“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.
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.
The Art Directors Club annual Portfolio Night is fast approaching—a “global portfolio and recruitment event” for young advertising creatives (or, in my experience, an evening of industry canoodling and general debauchery). The campaign surrounding this year’s event has aptly been titled “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” A theme any creative can no doubt relate to. 12 typographic executions have been created by 12 different designers, each reflecting a personal interpretation of the aforementioned phrase.
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.
Designer and intelligent idiot (his words) Frank Chimero updated his personal site, creating a homey location for his digital self to live. He found inspiration in the work of the Eames, wanting something that felt modern but lived in, that you could see the fingerprints of the maker on the site itself.
I wanted something homey. Better yet: homely. Americans think of homely as something that’s unhandsome, maybe even ugly. But the Brits observe the root “home,” since they invented the damn language. Homely, for them, is like a house: familiar, comforting, easy. There’s a rightness to it. For me, the Eames house is homely, because they filled it to the gills with the things they loved. How great would it be to have that online, where you would not run out of shelves? It’s an old dream, and one that’s still alive, but we’ve outsourced it. I think that shelf belongs at home.
It’s certainly interesting on a conceptual level, and I think he does achieve his goal, but I think it could have been cool to see more charming details scattered throughout. Perhaps more charming fonts? Wing dings used for dividers? Subtle textures here and there, like dusty corners of an attic? If Frank has truly built himself a home on the web, I hope he keeps adding on to it and building it into something even more charming and lovely.