Archive for the ‘2d/graphics’ Category

Wine Labels: rebirth of authentic Chinese design?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

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I must admit (and ashamed that), I’m not well-versed in Chinese (or Asian) art/design history, but this short article from PSFK, got me connecting some dots. It looks like China’s on the verge of a new design revolution (of course, among other things), where the Chinese embrace their cultural heritage and contemporize it.

Not too long ago, Chinese wine connoisseurs had a diverse range of wine selections with amazingly intricate and detailed design packaging. But after foreign imported wines began entering the Chinese market, many of these wine brands died off, along with their special wine design aesthetic.

Just look at the ingredients of these wines, there’s grape, rice, sorghum, millet, and even more rarely seen these days are Chinese gooseberry, sweet-smelling osmanthus, cherry, longan, apple and tangerine flavors.

The thought of these unique labels and ingredients remind me of an LA Soda Pop Shop, who carries over 500 varieties of naturally sweet and flavored sodas, free of high-fructose corn syrup.

As creativity and confidence creeps back into the minds of Chinese designers, it’s possible that a distinct Chinese wine label aesthetic will once again bloom and quench the thirsts of those who remember when wine had flavor and beauty.

Ditto.

via PSFK

Betsy VanLangen photos = people + materials

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Betsy VanLangen has some provocative works with a great mix of materials (and food) with people in her portfolio. Very creative. Love it!

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vintage travel posters: love the graphics

Monday, November 9th, 2009

vintagetravelposters.jpgHunting in Poland c1961 – Design by Wiktor Gorka  Paris-Orly for Air France c1962- Design & Illustration by Jaques Nathan Garamond 

How about [a] virtual tour around the world to start off the week? I dug up a handful of travel related posters from 1950s-1970s for all the desk jockeys that are itching to get out of town.

Love these gorgeous, old school graphics and totally itching to get out of town! It’s fun/ funny to interpret the message of the posters. In Poland: our deer will hunt you, you can’t hunt the deer… And the vibrancy of Paris expressed as beautiful stained glass in historic architectural buildings. As much as I enjoy photography, vintage imagery is refreshing in comparison to today’s photographic/ photoshop advertisements.

via Flavorwire and see a couple hand fulls more at GrainEdit

Food Styling and CGI

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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I was recently doing some personal research on food photography and styling and had no idea that Boston University hosted a Conference on Food Styling and Photography back in June. So sad to have missed out! Coincidentally, the other day I also came across a post on PSFK.

Images above show the post and mid-process of Computer Generated Imagery. Watch the Vimeo video of this transition from wireframe to enticing fries and burger done for Bernstein Rein Advertising.

As you will see, this is an entirely CGI spot. We used photo modeling techniques adding dimension to real studio photographs of a Big Mac and the the fries. The fry box, Dr. Pepper, ice, bubbles, smoke, straw, environment, etc are all entirely CGI.

The real reason to do this spot as CGI was to be able to choreograph the camera move in limited time and budget.

Wow, technology and amazing computer graphics with realistic rendering. Will this put food stylists and photographers out of work? Although, the graphics are based off studio photographs. Hm…the photo industry is certainly changing due to digital, any thoughts on technology changing the food styling industry?

via PSFK

Designed for Tots

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

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I was doing some research and inspiration hunting a while back and came across Boon, a design studio focused on designing products with babies and parents in mind. Above image are Benders (Adaptable Utensils), where the scoop of the utensil can be bent to accommodate the child’s grip. In addition to the great form factor and colors, the basics of function have been well considered too!

Boon offers a wide range of products that help parents all over the world. We’re committed to creating nothing but the most innovative gear—and keeping it affordable. Our design studio is always in motion, tackling one parenting challenge after another. And don’t forget our commitment to quality and safety.

A couple other infant sites that I’ve come across, who carry well thought out designs:

  • Fawn and Forest carries a great collection of products from various designers.
  • BabyWit with some cool graphics.

Periodic Table of Typefaces

Monday, March 30th, 2009

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Periodic Table of Typefaces

Design is about chemistry! 😛

all in the graphics?

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

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Trevor Leahy, a high-schooler dreams up goalie pads for ice-hockey that tricks offensive shooters when they look to score on open net.

Using computer skills he learned in a graphic design class at the private school in South Hamilton, Leahy sketched out new leg pads that blend into the goal netting behind him. He wanted pads, a trapper, and a blocker that are white with a raised double-stitched design, just like the goal. He applied for a design patent and had them custom-made by a Canada-based pad maker.

via Boston.com

STRANGEco: 2d fine art to 3d commercialization

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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STRANGEco vinyl toys are inspired by PopCulture 2d illustrators and artists. The 2d illustrations are brought to 3-dimensional life for commercialization and play. It’s quite an exciting way to bring fine art into mass production, along with educating the consumer to appreciate such work. Above limited edition piece titled “Turtle Camper” by Jeremy Fish, which is about living and traveling in your own head.

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I’ve also been seeing these Mr. TTT in a lot of places lately (maybe because of the holiday season?), but never delved further until Jim Crawford of STRANGEco spoke at the ICA/AIGA speaker series.

Color + Play (at the ICA!)

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

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I bought my ticket last night to attend the Design + Play talk, as part of the ICA/AIGA design series at the ICA Boston on Thursday, December 11. And this morning, a Core77 post about the overload of Pantone Color Swatch products got me thinking… and noticing…

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Is this a Pantone thing? or something Apple started..?

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Too Late watch via YankoDesign

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F22 iPhone sleeve by FREITAG via SwissMiss

[Edit: Nope, it’s a Teague thing, learn more about color from Wired via Core77]

1800 Tequila: Limited Edition

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Woohoo! Thanks to Charlie over at SpecialOpsMedia, 1800Tequila sent me a sample with artwork by Mexico City based, pop illustrator Jorge Alderete.

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See my original post and SpecialOpsMedaBlog.

[Edit: more at NotCot]

boarding pass Shiraz

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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Packaging.. need I say more?

see WineCentric for taste details
sells at Wine.com for under $20

from Grateful Palate Imports via NotCot

Treasures of Syracuse University library

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Tonight I went to Boston Public Library to listen to Suzanne Thorin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries of Syracuse University (my alma mater!), speak about SU’s treasured artifacts and special collections. And what an incredible collection it is! Of course, as always, I wish I knew about it sooner- when I was a student less than 2 years ago. Although there were only a handful of items presented, all had an impact that I wish I had known about- particularly during freshman art history class. I had no idea that SU had nearly 80% of Marcel Breuer’s original architectural design sketches or Margaret Burke-White’s original camera equipment and photography prints and negatives. It truly brings history to life to be able to see first hand the thought process of writers and artists or to appreciate artwork close up!

I was able to snap a few photographs of some artifacts:

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It’s not just the sound of “Thomas Edison’s Blue Amber Record,” but the packaging that is significant. Package on right LEFT uses less material and 1 less color- saves on cost, production, and materials! A genius Edison was.

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“Illuminated Manuscript,” significant in its use of vellum paper and Gutenberg’s Printing Press over woodblock typography setting. Gorgeous.

The Special Collection (6th floor, Bird Library) is constantly in search of ways to better itself for the use of Syracuse University’s faculty and students. I can’t wait to hear more about the Plastics Collection of the 1940’s-50’s that came from Leominster, MA! This will certainly be a great resource for ID students in Smith Hall 🙂

Thanks for the educational evening! Learn more about Syracuse University’s Library here.