In our opinion there is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to tip back a few cold ones with family and friends and fire up the grill. We posted this awesome branding by Matthew Genitempo for a fictitious beer company a while back, but it’s so perfect to celebrate independence day. Wish we could cheers some America beers.
Summer is definitely the season of food trucks and the El Camino food truck looks like a true gem. Designed by the super talented folks over at Savvy Studio, this truck features some amazing hand painted signage and graphics all over it. The attention to detail is enlightened. With every little element beautifully branded and lightly kissed with design. Certainly making us hungry on this Thursday morning.
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Aaron Draplin has long since been a hero of mine. From his no holds barred style of design to his fervent love for the design history and the logos of a bygone better time. Also when talking about Draplin it is always necessary to mention the amazing talks he has graced the globe with. His energy and love what he does is infectious and you are sure to have a great time in the audience listening to him.
Now on to this awesome little video made for the tutorial folks at Lynda. Draplin throws down an amazing little logo work session from concept and sketch through to some refinement on the computer. In just 15 minutes the amount of iterations and insight that he shares with us is a true testament to his skill.
Magnets are so often under thought and under designed objects. These little wooden magnets were inspired by the forms of traditional Japanese pottery. The resulting objects add a nice bit of delight to an otherwise mundane way of affixing things. They are also for sale over in The Spoon & Tomago shop.
As I am on a serious health kick that involves a strict zero alcohol policy I thought replacing Beer Friday with a newly coined Fermentation Friday would be a fun idea. I have become progressively more obsessed with lacto-fermented foods and especially vegetables as of late. One such infatuation has been with kimchi and one of my two favorite brands is from a little family outfit called Mama O’s. The depth of flavor and the rich sweetness envelops your mouth while a sour spicy kick slaps your tongue. Stay tuned as I hope to introduce a few other of my favorite fermented products on the next couple of Fridays.
With everyone these days calling themselves photographers its rare to come across such amazing work among all the static. Sean Mundy creates amazing stark and graphic compositions of seemingly alternate realities. Keep up with the young Canadian photographer on his Tumblr.
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I have been enamored with Japanese culture, design, and food ever since I can remember. This documentary coming out this year promises to tell the lesser known story of how saké comes to life. The Birth of Saké aims to capture the beauty and intensity it takes to turn a simple grain into the luscious and vibrant liquid.
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There is something supremely perfect about a cabin in the woods. This one designed by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter in Femundsmarka National Park in Southern Scandinavia is truly one of a kind. The simple log cabin design is elevated through its interesting asymmetrical X footprint and the stark expanses of bare wood both inside and out.
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When Spring rolls around we always get a bit more giddy about anything bike related. So when someone emailed us about these gorgeous Bread Winner Cycles you can imagine how our eyes lit up. Like a lot of the interesting American made products being manufactured these days BWC is based out of the Northwest in Portland, Oregon. We are definitely going to save up for one of these amazing machines.
Video by James Wilson
If only every airport was this beautifully designed or ingenious. Airport terminals are often the least inspired part of the travel experience. The Narita International Airport new terminal 3 excels in some of my favorite areas. The minimalist architecture coupled with the hyper-functionality of the way finding and environmental signage creates an interesting and engaging space like none I have seen before. The design for this project was a collaborative undertaking by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei, design agency Party, and the Muji furniture division.
Photography by Kenta Hasegawa
As the cold and gloom seems to just keep dragging on we are escaping to the more pleasant climes of the West Coast. In honor of this little journey I thought for Beer Friday this week it only made sense to feature something California related. Luckily I recently heard about Angel City Brewery and their mission to revitalize the old Eastside Brewery. Los Angeles is rarely on anyone’s mind when they think of the craft beer movement that is speckled across the Western edge of the country. With a space historically built for brewing and a vibrant nod to that past ACB looks like it is poised to make a nice change in the suds scene in LA. Excited to go an check it out on this visit.
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Some people may argue, but I think there is always room for another graphic design related documentary. Graphic Means just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign. Film maker and director Briar Levit aims to explore and share the techniques and tools behind the profession.
Being a hot sauce, salsa, and general condiment enthusiast you can bet your ass I am in love with Baron Batch’s Angry Man Salsa. I was lucky enough to taste some at a friends apartment, but have been unable to get my hands on anymore as it is completely sold out for the time being. In addition to be enamored by the simple perfection of flavor I am of course swooning over their packaging and identity. Those designs were carried out by the now shuttered Foundry Co.
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Designed by Naturehumaine, the Bolton Residence in Eastern Quebec takes its form from traditional barns in the surrounding countryside. Cantilevered on a wooded hillside. The volume appears to jut out of the hill and as a result provides an amazing perspective of the down into the valley.
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On a recent trip to London we were offered some accommodations with some family friends Fran Giffard and David Wightman. Our stay with them ended up being the most delightful and inspirational part of our trip. The entire time they apologized for their “extremely shabby flat” while we reminded and assured them that it was infinitely more cozy, clean and comfortable than New Yorkers are used to.
They are both artists, and work from home and so we ended up having lengthy conversations about process, commissioned work, gallery snafus and life. The most remarkable part was that we ended up getting a lengthy tour of David’s studio. Where he showed us in detail the methodical process behind his work and the never-ending search for refinement and purity in color.
This renovated ancient stone house is truly stunning. The original elements that were retained provide a sharp juxtaposition with the clean lines of the new modern fixtures and furnishings. This crisp and airy dwelling demonstrates the standout skills of Swiss architecture firm of Wespi de Meuron Romeo.
This concept allows on the one hand the authentic conservation of the historic stone façade, which tells the history of the house and on the other hand, it generates zenith light for the rooms with exceptional light reflections. It would not have been possible otherwise to get sunlight into the rooms, in such a village structure with narrow streets.
After visiting Barcelona in February I am so disappointed I didn’t get to check out Garage Beer Co. It seems like they are only getting up to steam now and are still operating out of what looks like a really awesome garage. Craft beer and micro-brewing is yet to catch on in Europe the way it has in the US. It is always nice to see someone taking the risk. Their straightforward branding and the associations of the name are really spot on. Hopefully I will make over their again before too long and will get to taste their carpark creations. Happy Beer Friday and cheers!
Restaurant branding and design are always some of my favorite projects to work on and also to view or experience. I am sure that stems from the constant push and pull between art and food during my childhood. That said I am in love with the branding which Triboro did for the Narcissa the new restaurant at The Standard East on Bowery. The combination of a hand penciled script and playful rough painted graphics pairs perfectly to create a nice textural identity. The design makes it feel as if the food will have some ingenuity of its own to showcase. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I am hopefully it will live up to its design.
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The fact that Massimo Vignelli is no longer with us is something that has stuck with me. When I saw “Timeless: Massimo Vignelli” posted on AisleOne it made me smile. Vignelli’s impact on design is still strong and this collection of original and inspired works is proof of that. The show is up until April 18th, 2015 at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain.
The poster above was designed by Mash Creative.
It seems like in the current startup culture each new idea seems more bleak and boring than the last. Thankfully Paperspace has offered some much needed light in the otherwise dark bland technology landscape. The strongest part of their idea will also present the most difficult problem to solve, which is simplifying access and configuration of remote computing power. I am excited to see how their product evolves and what effect they have on personal and enterprise computing.