Sunday, March 9, 2014

Worker B Candles

Worker B Candles
Angel Bomb completed the design for Worker B Candles featuring a beautiful laser cut honeycomb pattern.
"Beeswax production is an incredibly labor-intensive task, both by the bees and our neighbors at Worker B. When we started developing packaging, we decided to focus on the bee's process of collecting wax. Layered with different elements of the process, custom illustrated flowers climb around the label over the top of a laser cut honeycomb pattern. This movement alludes to the cycle the bees go through to collect this wax throughout their entire life. We then letterpress printed this label in house."


Fashion2Customer needed to unite several Scandinavian clothing brands in one single multi-brand store and they called upon ViewPoint to help them do so.
"So we were set a widespread task – to create both a common strategy and a total brand visual identification system down to the smallest details. The Store image should have reflected its Scandinavian origin of represented brands, be modern, young and European and so it could be clearly identified by Russian consumers."
The target audience of the store is young, advanced, full-hearted people who are in the know of all fashion events and who often say “Yes, I know”.  It is just where the name “Yes, I now” came from. English words constituting it helps make brand international and borderless, on the one hand, and  at the same time remain intelligible for those who do not speak English in general. 

Scandinavian Style is presented in combination of white brick background, contrast graphic and colorful stresses – quite turquoise, oxide orange and beige. Logotype with stitches and reversed “i” turned into exclamation mark becomes both impression element and brand sense basis.
"We also elaborated communication constrictor in customer dialogue format, i.e. hen-tags, bags, cards and other storages: “Everybody likes it! - Yes, I know”, “What you are looking for - Yes, I know”, “It’s your sale today - Yes, I know”, “Something stylish is being carried there - Yes, I know” and so on. They help put the stresses and underline up to the moment things inside the store. While working on the concept we took into account the fact how it could be reflected in the interior. That is why we created individual pattern containing dozens different faces of “Yes, I know”. It is used for interior zonation, and also could be found in wrapping and other branded items developed for the store."

Givenchy Lipstick

Givenchy Lipstick
Two Create has designed iconic lipstick packaging for the couture Parisian brand, Givenchy.
The aim was to create a luxe objet d’art that would be a status symbol and icon of the future for the brand. The outcome, named ‘Rouge Interdit’, resembles a modern and refined fashion accessory.  The black grosgrain ribbon references Givenchy's couture heritage and is used to remove the barrel from the sleeve with a feminine gesture. Givenchy creates limited editions of the lipstick each season by updating the ribbon. This clever initiative by Two Create has resulted in a design that has now outlived all predecessors. Two Create’s design remains the signature lipstick of Givenchy’s Le Make-Up range and continues to perform well.  Two Create were responsible for the physical form of the lipstick, it’s materials and decoration including changing the orientation of the ‘Givenchy’ logo from horizontal to vertical for more impact (a principle now implemented by the brand). Two Create also worked on the outer carton, referencing the ribbon texture via a multi-layered embossing.   

Two Create went on to design and manufacture a bespoke handmade box to house 9 shades of the lipstick as a luxurious gift for 100 of Givenchy’s chosen recipients for it’s launch and later designed a version of the pack for Givenchy’s sheer lipstick, ‘Rouge Interdit Shine’ and ‘Phenomen'eyes’ ball brush mascara, both following ‘Rouge Interdit’ styling.

Fishion Chinese New Year Pocket by BLOW

Fishion Chinese New Year Pocket by BLOW
BLOW collaborated with Polytrade Paper again to make use of the colourful astrobrights papers to create a set of 16 contemporary red packet designs with the theme ‘Fishion’ for 2014 Chinese New Year.
Fish is an elegant and auspicious symbol in Chinese traditions. It has a meaning of good fortune and abundance in the Chinese New Year.
"To deliver a happy & prosperous atmosphere of the new year, we have created the theme ‘Fishion’ and illustrates the elegant and lively movements of the Fish on different red pockets with vibrant colors and printing effects. The ‘Fishion’ red pockets were sold in different retail stores."

