To emphasize their new product line of 100% organic and self harvested canned goods Fruita Blanch has paired up with Barcelona based Atipus to create an new identity and packaging system. The resulting labels are of a single universal size, meant to fit any jar size without obscuring the contents, which are the most delectable part.
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Midnight Umbrella created this fun colorful illustration of the United States using only tangrams. The result is this nicely textured atypical map, which is definitely better as decoration than for direction, but cool nonetheless.
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Seeing a branding project in a portfolio can often be pretty bland. But when it is accompanied by something such as a sketch or photograph capturing their process or mode of creating the finished identity it adds so much more value and power to the work. I am definitely not trying to devalue powerful and creative logo and identity work, but for creatives I think it is just more interesting to know where they started or how they go to their solution. Like a mechanic or a computer engineer we want to see under the hood. Ideas don’t have moving parts, but there are things that make them tick, and those little components are never seen again after the final product is polished vectorized and set in the correct PMS color.
The logo here was designed by Emily Kane was designed for a group she helped found during her masters studies in graphic design. The group’s goal is to promote the current ambitions for our space programs through creative and visual means.
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Similar to their products, when 37 Signals dreams up a holiday gift they really come up with something highly innovative and unique. This year they asked the team at Simple Honest Work to concept, design, and execute a beautifully printed and interestingly assembled holiday gift for their clients and friends. Each one is a different vintage book, which has been hollowed out and turned into a box to hold the perfectly bone folded Map of the World. Every single minute detail was accounted for and carried out so perfectly. Down to something as simple as a wax stamp closures for the envelopes and rustic craft paper wrapping.
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Use of a classic material like wood shingles for the entire exterior of a house is awesome especially when it is juxtaposed with super modern windows. Designed by Italian architects Geza did a great job of creating something that is modern and unique, yet still blends in with the vernacular architecture of the surrounding area.
James Edmondson shares his insight on why he does what he does, and why he finds such enjoyment in it. Working with letterforms for him is a way of continuing to play the way we do as children, tapping into that powerful state of imagination to create things. The background for this monologue is a process video of James taking some letterform sketches on paper and turning them into a beautiful typeface called Ticonderoga.
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I am torn between two worlds right now. The past and the future. I love the texture and history of objects that have been used over and over. Simultaneously the future is painted so interestingly by the design of fixtures, architecture, technologies, and everything else in the physical world. Designed by Omnivo the Geo Washplane so beautifully illustrates this futuristic design.
Yesterday the amazing gents from Lost Type Co-op launched newest tentacle of their successful “pay what you want ” type foundry. A store for all of us free loaders to support them and purchase beautiful goods made from and with their amazing typefaces. The first two products they have launched with are a set of LTC pins and a limited run of type specimen books. Get in there and buy yours today as the book was printed in an edition of only 300.
Better know for his furniture design, Danish American Jens Risom is credited with being one of the first designers to bring Scandinavian design over from Europe. This house was built for Risom and his family in 1967 as a summer retreat on a secluded lot out on Block Island. Using a somewhat standard post and beam prefab structure from a local builder and added some design touches of his own. The one main accent which made the house so iconic is a fenestrated facade spanning from the peak of the roof right down to the porch. A glass wall like this ushers in a huge amount of light and also provides an unobstructed view out to the ocean from almost anywhere in the house. In 1967 just after completion the house was featured in LIFE magazine and these two photos are from group, which accompanied the article.
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Tattly keeps coming up with fun inspiring new temporary tattoos, and now they have a brand new promo video, which does not disappoint. The super talented guys from Made By Hand filmed and edited 52 seconds of smile generating magic from what must have been a grueling 10 hour shoot. The track was put together by composer Nathan Rosenberg and I have to say, together with the rhythmic editing really gives the whole video a strong beat.
Normally when I find myself in a wine shop I tend to be more trusting of wines, which have a classic timeless design. Labels that feel like they could have been the same for nearly 100 years. But every once in a while I come across a vibrant modern design that makes me rethink that. This branding for Urban Wineworks by the extremely talented Foundry Collective is a perfect example of this. Their design rethinks what parts and faces of a label need to accomplish specific tasks. Instead of sticking to any existing label convention they have turned this label in to a simple organized puzzle of rectangles containing type, graphic or texture.
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We are now living in a time where technology and thus children’s toys evolve on almost and hourly basis. A bag of rocks feels refreshing. The soft round tactile orbs are the minimalist parents dream toy, and the clean up would be much easier than a thousand legos. They were designed to support Pass the Baton charity market by Taku Satoh.
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I first came across Henrybuilt in an issue of Dwell several years ago, and I was immediately taken with their attention to detail and the infusion of craft in their modern work. Often in modern design we see construction and function sacrificed to achieve a specific look while maintaining a sufficient profit margin. Henrybuilt is on the other end of the spectrum from those types of furniture designers. Creating systems for the kitchen, dinning room, and the whole house. Items can range in size from this example, of a backsplash rack with a beautifully crafted wooden inset knife rack, up to entire kitchens or rooms. Every piece is made to order, and each project is taken on as a design project where they will configure and customize their existing components to your space.
The true intrigue of this summerhouse, for me lies in the utterly basic palette of materials, which are very intrinsic to both the area and type of building. However the forms that compose the building and it’s layout are actually extremely modern. This juxtaposition is softened by the material choice and nicely blends into the wind blow dunes surrounding it. Summerhouse in Danish Kandestederne designed by CF Møller Arkitektfirmaet.
Besides being a serious design, illustration, and typographical powerhouse House Industries has also been lucky enough to work with one of the greatest design legacies of all time. Over the past few years they have created several amazing projects from inspired by Charles and Ray Eames. The newest foray has been a collaboration with Herman Miller Japan. Together they have made this limited series of 80 tables. Each of the classic Eames wire-base tables is finished with a letter, number or ornament from the House Industries Eames Century Modern font collection, and come packed in a custom designed wooden shipping crate.
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I am sort of a big fan of cards and printed goods in general, but holiday cards for some reason normally fall outside my scope of interest. A set like this however does a lot to revive the genre. Designed by Colle McVoy this All-Set Card Set boasts that it’s contents have got you covered for most if not all occasions. My favorite being the Mistletoe Farmer christmas card. Another point of note is the wholly outstanding, and entirely amazing typographical designs, which grace the faces of the cards.
Wear Today is a simple quirky personal project by Ed Kim who is the lead designer at Stamped. The guideline of the project is as simple as it’s name. Ed illustrates a few of the key elements of his outfit everyday, which becomes interesting when items or entire outfits are repeated. I really liked looking at the tumblr archive of his blog because you can start to see the pattern or at least texture that his habits of clothing choice begin to create.
Renaud Hallée aka Possible Metrics created this amazing minimal, yet intricate video, which creates the music track through an animation cycle. I am starting to really love minimal visualizations and animations accompanying the music I listen to. The other example this reminds me of was the Visualizing Bach’s Cello Suite which posted a few weeks ago.
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All of the products in Plus Minus Zero (±0) are the epitome of minimalist design perfection, and are also stunningly curated. This new Ceramic Fan Heater is a beautiful design object and heating source.
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