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Vintage J&B Holiday Campaign

Vintage J&B Holiday Campaign

Who remembers this J&B holiday campaign? If you grew up in the 90s, you might remember it. It’s one I’ll never forget. I was probably 11 years old at the time and this campaign was the first ah-ha moment I had with advertising. I was sitting in the backseat of my parents car, stuck in…

12 . 11 . 12

Dose Market

Dose Market

This time of year is when a few great art festivals and craft fairs open their doors to allow so many talented artists to share their handmade goods. I can’t get enough of it. The last 2 weeks have been so much fun, bouncing around to all the different booths and seeing what treasures people are making…

10 . 26 . 12

Safeway Wine Packaging

Safeway Wine Packaging

    Safeway is the proud and exclusive retailer of this gorgeous and innovative new line of Truett-Hurst wines. The team at Stranger & Stranger are the geniuses behind the bottle. Instead of putting more wines on the shelf with a label, grape variety and country on it, they thought about why someone might be…

08 . 23 . 12

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

Two design students took on a giant challenge as an exam project. They came up with something no one had done before: an invisible bicycle helmet. They’ve spent years on research and are working hard to make it a reality. Watch the video to see their inspiring story and clever idea.

08 . 06 . 12

Paris vs. New York

Paris vs. New York

  In the fall of 2010, during a long stay in New York, Vahram Muratyan launched his first blog, Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities. After being viewed 4 million times, Penguin published it as a book, which became insanely popular, and we understand why. The illustrations are simple, clever and creative. These are…

08 . 05 . 12

Jack Daniel’s Independence Campaign

Jack Daniel’s Independence Campaign

Jack Daniel’s meets Helms Workshop from Travis Robertson on Vimeo. Jack Daniel’s meets The Signpainter from Travis Robertson on Vimeo. Jack Daniel’s meets Jon Contino from Travis Robertson on Vimeo. Jack Daniel’s launches “Independence” campaign, calling on some talented designers/artists such as Helms Workshop, Jon Contino and Derek McDonald to hand-craft posters for the campaign. “There’s something to be said about…

08 . 03 . 12

FaceMaker + ShapeMaker

FaceMaker + ShapeMaker

Love these hand-printed wood blocks by Miller Goodman for FaceMaking and ShapeMaking.

08 . 02 . 12

Crumpled City

Crumpled City

How many times have you driven yourself mad trying to fold a map along the original creases? How many times have you been tempted to crumple it into a ball and stuff it in your pocket or bag? Crumpled City, designed by Emanuale Pizzolorusso, is a series of city maps that let you fold, stuff, smash…

07 . 04 . 12

Triennale Design Museum

Triennale Design Museum

After reading about the Triennale Design Museum on Design Sponge’s Milan City Guide, we were excited to put it on our must-do list. The museum has no permanent installations — while some special exhibits are rotated out monthly, other exhibits are renewed annually. Every year, the museum closes for a month to allow the presentation…

06 . 11 . 12

AIGA Chicago Small Talk Film

In celebration of Chicago Design Week, AIGA Chicago asked us to create a short film about who we are, what we do and any advice we have for emerging designers. We had never made a video on our own before, so it was a challenge. But we had a lot of fun filming the city…

05 . 23 . 12

Paintbrush Packaging

Paintbrush Packaging

How great is this packaging? This is exactly the kind of work we want to be doing… taking an ordinary product that can speak for itself and have fun with it. Sadly, this isn’t something that actually got produced. It’s concept work by student designer Simon Laliberté at Université du Québec in Montréal, Canada. Thanks…

05 . 10 . 12

Advice to Young Designers

Every now and again we get an email from a graphic designer seeking advice who just graduated from college. I always reply with a few thoughts and have to quickly get back to work. After doing this a few times, it got me thinking… I should make a blog post about this and get it…

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