“Opinions are like elbows, everybody’s got one or two.” I think this phrase to myself a lot. I find it applies especially well to the realm of design. And it’s certainly true when you’re talking about logo redesigns, the Internet’s favorite subject to shit on. I’ve certainly shared quite a few of my own opinions on the site, though in recent years I’ve tried to bring constructive criticism to my posts so I don’t add to the senseless noise. Last night I started to read about a new logo redesign for Olive Garden by Lipincott, which was generally being panned. Curious I took a look at what all the fuss was about… and honestly couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. And boy was there a lot of fuss.
I have to admit, Fez was a very frustrating game for me. It started out really fun but then it began to boggle my mind and I couldn’t figure out what to do. Still, it had a kick-ass soundtrack by Disasterpeace, a Berkeley based musician who really helped bring the game to life. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack a lot lately while I design/write, fitting perfectly into the background and not distracting me.
You can listen to the whole thing by clicking that little play button above, or if you have Rdio you can click here and listen to it.
You might know Ted Feighan, but most likely by the moniker he makes music under, which is Monster Rally. He makes referential music that sounds like a contemporary update to songs you might hear in a tiki bar. As it turns out Ted is also a talented collagist who makes his own album covers. To further show off his collage work he’s created this sweet little zine called Flower Arrangements Vol. 1, a crazy mixture of exotic flowers, wild animals, and ancient artifacts. The zine is 36 full color pages, an edition of 100, and their signed by the artist.
You can buy a copy for yourself by clicking here. More images from the zine below.
When you think of people who are “Instagram famous” you’re probably imagining a photographer. Well Daniel Patrick Simmons is “Instagram famous” but not because of his photos, it’s for his remarkable lettering. What’s even more remarkable is his personal story, the 5 minute version being that he left a good job at Apple to follow his passion for lettering and it’s paying off.
He was nice enough to create an awesome wallpaper for today featuring one of his favorite Pablo Picasso quotes, which says “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Too true. I love that he chose to shoot his entire process on a desktop, showing the time and work he put into his piece. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram where he posts lots of behind-the-scenes photos of his work in process.
I can’t say that I buy into the fad of drinking coconut water but I can buy into well-done packaging design. Marx Design, a branding agency based in Auckland, New Zealand, has created a vibrant and fresh look for The Coconut Collective, which draws it’s inspiration from the “saturated tropical hues of Sri Lanka’s markets, textiles and architecture.”
I’d say the whole effort is quite charming. I’m obsessed with the color palette of each, properly representing each flavor, and the subtle details really sell it for me. I like how the C’s in Coconut Collective swoop down at the top, the way the flavors look cut-out with the background color popping through, and the red “stamps” at top and bottom which really pop off the packaging.