Stranger & Stranger’s work never fails to be absolutely beautiful! Not many studios manage to do such consistently visually appealing work, but with their skills, experience and extensive premium alcohol clients they always do.
This project is a little different though, they have developed a patented paper sleeve which wraps around wine bottles. Giving a nice big space for extra graphics as well as creating a real sense of intrigue.
‘The idea came from our own No.13 pack. We created brands in a packaging format that stands out and adds value, interest and gifting opportunities. The added real estate that the over sleeve gives us has allowed us to engage with people in a way that a tiny back label never can. Everyone just wants to pick up and read these packs.’
Kevin Shaw, Founder and Creative Director of Stranger:
I like these a lot, being beautiful as well as a bit different will give them so much shelf presence. I know I’d definitely want to buy any one of them, trouble is as a designer I’d feel bad unwrapping it!
Images & quote via The Dieline
21 by Stuart Whitton
“A personal commission intended as a birthday present, the recipient is fascinated with watches which was something that had to be subtly present throughout the illustration.”
I really like his super detailed type drawings! Posted one or two in the past (here). Few others on his website too and most of his work isn’t typographical and is also excellent and well worth checking out;
Stop what your doing and look at Letter Cults custom letters best of 2011! (unless you don’t have a lot of time)
I was going through struggling to pick my favorites (all great) before I realised there were another 8 whole pages! And it’s only part 1 of 3! With more things to come, including a special on their person of the year and a few profiles of some other talented letterers.
The selection above is barely skimming the surface, but a few of my favorites. They are by Simon Alander, Andy Ulce, Luke Lucas, Anne Ulku, Dave Foster, Type Jockeys, Jon Contino, Maricor Maricar, Ross Moody and Steve Bonner.
Interesting typography commissioned by The New York Times;
“We asked eight designers to re-imagine the logo. Four ended up on four different covers, and another four ran inside the issue. We also have 10 additional sketches. Here, the designers describe how they approached the assignment.” (More here)
The 5 above are by Magpie Studio, Non-Format, Natasha Jen (Pentagram), Benjamin Critton and Alex Trochut.
Weekly Quote #9
Last weeks quote (bit late) is a special one, as its from a page of a magazine article I’ve written and designed for uni, which I’ve also turned into an A3 screen-print.
The article is titled ‘Designer as Collector’, and this brilliant Paul Rand quote pretty much sums up the main gist of it. I’ll be updating my website soon with work from this year, so hopefully il have the article up there too available to read/look at.
Got about 15 copies of the print, don’t know if selling something featuring a quote is legal, so not sure what I’ll be doing with them all!
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Typographic logos by Mind Design, an interesting London based studio I came across the other day. You can see the rest of them here. They do a lot of quite different and progressive identities, among other things. Definitely worth a look through their portfolio.
Also don’t miss this project - PooPoo which is a very funny parody of how some design studios show their work online in ways that attempt to make them look more clever. Think stacks of sketches, post-it notes with interesting buzzwords and logos mathematically explained. Best if you just go have a look at it - http://www.minddesign.co.uk/show.php?id=483&pos=6&cat=2
Typography by illustrator Andy Smith, lots of nice work on his website and flickr. He’s worked on a variety of book covers, editorial and advertising projects, not surprising considering his super vibrant style! He also sells plenty of nice things in his shop, wouldn’t mind a few of them!
Was reminded of his work by this post on the CR Blog about the amount of creatives producing printed newspapers, partly thanks to Newspaper Club, whose co-founder Russel Davies came and spoke at NUCA a few weeks ago. Also on the subject of newspapers I handed in all the work for my university degree yesterday! And my class will hopefully be producing a newspaper to give out at the degree show and D&AD New Blood.
Weekly Quote #8
This quote is from the foreword to my favorite design book, Graphic Design: Visual Comparisons by Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes and Bob Gill. Arguably 3 of the finest design minds ever. Apologies for copying the cover design for this quote, but it seemed appropriate!
No matter what happens with technology, trends, styles and techniques this quote will always be true for good designers. A similar sentiment to weekly quote #2 from Bill Bernbach.
Fletcher/Forbes/Gill went on to become Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes, which later became Pentagram. Probably the worlds greatest design studio, who happen to be celebrating their 40th birthday tonight! So what a perfect time to quote F/F/G
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The New Theatre branding by Interbrand Australia;
“At the centre of it all, a new logomark referencing unexpected twists and turns in the form of an ‘NT’ device, that stems from the word mark. The logo combines the three initial letters of The New Theatre into one simple mark. The unique mirrored structure of the mark allows applications and messaging to be rotated.”
Very clever! Interbrand Australia do some really great work, I believe a lot of it is done under creative director Mike Rigby (who is English and use to work at The Chase). Have a look here for more; http://www.standapart.com.au/
Last month I posted (here) about a chalkboard mural by MaricorMaricar.
The good news is there is a screenprint available (see above) from their agent Handsome Frank. The bad news is “we’re not planning to sell the prints, we’re giving them away, but we want them to find good homes. So if you work at design or advertising agency and would like one to hang in the studio please drop us an email.”
I would love to hang this in my studio (aka bedroom). So beautiful!
Existential Ennui- Beautiful British Book Jacket Design of the 1950s and 1960s
See a lot of book covers like these in second hand bookshops, something so British about them. Very different from American or European book covers of the same time. They are quite hard to place in the overall history of graphic design, must be somewhere between the transition from commercial artists to modernist graphic designers.
Check out the original blog post by the collector of these books for dates and designer credits.
Branding for Glasgow fish restaurant Crabshakk, designed by Good.
Weekly Quote #5
This weeks quote comes from the legendary George Lois, a giant of advertising, working at DDB before leaving to start his own company with two other people. He had a prolific career in advertising, but he is best known for his amazing and iconic Esquire covers between 1962 and ‘72.
This quote needs no explaining! Lois is one of the greats of advertising and design, and according to himself was the inventor of the concept of ‘the big idea’ in advertising.
There was recently a new book by Lois published called Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent!) which I’m really hoping to read or buy soon. There is also a really interesting article about him in this months Creative Review, which includes his thoughts on Mad Men, which is apparently partly based on him…
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Here is an interesting project from MSN of all people!
“We asked seven world-class artists to create original illustrations using only Florence + the Machine lyrics and their imaginations. Each piece is unique. Share your favorite and enter for a chance to win a complete set of the limited edition MSN Florence + Machine Artist Series prints.”
To be honest i’m not a fan of Florence and the Machine, but they picked some great artists! I love the 4 above posters by; Anthony Burrill, Jessica Hische, Will Bryant and David Shrigley.