From the folks at Method of Action who brought you The Color Game and Kern, here is a game called Shape Type. I found this one to be trickier than the other two, myself, but see what you think. It certainly shows you the delicate subtlety in the beauty of type.
I got 84%. What did you get?Pin It
Ikea products never cease to amaze me with their creativity. This isn’t even furniture.
The Stockholm Design Lab design this herring tin for Ikea and took the pull tab (which would normally be a design nuisance) and turned it into a charming focus point of the design. What a lovely way to illustrate the fish contained within the tin.
found via Lovely Package
I thought I’d stop in for a weekend dose of branding inspiration.
Branding is an amazing thing, and so much more than a logo. I get little shivers of delight every time I see an identity like these ones. It’s a bit like being introduced to someone you wish you’d known all your life. All I want to do is spend some time soaking in all the details.
A name like Handsome Coffee requires exceptional treatment. Ptarmak (pronounced tar-mack) is responsible for this delightful identity including packaging, mugs shirts and website. I want it all, and I don’t even drink coffee…
Found on Pinterest
Glasfurd & Walker put together this expansive identity for The Dirty Apron. I have a thing both for kraft paper and for stamps. This brand uses both, resulting in a feeling of simple honesty. It brings to mind hearty foods and wholesome values of responsible artisans.
Found on the Graphic Exchange
A pub is a pub right? Wrong. Liverpool English Pub (in the Ukraine!), based purely on it’s visual identity makes me think that this is one that I will have to visit at a some point. Reynolds and Reyner is a wonderful design company and they put all of their skill and imagination into putting all the pieces of this brand together. (On a personal note, I just love it when tessellations are included in brand identities. They add such texture.)
Found on Art of the Menu
I’d like to share an bsolutely charming font that I have just stumbled across: Blanch. It is a quirky, and delightful and comes in six different weights. I cannot wait until I have an opportunity to use it.
It is available at the Lost Type Co-op and was created by Atipus, a graphic communication studio in Barcelona. Here’s what they say:
“This typeface family came about from a search for a traditional font with a contemporary feel which reflected the Blanch products; artisanal recipes, adapted to our modern times.
This is a modular typeface family halfway between a 50s style sans serif and the range of numerical characters which most labelling machines use. These are seemingly contrasting concepts which lend themselves to the creation of an atypical font.”
Images from Atipus
That’s it from me this week. Have a wonderful weekend, find some lovely little corner of the world for yourself…
Lovelies from this week:
Branding a party and customizing pens for the July Babies celebration
Giving plan old butterfly clips a facelift and making July Babies magnets in Part 2
Transforming an old herb tin to a tea tin and customizing the tea as a last memento
July Babies cake toppers
And, at last, the final detail of the July Babies celebration: the cake toppers.
These served double duty, as they were both charming additions to the strawberry yogurt cake, and held the plastic wrap off of the sour cream glaze in transit.Pin It
Custom tea tins, labels and packaging.
I am so sorry that this event is over, because I had so much fun customizing and preparing everything. These tea packages, in particular, filled me with wiggles of joy. I might have to make some for myself. The tins are old herb containers that I have never been able to bring myself to get rid of. Sometimes it’s good to be a pack rat, because they worked perfectly!
July Babies part II!
Also for the boys, I gave some plain paperclips a facelift and dubbed them ‘Flutterby Clips’.
And, in peach, some little magnets featuring the July Babies icons: Thought Buttons
The final instalment of the July Babies mementos coming tomorrow.
I’m so excited to share my latest project. I’ve had various pieces of it finished for a week or so, but I couldn’t give it away!
Several members of my friends and family have birthdays in July. Rather that have numerous celebrations throughout the month, we’ve taken to having one big get-together dubbed the “July Babies” party. This year I decided to brand the celebration and put together some little favours and packaged them up.
All of the designs were based around a typographic symbol composed of a ‘J’ and a ‘B’ and icons of a candle and a balloon.
From these, I design a variety of patterns that I used throughout the party. (Peach & grey for girls, blue & grey for boys).
The first favour I put together were these pens, or Note-takers.
Stay tuned, there’s much more to come!Pin It
Talk about changing the rules to a game…
The playgrounds that I clambered on as a child were made of wood and tires combined with iron monkey bars. Japanese artist, Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam and her husband, Charles MacAdam conceive and construct these amazing textile playgrounds out of crocheted strings of nylon.
This one is set up at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Hakone, Japan. Vibrant colours, mysterious pockets to explore, and distant heights to reach – these landscapes are whimsical, outlandish, and appear to have jumped right out of a Dr. Seuss book.
More of these extraordinary structures are set up in Japan, Shanghai, Spain, and Singapore.Pin It