Archives for the month of: May, 2011

After today, my posts will be based on my days abroad in Paris (so in a sense, it will temporarily turn into a travel blog haha). My plane leaves tomorrow and I cannot tell you enough how excited I am to get over there. My posts will probably be short, as they usually are, due to my limited time in the day I’ll have to be online and because I’m a person of few words (I do poorly when I try to explain something in depth). Anyhow, today I’ve got some french entertainment designs to share.

Below are two movie posters for french films:

Different styles, but interesting nonetheless.

I also discovered recently that the French love graffiti and street art. One such artist I stumbled upon is JR- a french artist who displays his work publicly in some of the largest cities by mounting enormous black and white photos onto (most of the time unauthorized) spaces. He calls it the largest exhibit in the world.

Pretty astounding and profound… If you love his work and would like to see more of his universal work, follow this link > JR Photos

And I’ll see you all in Europe!

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Um…can I say too awesome?? I honestly considered getting this till I read up the legality of tasers in Florida…hm. But what this is, its an electric seal! Literally! It is a taser disguised as an adorable pink seal keychain for young girls to protect themselves from crazy people who try to touch you inappropriately (I so want this)

Who would think that such a cute accessory could be so useful and electrifying (not to mention a self defense weapon). This is called creative clever and efficient design right here. 🙂

If any one is interested, this cute little thing can be found at Strapya World for about $30. Unfortunately they’re all sold out at the moment, but maybe they’ll restock soon so keep checking back!

Today’s post will be about wine! I mentioned it in my previous post how wine is incorporated in every french meal (well not EVERY meal). The purpose is to accent and compliment the food being eaten and is very much part of the entire dish like any other spice or seasoning.

This is a conceptualized packaging and label for the wine VIN by Adrian Gilling who graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His design is based on strong angles and limited metallic colors to parallel the “crisp nature of the wine.” – Adrian Gilling

Another wine label based heavily on sharp edges and text.

A french packaging design for Promenade Wine (very french illustrations and colors).

Recently, my mother found this french wine at the grocery store on sale, you know, when the store puts a bunch of items they’re trying to get rid of in a shopping cart for real cheap. Well it was called “French Rabbit” and she decided to try it out. Turns out its a very nice wine (of course it is- its French!) I admit, I like the packaging the french do for wine, the pouch-like cartons (doesn’t mean I don’t admire the typical glass wine bottles either). Something fresh about these boxed ones…

=]

And just for fun! I couldn’t resist this when I first saw it. The Anti-Theft Lunch Bags -Its very clever and hilarious, plus you’ll get to have your lunch for the day!

Can we say “saved by the mold?” Haha

As I inch nearer my trip over seas, I’ll be posting more relevant posts of that culture. As many of you know (if not all), Paris is a place where cafes are focal points for socializing, working, and for relaxing. You can practically find one at every corner of every street and easily sit with a cup of coffee and light sandwich or croissant while chatting, surfing the web, reading, or even thinking.

Because coffee is such a large part of french culture (just as wine accompanies most meals, coffee is almost always usually ordered at the end of a meal), I want to share some designs for a coffee shop branding. These come from one of my favorite graphic design studios, A-Side, which is set in the UK. This particular branding is for Origin Coffee.

Origin’s coffee cups. Simple, professional, and clean. The bottom one is more playful and colorful but still retains its elegance with its languid lines and muted color palette.

A coffee table book (below: cover and interior)

The coffee packaging (below)

And a breath-taking flyer that would definitely grab my attention as soon as I set eyes on it.

Please please visit their website for more creative and unique designs. It feeds my appetite for cool design and if I need inspiration and I promise you you’ll find something to your liking =]

Click Here to visit their website.

Have a good one!

When I made my first post a couple weeks ago, it was about my trip to Paris. Well its still true! I’ll be leaving next tuesday! I’m tremedously excited, especially since it will be officially my first experience out of the country. So today’s post is French inspired in honor of this exciting event.

