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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I won’t waste too many words introducing this besides saying that the self affirmed “trilingual” Jamila Lyiscott is enlightening in this recent TED performance.
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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I feel truly blessed that the contemporary artists I am inspired by and admire the most happen to be life long friends. Michael Zelehoski is one such person and has been a friend since we were kids. His process is ever evolving and the humble and effortless nature with which he approaches his work are some of my favorite qualities about Michael. In conjunction with signing to Mike Weiss Gallery he completed a semi-perminant wall installation, which interacts with this huge niche in the front desk space of the gallery. If you are in New York and haven’t made it over to see Mike Weiss’ new location on West 24th Street or Michael’s piece I highly recommend making the trip over to Chelsea.
photos courtesy of: ArtSlant
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.