My definition of design has evolved over the past few years and along side the projects and clients I have worked with. Some of the most integral parts of design or design practice as I would now define those is as follows. Good design is nearly always is built on a foundation of planning, organization(really just more planning), and the team. This morning I came across this 10 house time-lapse of an Amish barn raising and it got me thinking on this subject. Shot in Ohio by Scott Miller this video captures and embodies in my mind perfection in the practice of design.
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Michael Cina has been one of my favorite artists and designers for many years. I think it has to do partially with how different his process and work is from mine. Where I tend to be more focussed on grids, organization and removal of unnecessary things. Cina pushes the boundaries in all of those areas. His deeply textural designs feature rich colors and a variety of weights that give an extremely lively and organic feeling to them.
This logo and label design Cina recently completed for California wine maker Vinca Minor. Their farming and wine production is all done based on organic practices and are help to the highest standards. Grown in the Redwood Valley outside of Mendocino California. Their wines are aged for 45 days in neutral oak barrels sticking with their philosophy of minimal intervention. The 85 year old Carigan vines result in a clean and smooth medium bodied wine with plenty of crackly pepper and spice. You can order online or find it in retailers throughout California.
If we have any hope of ever actually changing our actual impact on this planet we need to take a serious look at the simple things we use passively and discard without a thought. Packing and shipping materials are a great example of this. Especially in the age of internet shopping. Royal College of Art graduate Yu-Chang Chou designed these ingenious reusable shipping pouches simply titled RePack.
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The hip younger New Yorker is shifting away from the Hamptons or Montauk getaways for something a little more personal. The Graham and Co represents a new crop of beautifully designed little boutique hotels cropping up in the Catskills, Adirondacks and the entirety of New England. With a focus on design and comfort these types of hotels offer a unique experience and access to nature that hotels are normally entirely devoid of. Somewhere between a bed and breakfast, a camp style family getaway and a hotel TG&C is definitely on our travel list for 2014.
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After a weekend away we have arrive back to our desks with heavy hearts. Today we mourn the loss of our friend, mentor and champion of design Massimo Vignelli. Our work and our approach to design have been and will continue to be influenced by the work and insight Vignelli shared with the world during his life. Thank you and goodbye Massimo!
Some times things are better without too many words. I will introduce this video by Emily Julka only as good design, great food and amazing moments captured.
Don’t forget to checkout Stella’s Bakery and have a great holiday weekend!
The branding, bottle designs and packaging of hot sauce and condiment companies in general has long been an interest of mind. Years before I even knew what a logo was or “packaging design” meant I would wander the aisles of Guido’s, the Berkshire Co-op or one of the other specialty markets in the area I spent my childhood in and take in the texture that all the labels and containers created together. Even then certain things, that I now have specific terms for like composition or contrast, stuck out and distinguished specific items on the shelf.
Packaging for these types of products is always a delicate recipe of the following. One to communicate what type of product it is. Two to share the philosophy or aesthetic of the company and its contents. Three and likely the most important component is to help that product stand out from its counter parts.
The branding and design of James Nelson and Jeremiah Tallerine’s Bravado Spice Co to me is a wonderful demonstration of those constraints. Designed by Joel Owen Schierloh would definitely be on my shortlist if I came across it perusing the shelves today. I am also very curious how my younger self would have view it.
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Chipotle to this day remains both an innovator and the singularly respectable company in the fast food industry. From their approach to ingredients sourcing(local if and when possible), to their unique and forward thinking human resources approach and the simplicity of their menus Chipoltle has not only re-envisioned fast-food they have helped to change how we think about food.
They are now taking it one step forward. Now cups, bags and other collateral adorning your order will feature a brief essay from a curated selection of authors, journalists, and comedians. The collection is called ‘Cultivating Thought’ and was curated by Jonathan Safran Foer (author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). The contributors include George Saunders, Malcolm Gladwell, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, a piece by Foer himself and five other. These scraps of paper may not be the next collectable fad, but they are sure to make your face stuffing experience a little more cultured.
Here in New York over the past few years we have seen a large shift back to the grand hotels of the past. Places like the recently opened The Marlton Hotel fit into this category and in addition to adding beautiful accommodations to the texture of the city they bring a wonderful hospitality too. The lobby, restaurant and most importantly the bar are wonderful places to pause and catch a bit of relaxation or have a casual meeting. Whether you have just in Manhattan or if you simply find yourself looking for a good place to grab a beverage in the West Village I highly recommend stopping by The Marlton Hotel.
