind of Ty Mattson and into the Dexter series. Knowing the meaning behind the illustrated objects makes this series even better. Here’s more about the Dexter posters.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for letterpress and birth announcements. Ty’s design of his son’s birth announcement is spot on. Perfect!

He also runs his business out of an old lima bean processing warehouse built in 1895. It’s really cool how they kept a lot of the old feel of the building and tied it in with the fresh, new materials. Check it out.

Great stuff, Ty. Keep it up and thanks for the inspiration!

(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Evan Stremke

13 May

Evan Stremke is a Madison, WI-based graphic designer, illustrator, and all-around creative thinker. He’s currently working for Planet Propaganda, but does a fair amount of work on the side. Evan seems to have somewhat of an obsession with history. What was the reason it happened, the impact it caused, and the aftermath of the event all seem to be part of each piece he creates. One of his on-going projects is the Invitation to an Assassination series. Not only does it glorify the person who’s life was cut short, but what role these powerful leaders had in our society.

Another project Evan is working on and just announced earlier this week is his Momentus Project. He describes it as “The visualization of the most defining moments in United States history.” This list includes wars, expeditions, the birth of flight, natural and man-made catastrophes, and presidential elections. I can’t wait to see some of these summed up in one image. It’s bound to be strong and meaningful.

Check out Evan’s thoughts on twitter, shots on dribbble, and his DesignerMX mix, too.

Thank you for the inspiration, Evan. I’m excited to see what’s to come.

(via Darren Booth/twitter)

John Passafiume

10 May


John Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer who has created some really impressive stuff. He works for Louise Fili in NYC; a logo, packaging, restaurant, and book design specialist, where he has created a book cover for the new Steven Heller/Louis Fili colaboration, Scripts, as well as the always awesome, Blue Q. Although John’s done some outstanding work at his 9-5, the piece that really stands out to me is a hand-lettered wedding invitation for his friends, Alex & Adela.

Before John joined the corporate design world, he spent 700 hours creating a 32 x 40 inch, hand-drawn/typeset masterpiece he calls “(Process).” He said this piece was a kind of backlash against modern design culture and pop culture in general. I’d say so. Hand typesetting a piece of that size and that much small type is crazy, especially since he created this while taking time off from using his computer because of some wrist trouble (carpal tunnel?).

All of that work wasn’t all for naught. John has won such honors as “Best of Student Work” and a Gold Louie at the XXIV Louie Awards in Louisville, a “Best of Show” at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications National Student Show, where he also received a scholarship for typography from Neenah Paper. He also won a trip to New York for the 87th Art Director’s Club of NY Awards, where he was the only student participant to win a “Gold Cube.” Passafiume was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which is widely known as “the Oscars of the design world,” where he won his category, Print Communications. “(Process)” was also selected to be in Print Magazine‘s 2009 Regional Design Annual, and at the National American Advertising Federation (AAF) Addy Awards in Atlanta, he took home the “Gold Award” and “Special Judge’s Award.” John was honored with The 55th Type Director’s Club Competition’s “Citation of Typographic Excellence” and was selected as “Judge’s Choice.”  The piece has been shown in galleries around the world, including China, Argentina, Ireland and Malaysia, and a design professor in Tokyo has asked for a copy of the piece to show his typography students.

Fantastic work, John!

(via Dan Cassaro/twitter)

Ed Nacional

9 May

Ed Nacional is a NYC-based freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer with a cool style. His designs are simple and graphic and have a vintage feel (60s, 70s), sometimes utilizing textures, other times as clean as they come. Ed has done editorial illustration work for Time Magazine, The New York Times, and Money Magazine, all having a clever sense of humor about them. His info graphics are wonderful and smart. When necessary, he’s even used old newspaper or from his collection of neck ties (acquired from his dad, bought at flea markets, or thrift stores, as well as a few brand new ones) to create type. Very cool, Ed!

(via The Live Now Project)