Category Archives: graphic design

OK Go does it again… or… record labels, embeddability, cool videos, and a bit of life in this blog

So I have access to the tubes of the internet again. which means this blog may still have a bit of life left in it… for anybody still reading out there. no guarantees though… working in retail continues to kick my ass. Anyway, as you may know, I’m a pretty big fan of OK Go… and I’m not going to lie – what first sold me was the vector image of an early-model Volvo 240 on the cover of their album (conveniently titled OK Go). I quickly fell in love with “Get over it” which remains one of my favorite songs to this day. So I’m always intrigued when they come out with new stuff. And they’ve recently been blowing up in popularity with their quirky and fun videos… their newest single, This Too Shall Pass, already has well over 6 million views since its upload a week ago. Cool.

Whats not so cool is some of the hubbub surrounding record label rights, embeddability (is that a word yet?), and the way creativity is being handled. Check out more at Gizmodo, who have reprinted lead singer Damian Kulash’s open letter to fans regarding the issues. Interesting.

And for more interesting reading, Gizmodo has an awesome interview with Kulash here.

Back from a month-long break fueled by coffee

So lots has happened in this past month, causing this blog to unfortunately fall to the wayside. In a whirlwind turn of events, I somehow found myself in retail management (ironically – and dangerously – in footwear), and simultaneously short-staffed and without an assistant, resulting in roughly 80-hour weeks (I wish I was exaggerating). Today is my first day I haven’t had to work 11 hours in nearly a month. Assuming all goes well, I hope to resume the stream-of-conscious aggregation of thoughts that this blog had become.

And to kick things back off on a solid graphic-design foot, here’s a classic that never gets old, and pretty much describes my life for the past month or so: Lokesh Dhakar’s “Coffee Drinks Illustrated:”

coffeedrinks

Hopefully this won’t be the last post for another month…

Hey! Read this! (and why regular posting has been temporarily suspended)

Sometimes you have to be direct to get your message across. Like this beautiful bit of package design courtesy of the Hain Celestial Group:

Hey! Read my label!

Apparently organic foods and subtlety don’t go hand in hand. Although I suppose it is somewhat attention grabbing and effective, in an annoying sort of way. I’m fine with my rice crisps not having any attitude, thank you. Anyway…

Once again, I’m in the process of moving again, although just a few miles away this time – not half way across the country. So at the moment, I have no internet and no substantial time. Add to it the duties involved with showing a visiting friend around the area, and unfortunately the blog has fallen by the wayside. Dare I say it, I’m on a non-blogging staycation! (imagine regurgitation sounds here).

Anyway, a photo for all you photo lovers from my recent trip to White Sands National Monument.

clouds at white sands

Most likely, assuming all goes according to a loose plan, semi-regular posting should theoretically resume in a few days.

Package and Graphic Design at it’s best: Brooklyn Fare

As many know, I hold a special place in my mind for restaurants and markets. That’s part of the reason that good design for food establishments makes me so happy.

brooklyn-fare-coffee-cups

All designed by Mucca Design for Brooklyn Fare, it’s simple, direct, and an absolutely perfect blend of crisp and ballsy copy with exceptionaly clean, almost modernist design (that kind of reminds me of the W+K work for The Guardian).

Eat Me Daily has an awesome write up with great info and an awesome video.

The Social Media Venn Diagram analyzes your social habits

I’ve been meaning to post this up for a while now… I keep looking at and keep laughing, but somehow forget to post it. I myself am on the fence with most social media outlets (as most who try to keep in touch with me probably know). I understand them, but at the same time, I don’t. They make sense, and the advertising/social networking possibilities are huge. But this beautiful diagram kind of sums up the other side of my feelings.

social_media_venn

Available as a t-shirt from Despair.  And I have to say, there’s some beautiful irony in a social networking diagram on a t-shirt.

Nike Sportswear Stories: Stop-motion meets clothing catalog

nswstories

Nike Sportswear Stories showcases Nikesportswear (NSW) Italy’s new line-up an in incredibly complex and equally creative fashion. Clothing lookbooks have gotten more and more complex, often at the expenese of actually highlighting the clothes. These stop-motion exposees tell stories while still showcasing the clothes themselves. Impressive and definitely worth a look.