I suppose it’s a bit ironic that the day after I post about not having the time to post as often anymore, I find the time to write this! Now I’m not going to spontaneously start singing about “rain on your wedding day” or “a free ride when your already late” or anything else from that ridiculous Alanis Morissette song. What I am going to show you is some great packaging.
I know that Sundays are usually reserved for Music & Photo posts, but before you all start commenting saying “Sam, where’s my weekly dose of music and photos!?”, I decided not to do that today as yesterdays post had photography in it. Rest assured that Music & Photo Sunday will be back soon.
Who doesn’t like a good bit of Ikea design? It’s all very clean, minimal and well… Swedish! So I’ve found a nice collection of Ikea related design work, which I’ll be assembling for you (excuse the pun) over the next few weeks in this brand new, exciting and completely flat-pack-furnitureless mini-series of Saturday posts.
First up is this great series of videos directed by Carl Kleiner in March of last year. A series of ten exciting videos produced to create a viral presence for Ikea’s cookbook Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade is Best). Unfortunately, none of them include the Swedish chef from The Muppets, but I’ve included my favourite three below;
I Love Dust created the branding for Portsmouth art house cinema ‘No. 6 Cinema’ a few years ago now, however it’s something that I’ve always liked and recently rediscovered whilst looking at their website.
This awesome series of programmes that they produced as part of the brand redesign are perfectly simple. Using stills from famous movies and applying a half-tone effect to create a minimal style that isn’t overcomplicated by multiple colours. The image is also made the focus of the cover which promotes the programmes context.
Minimal typography, with only the logo, cinema name and issue number used continues this minimal style.
Overall, the branding and programmes have been produced in a style which I think perfectly relates to the art house style of the cinema itself.
I looked at some rather interesting and different wine bottle designs a few days ago with Dorian’s puzzle based range, and this post continues that theme of ingenious work within wine bottle design.
As part of a student packaging project Patrick Hill created these great bottles for a fictional wine company called “Gravity”. In some great tactile design, the use of gravity to drip paint on the bottle provides a perfect link with the concept of gravity in alcohol production.
A great piece of comical and witty logo re-design by Dave Spengeler for today’s post. He’s re-imagined famous logos to produce a fantastic range of what he calls ‘Hipster Branding’.
His reason for doing it was; “I’m fed up with the latest design trend. Everything has to be ‘vintage’ style, type has to be centered, all-caps, or written calligraphically. There are lobsters, birds, ribbons, anchors, crowns, arrows, crests, and the famous X everywhere. Personally I like this kind of style. But slowly but surely these clichés are getting overused.”
One thing that I have seen a lot of recently in the world of design is alternative movie posters. This kind of design has been somewhat spearheaded by Olly Moss, but I have managed to find work by many other designers that has caught my eye. I found so many in fact, that I thought I would put together a collection of my favourites for you to enjoy.
I’ve been planning this post for a while and I’ve now finally got the time to hopefully do it justice. The initial post I did on Post-apocalyptic Design proved immensely popular, so I thought it would be a good idea to return to the subject. As I spoke about in yesterdays post, further research into the topic of apocalyptic design gave me this fantastic piece of work by Bureau Bruneau, the personal design output of a fantastic Norwegian designer by the name of Ludvig Bruneau Rossow.
This project of his takes the whole concept of designing for an apocalypse to an entirely different level, creating a fictional end of the world scenario and using it to design the branding and packaging for a whole range of things that would be used or needed in such a situation. Using the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is actually a real organisation, Bureau Bruneau has given this project a tangible real-world grounding which allows it to feel less fictitious.
Thinking of everything, designs have been made for everything from food and drink, to maps and instruction manuals, to even the administrative side of things with forms and ID cards. It is all designed in a simple minimal style which reflects the fictional scenario it has been placed in and is seen across all elements of the design. Everything has been designed to reflect the limited resources that would be available in such a situation, using different stamps to give labels and forms different purposes.
New FEMA logo: