Month: February 2013

Inspiration: Character design and concept by Michael Kutsche

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Incredible characters and concept art by Michael Kutsche for Disney’s John Carter

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Packaging design: Arboris Organic Cosmetics

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“To offer innovative solutions, eyeing, in particular, the European market. The name Arboris (in Latin – “tree”) appeared on the base on the completely natural composition, which includes nothing but vegetable ingredients. Arboris products, due to their natural origin, have a small shelf life. We proposed to use a special paint in the design of labels. The paint begins to fade when the cream loses its freshness. Black color and mascara-stylized appearance show the premium qualities of the product and make it stand out from the mass of skin care cosmetics.”

– Ohmybrand

Fonts of the week: The rising stars of February

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Rational yet friendly: such is the personality of many a typeface today. Many of the fonts featured in this newsletter are the result of the somewhat paradoxical fusion of geometrical shapes — constructed with circles and straight lines — and just enough likable detailing to steer clear of rigidity and iciness. Which is just as well at this chilly time of year, as millions of us in the Northern hemisphere crave silver linings, bluebells and blossoms, and the warm yet sensible curves of well-crafted type.

Valentine’s Special product of the week: Love Me Playing Cards by Curtis Kulig

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The newest addition to the Love Me campaign – the Love Me Playing Cards. Playing cards hand illustrated by artist Curtis Kulig. Inspired by his iconic campaign in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Los AngelesKulig’s art has been featured in gallery shows around the world, and Curtis has since collaborated with Converse, HBO, Nike, and Shepard Fairey. Available at theory11.com for $6.95 a deck. – the perfect Valentines day gift.

Valentine’s Special Typography: Love At First Type

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For this Valentine’s Day instead of a bouquet of roses, because, let’s be honest, desktop font licensing for one user is forever. Many years from now, your loved one will still be able to type out their love for you in Fiorentina, compared to just reminiscing about or staring longingly at a picture of a beautiful bunch of flowers you bought them once upon a time.

Inspiration: Swissted

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Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. Each design is set in lowercase Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk medium (NOT Helvetica). Every single one of these shows actually happened.

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