I’m very sorry for the lack of post yesterday, I was at my sister’s graduation all day and sadly I’m in a bit of a hurry today so I can’t even make up for my slacking! I will try my hardest to make tomorrow’s extra interesting / long / exciting as compensation!
Anyway today’s post is basically just a few things I’ve seen recently and liked. The first is this bubble wrap calendar:
Mainly because I like bubble wrap and think combining it with anything is a good idea! But also because I’m bad at keeping up to date with calendars so this is the perfect solution for me. (Apart from advent calendars that is!) Sold Here.
The next thing is this picture showing how various logos look similar to other objects, signs or identities:
And the final thing that’s caught my attention recently was this billboard campaign for Dark Knight Rises:
I think this works really effectively despite the lack of film name which is a pretty difficult thing to achieve!
Hopefully these things have interested you and, as I’ve said, I’ll be back to usual tomorrow.
The D&AD student award winners have been announced and there was one winning entry in particular that caught my eye. (A full list of winners can be found here or you can check out my friend Sam’s blog post looking at a selection of his favourites if you’re interested.)
The work that really stood out to me was in response to Design Bridge’s brief to design a whiskey bottle with women as the target market. Melissa Preston decided to base her packaging around the concept of the personal ads found in newspapers. She identified a link between the language used to describe whiskies and the ‘language of love’ to create ads for the drinks. These were then put amongst the usual dating profiles and ringed to show the whiskey is the perfect match for the consumer.
Pentagram have been getting a lot of stick recently after unveiling a new identity for University of the Arts London. If you want to read some rather harsh criticism of the logo check out the comments section of this Creative Review post.
I wasn’t initially going to talk about the rebrand as I want to keep this blog about inspirational design work and, whilst I wouldn’t go as far as some of the commenters who seem to have reacted as though Pentagram have killed their dog (or done something similarly devastating,) I also wouldn’t class the identity as particularly aspirational either. However I did come across some work that perhaps salvages the design entirely which I’ll come to at the end of this post.
So this is what Pentagram have come up with:
Which is infinitely more workable than UAL’s old logo which takes up a lot of room at large sizes but disappears when small, although I do like idea behind the asterisk location pointer they had: Continue reading
Yet more award winners now, this time from The Dieline. I’ve chosen a selection of my favourites but the full list can be found here.
The Best in Show award went to The Creative Method for this gorgeous label for Alternative Organic Wine. Every part of the label was organic, a simple but beautifully executed design:
The Cannes Lions Festival was held this weekend showcasing and awarding the best adverts in a range of different categories, from film to radio and outdoor. 1,028 Lions were awarded but with over 35,000 entries the scale of these awards becomes apparent.
A few adverts from my previous posts were successful with TNT’s Push to Add Drama receiving a Gold Lion in Promo & Activation, Fiat’s Original Parts posters winning a Bronze Outdoor Lion and the Sunny Sale taking a Silver in the Outdoor Lions category.
Other winners that caught my attention include Back To The Start by CAA and Nexus Productions for Chipotle, which took the Grand Prix for Film and raises awareness of sustainable farming:
I love seeing what other students are up to, I often find that the most creative solutions can come from students as they have far less constrictions than agencies have with live briefs.
This pistachio nut packaging from Maija Rozenfelde caught my attention because of the unusual way it opens, I love the fact that Maija has captured the essence of eating a pistachio in the packaging itself. The outer packaging also makes a clever container for the shells of the nuts as you eat them, I like the fact this has been thought of and included within the design.
A really nice bit of typography replaces the usual nutritional information diagram: Continue reading
Well today’s my last day in Falmouth for the summer and I’m about to start the 6 hour journey back to the lovely land of Leicester, but just had time to talk about these brilliant wine labels from Lavernia & Cienfuegos Diseño in Spain for 365, a supermarket brand wine.
I love the way they’ve managed to take a really simple object and change it to represent which country each wine is from, whilst still keep it recognisable as a cork. A lovely idea that works really well across the range: