“Most energy drinks make you look like you’ve been kissing your cousin under the bleachers at the Parramatta Speedway. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that). They scream premium but relentlessly hum Bön Jovi songs under their breath. Our packaging philosophy is simple — make something that people want to show their friends”.
New Zealand based branding and packaging company, Marx Design, recently created this promotional gift box for StrangeLove, a new energy drink that is being introduced to the Australian market. This hamper includes one bottle of StrangeLove ginger beer energy drink, one steel bottle opener with a little rat silhouette and a heart cut into it, metal straws, cocktail straw, promotional cards that explain the product, and a deck of beautifully illustrated playing cards by Randy Mora.
This is an awesome campaign in Germany that was created to help raise funds for the youth in Rwanda and South Africa. This foosball table was themed around the many difficulties you find in the common areas where people play soccer. Details include bumpy clay, players using crutches, a tree in the middle of the field and a fountain hole in which the ball could suddenly disappear. The game consists of a bet of € 2 between the players. Through an integrated facebook application, every game can be digitally transferred into social media and spread virally. Once you log in with your Facebook profile, the game has a built-in camera is transmitted as live stream on Facebook.
I’m a huge fan of the super talented Katey Mangels, an illustrator and designer based in Philadelphia. I recently came across a project she did for a fictional company, “Phantom Calls”, that rents out ghosts to haunt people. Each ghost she has featured have their own unique skills and specialties, so take your pick. Not only is this an awesome quirky concept but it is designed beautifully and kinda makes me wish that things like this weren’t just fictional fun.
Have you seen what our friend and office buddy, Greg Rom, has been up to lately? Well we think you should, because it’s only a new company, and a super great one at that. So without further ado, meet Gentlemen, the new connoisseur film and production company on the block.
Gentlemen is a creative commercials production company that also dabbles in short films and other stuff.
Director Greg Rom is a performance and visual stylist, with a knack for tackling intricate VFX jobs. He is also, as legend goes, the original inspiration for Bruce Wayne, Tobey Maguire and Gandalf the Grey.
Executive Producer Vanessa La Trobe has a wealth of experience working on both agency and production-company levels. She is also, legend goes, the inspiration for Lara Croft, Margaret Thatcher and Baby from Dirty Dancing.
Our mission is to take a more intimate approach to the production process, allowing us to craft diverse, original products without any of the fancy-pants nonessentials. There. We said it.
Be sure to check out some of Gentlemen’s great work on their website, as well as follow them on Twitter.
Look at these cool monsters by animation directors Jens & Anna
Halloween is here, and inspired by the scary season animators Jens Blank and Anna Benner of have created a series of cut-out-able monsters. Simply download the PDFs, cut them out, fold and stick, and then start having some Halloween monster fun.
The monsters include the likes of Bone Cruncher, Eyeball Muncher and Smiling Terror, and they’re all based on creature designs that the animators had kicking around the studio. Aside from a sheet for each monster, you can also cut out some Puny Humans to feed to your new pets. Post photos here Picasso Pictures Facebook page and win free stuff! Who does not like free stuff?