Everyone has their ritual either at home, on the jaunt to work, or after the morning run. Personally I tend towards grabbing a coffee on my way into the office, but the Ratio Eight looks like it may change that habit.
We designed the Eight with the ideal balance of form to function. The clear blown-glass and warm black walnut flush-up against machine-sculpted aluminum for a staunch juxtaposition. Every angle and alignment is measured down to the tenth of a millimeter, all for a singular, refined efficiency.
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As a designer myself who usually resides on the minimalist end of the spectrum Sans Form is right up my alley. A small independent brand they make beautifully designed and printed shirts, prints and bags. With a focus on the right materials whether they be soft or durable and inks that truly pop the resulting goods are of a truly great quality. They have designed most of their products themselves but have initiated a series of collaborations with Italian graphic designer Alessandro Scarpellini and they will be continuing in this fashion releasing collections with other designers in the future.
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Well lets clink some glass because its f’ing Friday. No need for a flashback. I am more in the mood for a blur forward. So lets all raise a bottle, glass, tumbler or any type of vessel your dram is best enjoyed from. Here is an awesome set of bottle designs by the always inspiring Jon Contino for Volga Beer.
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It’s always funny what you miss when you have your head down working. I only recently became aware of the fact that typography’s most prolific contemporary duo had split ways in a less than amicable fashion. Prior to splitting up Hoefler & Frere-Jones built one of the greatest reputations and collections of type in our generation. This video was directed and produced by Dress Code for AIGA in celebration of H+FJ’s 2013 AIGA Medal.
Switzerland to this day has been one of my favorite travel destinations. This video titled Bern Hyperlapsed captures Switzerland’s capitol Bern using hyper-lapse photography. It was composed of 3500 individual photos shot during 2013 and 2014.
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Its not exactly a Beer Friday. As I scan the horizon for a glimmer of spring I have been searching a cocktail that will infuse me with the resolve to make it through another 2 months of winter. Gamsei in Munich, Germany has created their own brand of cocktails. Focused on foraged ingredients, herbs, and a timeless presentation. They have taken this unique approach far further than the glass. To design their bar, which looks far more like the lab of a farmer turned scientist, they commissioned Buero Wagner. The resulting space is both stark and comfortable through a combination of a limited materials palette, warm natural woods, and a utilitarian layout. Another unique quality of Gamsei’s space is how they have located the bar tenders in the center of the space and instead of tucking them in behind a bar drinks are prepared on a center island. This helps to add a familiarity and comfort that is rarely present at most mixology driven bars.
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Design thinking has been able to simplify and improve so many areas of our daily life. Despite that it hasn’t translated to some of the most obvious other industries. Healthcare and specifically prescription drugs still come in antiquated packages which require a new plastic tube all too frequently. PillPack team up with IDEO to “Disrupt the Drugstore”. They have not only improved upon the packaging, but also the management and delivery of medication. Your two week supply is delivered to you by mail and each individual dose is sealed in small tearaway pouches on a roll. Tear off you morning and evening dose, slip them in your pocket and head out for the day. No need to pack your tube or pillbox.
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The articles and stories put out by The Great Discontent, since it launched in 2011 have always captured insightful and beautiful portraits. They interview and write about the people we are inspired by and those we share our creative pursuits with. So when I have the opportunity to participate in a project of theirs at Brooklyn Beta in 2012 the answer was a resounding YES! Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am a bit of a talker, but film interviews have never really been my favorite. Despite that I am happy to have been a part of the Two Minutes with TGD project. A big thank you to Ryan and Tina, and if you haven’t seen their TGD Magazine Kickstarter you still have 14 days to back it.
For all the time we spending using calendars, todo lists, and organization tools both digital and analog. It is very apparent that most of them force the user to bend to the will of the program and its capabilities. Peek offers a “more human” approach that includes smile intuitive touch interactions paired with fun sounds and a shake for a recommendation of sorts that is the delight calendars have been missing. Some of the things that a user may encounter could help make you a better friend or make you enjoy life a little more fully. Kudos to the folks at Peek for taking a different approach to a, usually mundane digital product. Pop over to the App Store and give it a try.
Both my parents have collected matchboxes from their travels, near and far for all my life. Somewhere along the way I started a collection of my own. The design and function matchboxes as an object are usually distinctly separate and usually intend to convey the brand or message of the place they are from first and accomplish the task of creating fire second. Strike is a collection of reimagined matchboxes that come in fun colors and a variety of sizes. Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck teamed up to design the set for HAY, the Danish product design studio.
The common matchbox is used almost exclusiving for advertising while the intricate red phosphorus pattern along the sides are secondary to the advert. Strike honors the activity of creating a flame.