I recently re-listened to this podcast featuring the late Massimo Vignelli, best-known for creating the iconic New York City subway map, discusses intellectual elegance, education, love, the pitfalls of marketing, and his long career in design.
I urge you to download the Vingelli Canon a concise bible of his approach to designing just about anything. This is a must-read for any designer. Enjoy.
Unearth International is a group of companies who identify local opportunities and aims to unlock the potential of rural communities. Aspiring to uplift locally relevant economies, Unearth targets people, making them aware of the environment that they so diligently reply on. Unearth does this by creating sustainable and locally relevant commercial partnerships.
We were challenged with clarifying the way the group communicate their structure and the value that they deliver.
Unearth – Focuses on Community Development
Unearth Experience – Focuses on Travel & Tourism
Disruption Capital – The Finance Arm
In order to bring this to work graphically, we needed a brand that allowed each company to build off the success of the others but still allowed for differentiation. Our work needed to function for all 3 companies and leave room to expand into future companies or even sub-projects of Unearth (Schools, Businesses, and Farms).
We created a dynamic and adaptive brand by creating an icon based on “U”, a grid based on nature, and colours based on Africa.
To work on multiple formats from websites to game drive vehicles, we created a flexible relationship between the “U” and type mark. The relationship can change dynamically as and when needed.
To bring the brands together, we executed bold and striking collateral that reflects the personality of each company.
To view the full project, check out our Behance project, Unearth Group Branding
British modern craft beers take pride in their unique and bold artistic design – simplistic, bright and brave labelling is the new face. Craft beer has brought better-tasting brews – and created very exciting opportunities for designers and illustrators to show what they are capable of. Here you can look over the wonderful work of designers, illustrators and agencies at the forefront of British craft beer label design.
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Gosia Herba mixes gouache, collage, pencils, crayons, and watercolour to create beautiful compositions in her sketchbook. She illustrates people, animals, and objects in an abstract way that gives them a round, puffy presence. The general feeling of her sketchbook is happy and playful, but also mysterious because in a handful of the paintings you can see the characters shedding tears. She cuts out little shapes and layers it with paints to create something bigger. She likes to use bold, blue shapes that are balanced out with perfectly placed patterns in many of her other works too!
Sandra Costa created this beautiful corporate identity for Espai Bretanya, a Brittany cultural institution in Barcelona. The design reflects the geomorphology of Brittany. Sandra Costa is a Graphic Designer originally from Porto, Portugal, currently living and working in Barcelona.
Inspire, Awaken, Relax, and Slumber. The four different cannabis (Yes, you read correctly) nectars will allow you to focus or unwind, depending on what you need. John McNeil Studio designed AYA, a high-end cannabis option that is chemical and pesticide free.
“As the market for medical marijuana continues to grow and California prepares for the possible recreational legalisation of marijuana this November, the Sonoma Cannabis Company—together with its marketing partner, John McNeil Studio—launched a premium cannabis product, AYA, positioned in the top tier of cannabis brands.”
AYA features lovely, dreamy packaging, with a galaxy of stars in the sky and a coordinating vibrant colour for each. An animal rests on the front, the characteristics of which can indicate the purpose of the cannabis. It also creates a sense of feeling more in touch with nature and the earth. A background pattern keeps things lively, and all of the illustrations are done with meticulous detail—indicating the high quality of AYA.
Scroll down for a selection of the packaging
Can you guess the album cover?
This is a series of minimalist posters created by the designer Nicholas Barclay. Known for his distinctive style, Barclay deconstructed iconic album covers into simple colours and shapes. Barclay is the master minimalist design. We think these album covers are beautiful and rather nifty, don’t you?
Take an art venture through the Disney Publishing’s Golden Book Archives!
A visit to the Disney Publishing Golden Book Archives, where original artwork (created by the likes of everyone from Lorelay Bove to Eric Goldberg) is one of Disney’s best kept secrets. The archives are not open to the public, but Disney Publishing Vice President of Global Art, Ken Shue has released sneak peeks of these treasures.
Scroll down for a few of our favourite artworks and view the full archive here
Elizabeth Laferrière – Art Director and graphic designer working freelance, she creates still and moving images that encompass her poetic, sensitive and spontaneous vision. She plays around with typography, collage, and video, and aspires to move towards set design where she can develop a more comprehensive approach.
We just love her poster series for a bar in Canada – To present their 4th year’s bookings, the bar wanted to share dreamlike images. Here are some portraits where music resides, transforms the minds to the rhythm of its undulations.
Scroll down for a selection of the posters or check out her Behance for more inspiring work
G-Shock’s lookbook for its Spring/Summer 2016 collection features skaters in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
The photographs portray a distinct contrast of what one would expect to see in an art gallery, but that’s what makes the shots so appealing. They come across as rebellious and youthful with the streetwear-adorned men posing in front of Russian art pieces with their tattoos, skateboards and bikes; some images even feature the boys break dancing and skating through the gallery. Aside from product close ups, almost every shot unassumingly displays G-Shock watches on the skater’s wrists.