Classic cocktail Prints By Derrick Castle

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Mixing illustrations with vintage typographical concepts, Derrick Castle carves the beauty of traditional drinks in his Classic Cocktails series.

Castle, a graphic designer and illustrator, has worked for some big names like Nike, Under Armour and Harley Davidson to name a few. Living in Nashville, Castle has been exposed to mixology and modern interpretations of classic cocktails through friends in the bartending industry.

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Carli Krueger

January 17, 2014 / By

Nendo brings beauty and new utility to chopsticks

Nendo's Rassen chopsticks

It doesn’t get much more simple than chopsticks. A pair of finally crafted pieces of wood that allow you to nimbly eat. If you would have asked me if it was possible to make a better, or perhaps more innovative pair of chopsticks, I’d probably so no, that they’ve been refined to their basic essence. Nendo on the other hand has found not one but two new ways of innovating on the basic design of chopsticks.

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Bobby Solomon

January 10, 2014 / By

This no nonsense branding kills the pretentious aspect of wine

Easy Choice WInery - Design by Realist

Easy Choice WInery - Design by Realist

Most wine bottles are boring. Wandering the aisles it’s hard to tell most of them apart, because really, the only true way to tell them apart is by tasting. Still, effective packaging design is the easiest way to increase sales, so creating an interesting brand is extremely critical. That brings up the work that Realist has done for The Easy Choice Winery, an upscale winery in Paarl, South Africa, who’s brought some humor and simplicity to their branding.

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Bobby Solomon

January 6, 2014 / By

Content Aware Typography turns mundane type into wild experiments

Abstract Kellogg's Corn Flakes box

I found this crazy looking Corn Flakes box over the weekend and thought, “Wow, I’d stop and consider buying that.” It turns out it’s a part of an interesting Tumblr called Content Aware Typography which has 4 simple rules:

1. Choose a picture with some typography in it;
2. Select an area that is close to the letters;
3. Apply Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill;
4. Submit.

The results are actually quite beautiful, and it’s really interesting to see how Photoshop’s content aware tool works. Like the example above, this Ed Ruscha OOF painting gets super trippy when you follow the rules above. Still, that Corn Flakes box is so damn cool. Kellogg’s should seriously consider doing an artist version like this.

Bobby Solomon

January 6, 2014 / By

The Snob, A Fancy Bubbly Wine

The Snob Cava Packaging

Sparkling wine is associated with all things posh. Images of Jay Gatsby come to mind and those dang fancy ladies of any version of The Real Housewives come to mind: the world sees sparkling wines like champagnes and cavas as the drink of the rich. Enter The Snob, a very well designed sparkling wine that gets right to it: bubbly wine is for the fancy—so why not make it look fancy?

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

January 6, 2014 / By

Flavors identified by type in Frem soda redesign

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For a while now, I’ve been looking for some work that lends to talking about type and the subconscious. Jonathan Faust‘s redesign of the Danish Soda brand, Frem, is attractive, trendy, type-focused and not unlike some design I’ve seen before. But what really makes Faust’s work so intriguing to me is the fact that each flavor has it’s own identity through typography.

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Carli Krueger

December 3, 2013 / By

Chow Scout – Scouting the depths of amazon for fun and delicious food finds

Chow Scout - Scouting the depths of amazon for fun and delicious food finds

Elsa Lang, the better half of Always With Honor, has started a new blog called Chow Scout which hunts down the best foods and treats that Amazon has to offer. It’s still relatively new but you can already see that she’s digging up some unique finds like Aardvark Sauce, Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Butter Cookies, and of course, adorable packages of Kewpie Mayo.

Best of all, she’s using an affiliate link to earn money which is being donated to the Oregon Humane Society. Nothing better than helping pets in need AND eating delicious foods.

Bobby Solomon

November 7, 2013 / By

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