Before & After: el Jimador Tequila

Before & After: el Jimador Tequila
Since its introduction in 1994, el Jimador Tequila has become the top-selling tequila in Mexico. To accelerate growth in the United States, el Jimador needed to strengthen its brand expression to differentiate itself from over 1,300 tequila brands already competing in the market. Brown-Forman brought in Cue Design to redesign the el Jimador packaging to give them the look they needed.
"Our partners at Brown-Forman Design invited us to collaborate and help el Jimador tell a more compelling brand story that would grab the attention of energetic young adults in the U.S. market. A premium, 100% agave tequila with authentic credentials, el Jimador needed to retain the equity it had built over the years as Mexico’s most popular tequila, while finding new ways to increase its shelf presence and appeal. The first step was to refresh and refine the brand’s primary identity."


New Identity

“As the next step in el Jimador’s rebrand, we explored how the current expression and brand promise, ‘Rise to the Occasion’ could come to life in relevant ways. For el Jimador’s audience, how they work and play affirms who they are and what they bring to the party. These consumers are attracted to brands that add value through credibility, helping them earn the respect of their peers. In a world of many tequila choices, el Jimador brings something meaningful to the party, but the packaging was not projecting this sense of fun, energy and spirit.”
The el Jimador brand stands for living life with courage, passion and pride. These values are expressed in the evolved visual identity, which strikes just the right balance of familiarity and uniqueness.




The redesigned bottle is sleeker, with more pronounced shoulders and base, giving it a modern silhouette. An embossed monogram of Casa Herradura serves as an elegant nod to the historic distillery where el Jimador is produced.
The name el Jimador honors the men who harvest the locally grown agave with great pride and care. An embossed illustration of the iconic jimador represents the hard work and dedication to craftsmanship displayed by the master agave harvesters.
El Jimador’s brand language system incorporates identity, color, typography and iconography to tell a more complete brand story. The new label is smaller and more streamlined, with a refined wordmark. The brand seal incorporates the product’s attributes into a mark of authenticity, and metallic colors differentiate blanco, reposado and añejo expressions. With a motif of agave plants and coas (traditional harvesting tools), the brand pattern reflects el Jimador’s hand-harvested product story.

Steve Jobs Rejected The First Medical App In 1977

Here’s the story of what might have been the first Apple medical app, except for the fact that in 1977 Steve Jobs had absolutely no interest in going in that direction.

Philips – Design

At Philips Design, we know we can only fulfill people’s needs and desires when we truly understand what they are. That’s why we always begin with getting to know as much as we possibly can about our target audiences: their priorities, values, inspirations, likes and dislikes. With this insight, our international, multi-disciplinary and diverse design team is able to deliver truly relevant solutions that anticipate people’s needs, exceed their expectations and enhance our customers’ business success.

Will Wearable Tech Bring Humanity a ‘Sixth Sense?’ | LiveScience

Could gadgets that measure brain waves and heart activity boost athletic and work performance, and perhaps even change the field of medicine?

Find Yourself: Search Flipboard to Add Content to Your Magazines

Digital publishing is about putting your content where your readers are. That sounds straightforward, but it’s not so simple, because lots of readers are now on lots of different channels — blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and more. That’s why, for bloggers and content publishers, it’s handy that Flipboard magazines let you combine content from all your current social platforms, all in one place.

Flipboard Tips

You can search for anything on Flipboard, and with 2.0 we instantly create a magazine out of your results. Here’s everything you need to know about finding great content.

Junk Head 1

Junk Head 1 is an epic, dark and funny, stop motion short film by Takahide Hori.

True Detective Opening Titles


Cinema 4D Materials Pack

The Pixel Lab has introduced a new Cinema 4D Materials pack with over 500 great looking textures, including a big selection of metal and 40 grungy alpha overlays for 50 bucks!

After Effects: Experiment Assignment 13

This After Effects Experiment is all about fire. There are plenty of ways to create realistic fire in After Effects. For my experiment I used the Ellipse effect to create the rings along with Turbulent Noise, Curves and Displacement Map to create the fire. Take a look at my project then give it a go yourself by either making mine look better or starting from scratch to create your own recipe.
Here’s my project file. Take at least 30 minutes and see what you can come up with, then post aJPG or movie link in the comments.

After Effects: Frosty Window

Inspired by the movie “Frozen”, in this tutorial I demonstrate how I combined Artbeats footage with only the default Adobe After Effects tools, to create a realistic frosty window effect.

