One of my favorite forms of design is good packaging, and the guys from Hired Guns Creative may have made one of my very favorite beer labels so far this year. Created for Longwood Brewery, the Stoutnik branding features a predominantly matte black exterior save for the prism foil logo, which shines and glimmers in the light. The contrast is extremely striking, and you know if you saw this sitting on the shelf on an over-crowded beer shelf you’d do a double take.
I’m all about playing with your food, specifically when its for photographic purposes. Los Angeles-based food and lifestyle photographer Andrea Bricco has a family history steeped in food. And though her work is more serious (and seriously beautiful) in nature, her food styling projects are another story. With a client list that includes everyone from GQ and Los Angeles magazine to chef conglomerates like Wolfgang Puck, her unusual work stands out in the saturated field of lifestyle photography.
Back when I was a kid I had a recipe book full of illustrations. It was a fantastic read, filled with fun pictures and great simple recipes. There must be something special about illustrated recipes as I still turn to that book today; always trying to measure out my ingredients just like the ones in the illustrations and dreaming of one day making perfect cartoon profiteroles. It’s perhaps because of this book that I often wonder why we rarely get to see illustrated recipes. Illustrators are so good at drawing food but we never really get to see them used in recipe books. Fortunately the Brighton-based illustrator Lucy Eldridge has a personal project where she’s painted some of her favorite recipes and they look delicious!
As always, New York based illustrator and designer Jon Contino doesn’t fail to impress. This morning he released a new project he did with Volga Beer, showcasing slick, clean labels with gritty drawings of some tough looking animals. I really love the way the gold foil was treated, it definitely makes the beer look even more enticing.
Balance. It’s critical to how we live our lives, and especially important when it comes to our diets. Elena Mora, an Italian stylist, takes the idea of a balanced diet and turns it into an artistic expression.