We completed a range of designs for The Vineyard Belfast- starting with their Brand identity, then printed bottles for their Growlers (2 sizes) and more recently Gift cards and Wallets- we just received the above range of promotional shots of all from them, they were so good we just had to share them!
If you wish to read more on the work we carried out on these follow this link:
The Vineyard Belfast
Thanks again to Karen and the guys at The Vineyard, looking forward to more projects in the coming months!
Artist Jason Ratliff has created Super Shadows, a fantastic illustrations of imaginative children’s shadows that reveal their inner comic book superhero. Prints are available to purchase online from Curioos.
Curioos also conducted an interview with Ratliff that focuses on his Super Shadows project:
How did your shadows series get started? What was your first source of inspiration?
This series of “Super Shadows” comes after my original series “Walking Shadows”, which illustrates various peoples’, animals’, and objects’ shadows with an abstract, low-poly feel. The series first started after flipping through an old sketchbook of unfinished ideas. I came across an old drawing of an unassuming elderly woman. The only thing I had yet to draw was the shadow. The drawing was at least 5 or 6 years old. I remember not finishing it because I didn’t know where to take it. But after all that time, once I saw it again everything clicked. I instantly knew how I wanted to finish that one and I instantly knew what I was going to do for the next 3 pieces. It all grew from there. Unlike the first shadows, which explore everything from people to animals to objects, this new series of “Super Shadows” is wholeheartedly focused on the inherent power of a child’s potential and imagination. (read more)
Via Laughing Squid
Be sure to keep an eye out in the shops for the redesigned Tayto packaging that we have been involved with over the past few months. As well as changing the design Tayto have selected a heavier film giving the packaging a better feel as well as over all look- we have also strengthened a couple of the colours to really make them jump off the shelf!
It was quite a tough brief to change every element of the actual famous pack but to keep them still very familiar to possibly every single person in N Ireland!
AS well as the new packets we have also re illustrated Mr Tayto- giving him a range of emotions and poses.
To read and see more about this job please follow this link: Tayto Redesign
Brazilian illustrator Mr. Peruca has created a fun set of illustrations that shows iconic characters' bald heads. From television and movie characters to a real-life leader, these men aren't just known for their lack of hair, they're famous for their distinct personalities. The series is called Notorious Baldies.
Mr Peruca website
We love the amazing work of Mike Mitchell, his series of Movie character portraits are simply awesome. Be sure to check them all out at this link: Mike Mitchell
We do enjoy when a bit of humour and some design get thrown together! Happy Friday!
Living Green compost is produced on the Crossan family farm. Located on the rugged scenic Inishowen peninsula in North Donegal. In 2003 they diversified from sheep farming into worm farming and now are the largest worm farm in Ireland and the UK!
Their unique compost is created when the worms digest organic matter converting it into rich compost with a very fine structure that flows like sand.
For this unique product they wanted an organic and Eco friendly feel to the branding and packaging, we worked with the printers to develop the above designs resulting in a truly eye-catching product.
"Anyone who saw the 1986 coming of age movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, will know just how important Abe Froman was to the sausage producing industry of Chicago.
Although a private man, Abe was a tenacious and powerful food industry magnate. From humble beginnings as a butcher shop apprentice, he went on to dominate sausage production in the northern states. Often referred to as “the sausage king of Chicago” he foolishly diverted attention, investing heavily on the stock market, losing most of his fortune in a one day 1987 market crash, known as Black Monday.
Now, thanks to a re-invention in collaboration with Robot Food, Abe is back and looking stronger than ever, with a brand new range of sausages. Named Stateside Recipes, the product line-up celebrates flavours from many of the 50 states.
Robot Food developed the proposition, designing a strong identity that reflects Mr. Froman in his hay day. They also created the unique flavour combinations, backed up by regional on-pack tone and provenance marked by an icon, which represents the relevant state."
The logo illustration is by the talented Ryan Berkley from Portland, Oregon.”
Launched in 1999 as NutsOnline and based on a family business dating back to 1929, the newly named Nuts.com is an online retailer of more than 200 varieties and treatments of nuts as well as dried fruit, snacks, chocolate, and coffee and tea. After living at www.nutsonline.com for thirteen years, the company was finally able to purchase www.nuts.com and adopt it as its name, and design a new identity and packaging around it, which was designed by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, quite literally this time: the logo and type are based on his own hand-drawn alphabet, digitized byJeremy Mickel. The identity is complemented with nut character illustrations by Christoph Niemann.
Again we love the strong use of minimal colours and illustrations really making this packaging stand out.
"It's not who you are underneath. It's what you do that defines you." That's what Rachel Dawes tells Bruce Wayne in the movie Batman Begins. And it was this simple quote that provided the inspiration for this striking set of prints by California-based artist Khoa Ho. Website link here.
The striking illustrations depict the past and present of some of the world's favourite superheroes. "Everyone has a memory, a past," says Ho. "It's the driving force behind all of our actions for our present, our future.
Trials of the past"In this poster series I took a dive into the origins of these individuals and who they were before they became superheroes to remind us that despite the trials of our past, what we choose to do moving forward is much more important to us and the world we share."
It's the contrast in these pieces that, we think, makes them so effective, not only in the striking use of black and white but also in the depictions of each superhero and their human alter ego.
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