New U.S. Federal Bill Proposes Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Great news animal lovers–a new federal bill introduced last week could finally put an end to cruel cosmetics testing on animals in the United States. Endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States and industry giants such as LUSH, the Humane Cosmetics Act would ban animal testing in the American cosmetics industry and prohibit the sale or transport of animal-tested cosmetics. The bill was introduced by U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA), who believes the U.S. needs to match the more humane alternatives to animal testing as adopted by the European Union. Want to learn how you can help? Click the bottom link to find out more.



Is This What a 'Normal' Barbie Looks Like?

Barbie, Nicolay Lamm, Inhabitots
Generations of girls have grown up playing with Barbie–with her tiny waist and unrealistically shaped feet. Finally, someone has asked the question: what if Barbie dolls looked more like the people who played with them? Last summer, artist Nickolay Lamm decided to show the world what Barbie might look like if she had the CDC measurements of an average 19 year-old woman in America. Fast forward to present-day, and the idea of the ‘average’ Barbie is gaining momentum. Tell us what you think of the design by voting in the Inhabitots poll.


Strange "Fairy Circles" Appear in the Middle of Africa's Namib Desert

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Southwest Africa’s Namib Desert is an arid landscape home to ostriches, leopards and other large animals. But a few of its more petite inhabitants are the makers of these huge desert circles that measure between 6.5 to 40 feet diameter. Biologist Norbert Juergens (University of Hamburg), who had been working to unlock the mystery, noticed that whenever he looked closely at the barren centers of fairy circles, he would also find sand termites (Psammotermes allocerus).
He found that without grass readily available to absorb rainwater and the release it back into the air (evaporation), any available water would collect in the porous, sandy soil. This water supply would keep the termites alive and active, even during the harshest days of the dry season. He also noticed that the root of the local plants had been chewed and that the areas in and around the circles showed traces of underground tunnels—all signs that the sand termites had been inhabiting the area.
Just like we recently witnessed with Japan’s underwater “crop circles”, nature’s tiny creatures are some of the world’s greatest artists.


Could These Artificial Composting Islands Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

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No one wants a landfill in their backyard, but the alternative – trucking garbage to other states – is an obvious drain on funds, fuel and energy. Present Architecture recently proposed a plan that they think could alleviate some of New York City’s current waste management issues by creating artificial islands off of each of the five boroughs. The pier-like stations would serve as composting facilities where a portion of NYC’s organic waste could be processed, while an elevated second level could double as parkland for area residents.


The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

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The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This bizarro egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-toed, crocodile-bodied assemblage completely bamboozled European naturalists when they stumbled on it back in 1798. It just had to be an elaborate fraud concocted by Chinese taxidermists (who had a reputation for sewing random bits together into mythical beasts). The serious European museum folk spent countless hours digging around with scissors looking for the stitches. In reality, he is the last living descendant of an ancient proto-mammalian reptile. Or a post-reptilian mammal. It’s not always clear, but this funny little nocturnal predator has some crazy-cool strategies that are apparently still working just fine. For instance, he has the baffling habit of folding up his eyes, ears, and nostrils within his skin when he dives. So, how does he find the wiggly little crunchy creatures he likes best down there? How the heck does he know where he’s going? The answer turns out to be truly marvelous, an exquisite combination of braille and electrolocation. Could we emulate the genius of the platypus? Find out more in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual !


“Six Blue Shadows” by Mimi Jung

Looove this enormous hand-woven piece by artist Mimi Jung. “Six Blue Shadows” measures 91″ x 59″ and is made entirely of bark, wool, and cotton fibers. If you have space on a big wall, it’s for sale here.

“Landed” by artist Ian Strange

Artist Ian Strange has recreated his childhood home and installed it in front of the Art Gallery of South Australia. The house is half buried in the ground as if it just fell right out of the sky. More images below.









Genevieve Bjargardottir

Photos by Genevieve Bjargardottir. See more below.







Daniel K. Sparkes

More of artist Daniel K. Sparkes drawings (some over top of other images). Found via March Submissions. More below.








La Iaia “L’Ós” music video produced by CANADA

Young love perfectly captured in this video, directed by Marc Oller for La Iaia’s song “L’Ós”. Whenever the name CANADA appears in the production credits you know it’s worth watching. Watch the video below.