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.
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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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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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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!
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.
This ingenious and simple design by Tsuyoshi Hayashi repurposes discarded Japanese roof tiles. The resulting chairs are both innately Japanese and the addition of colors is amazing.
“Japanese roof tiles are fired at 1200 degrees celsius, much higher than the 800 degree temperature of European tiles, meaning that they can hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs.”
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The design of Vipp products and their home fixtures have always been some of my favorites. Their newest projects has already garnered a Wallpaper Design Award. Simply named the Vipp Shelter, it is a minimalist lovers dream. A prefab solution to a simple, sleek, no frills sort of home. I have to say I love every element of this living space both inside and out. The price per square meter might be a little steep, but just take a look and see for yourself(180 square feet and priced at $585k).
As a business and design model I have always been inspired by Ikea, however it has been quite a while since any of their designs have really caught my attention. Sinnerlig definitely has though. Designed in collaboration with British designers Studioisle. Due to release around the globe in August the collection features furniture, home goods and fixtures all made out of cork or a subdued palette of other natural materials and fibers.
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A little beer history for you on this lovely Friday. The design for these commemorative cans was carried out by San Francisco based Landor Associates.
“From its origin as the beverage of choice at Colorado miner banquets to its high-quality ingredients, Coors Banquet is the one and only beer that exemplifies the legendary timeless western spirit. The Banquet Beer celebrates its rich heritage with the limited release of three special edition pint designs, each commemorating an iconic symbol that has made Coors Banquet The Legend Since 1873.”
I have long been fascinated by the graphic design and art direction of movies. The products, spaces and often times completely fabricated environments goes so far beyond the scope of what a normal graphic designer is responsible for. Their designs must toe the line between realistic but also perfectly nuanced for the subject matter. I recently saw “The Imitation Game” and the design of all the early technology and cryptographic drawings were remarkable. So when I stumbled across a post about MinaLima on FastCo. I was super excited to read more about them. They have worked on a wide range of movies we all know and love with a truly inspiring breadth of work and depth of skill. Take a look at some of these images capturing their work on the true story of Alan Turing and if you haven’t caught it yet its definitely worth a watch.
The clean and crisp work of Anagrama is always an inspiration to me. Their ability to distill ideas into such beautiful designs is amazing. They recently added a ton of new projects to their site, and after perusing it I am so impressed and in love with so much of their recent work. Pictured here is a small selection of my favorites.
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A little hiatus from beer and an even longer break from posting has come to an end. Also as the cold weather sets in we in Northeast have begun dreaming of warmer sun dappled climes. In that spirit this week we raise a glass, or can, of Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing in Arizona for all of those folks stuck in the frigid regions. The playful color palette and can design of MR. P is that exact type of vibrance that helps us get through darker shorter days.
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Today we launch our Fall/Winter 2014 collection, which albeit a small release is perfectly timed for the arrival of the cold weather. Thanks for all the support and go take a look at all the great new clothing, accessories and prints.
Knowlita remains one of my favorite “clients” and one of the projects I get to the most fulfillment from. Having control and being involved on every step of the process from concept to packing and shipping orders changes ones perspective. Its less about creating beautiful graphics and artwork and more about delivering a thoroughly realized idea or package to your audiences. Over a fun and arduous first year we have built up a strong base of friends and family on which we can rely to validate our ideas and prove that we are actually creating something of value. I continue to learn, adapt and become a better designer because of Knowlita and I hope that it will remain a platform for me to push myself.
Some of my favorite artists are finally having a show here in New York this month. Kai & Sunny’s new exhibit “Lots of Bits of Stars” is opening on November 22nd at Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. Their work is beautifully ornate and unique and always printed so perfectly. I purchased an artist’s proof from them a few years ago and its one of my most prized pieces of artwork. Excited to see some new work from them, and possibly add something new to my collection.
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.
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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