This was simply something I found that would definitely give you the idea and feel for Paris (as the Eiffel Tower can do that easily)

I found a fantastic French graphic designer, Toan Vu-Huu, who has some beautiful pieces. If you like his work, you can visit his website www.toanvuhuu.com. I will only post some of his pieces to give you a sneak peak of his work: very clean, elegant, and slightly playful as a French artist should be  =)

“Logo for the symposium event Berlin–Paris 2030 […]” — Toan Vu-Huu

This is the portfolio for French Architects Élisabeth Naud and Luc Poux.

A postcard for visual identity…

This link > click here! shows you all the amazing things you can do as a graphic designer with one design

Definitely definitely check him out! He’s an amazing graphic artist worth gawking at. Hope your day is friendly!

à bientôt!

As promised, here are some other finalists from the Chicago International Poster Biennal that I found most interesting. Again, there were many more entrees and they’re all terrific, so these were just my preferences in what was most visually appealing and looked polished.

  Wang Zhiqiang — China

Santiago Robles Bonfil — Mexico

Masayuki Terashima — Japan

Lin Shaobin — China

  James Victore — USA

Giselle Monzón Calero — Cuba

This last one was the winner for the student competition.

Chitchai Kuandachakupt, Japan
Biking is infinitely green

Hope you all found these to your liking like I did =]

Something we all, especially we creatives, should remember.

I know I mentioned about posting more posters from the Chicago International Poster Biennal but I wanted to share a few things I saw while shopping in the mall today. Honestly, I really wanted to take pictures of packaging from every store in the mall but I knew I couldn’t because the shop owners would be disturbed and would shun away my camera.

I saw these Lollia soaps in these cute packagings but unfortunately, because I couldn’t take any of my own photos, this is one I found online. This isn’t the exact one I saw but its still very nice. The colors work well together and with the type. The composition is also clean and simple, which always works well.

BUT- I WAS able to take photos of their advertisements from outside the stores! Haha! So These are some of the ones I thought were interesting and well done:

Again, typography caught me >__<  The mix of fonts, sizes, and colors make the piece interesting while sending its message through hierarchy of scale: First thing you read is “US OPEN.” Then you see the words “Hurley” and “Tilly’s” which tells you the sponsors and who is hosting the event. Then of course you see “Win a trip to the” and “of surfing.”

I like this logo, I think its classy : ]

Once more, an ad made from typography (I’ve also seen it done at Panera too).

I hope you all had a great Sunday!

I came across awesome graphic posters from the 2010 Chicago International Poster Biennal. I’ll post a few here and I’ll probably post some more tomorrow because these are all really amazing. What’s also really neat is how different each designer’s style is and how their culture influences the type of the design and which direction the design is pulled.

This one is a poster by Korean Graphic Designer Seok Jaewon. This piece was a finalist in the Chicago International Poster Biennal, as well as the other designs posted:

This is from German Designer Goldstein (It doesn’t say his first name…)

A cool Jazz Piano by Joanna Górska And Jerzy Skakun from Poland.

And these last two are by Japanese Graphic Artist Gaku Ohsugi.

I’ll definitely post more of these tomorrow. These are all really inspiring and gives you a wide range of what graphic design is about and what can be done in that field. Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did   =]

Now that I’m on the topic of packaging (I LOVE packaging) I found some other fantastic packaging ideas that are fun, clean, and well crafted.

These are ice cream cup bobblers created by junfei176 . These are perfect for children, a great way to make them eat their fruits and veggies (if you use the cups for that purpose instead of just ice cream).

This is really cute too. This one is called “Frusion” by designslave (on Deviantart). Another great idea for kids’ lunches.

And This:

I don’t even know if this is real or not (I think its hypothetical) but how cool would that be! A milk carton that says milk! (Judging by a couple of my past posts…I think it is clear that I’m in love with typography…)

haha…ha. I think its cool… >__>