When I came across the collages from Alex Varanese it was looking straight into my childhood. They have a really retro feel and follow a strict colour scale. Alex writes about himself that he “likes red more than you do” and he sure does use it well.
See more: http://www.alexvaranese.com
OK I’m on a bit of a packaging roll but good stuff is just keep popping up around me. On a stroll around my neighbourhood I came across a line of hairproducts from Australian hairstylist Kevin Murphy in a hairdresser’s window. I really love the simplicity of the design but I am especially fond of the way the format on the bottles work. When they stand next to each other they almost form a little puzzle. The colours and the embossed letter also work really well.
See more: http://www.kevinmurphy.com.au
After all my Japan posts I got a great tip to check out Designer Taku Satoh and his studio (THANKS!!). They do a lot of packaging and it’s really lovely work. Quite a modern approach to packaging but also a respect for Japanese tradition and materials. A perfect mix!
See more: http://www.tsdo.jp/
No. 57 is a range of really lovely tea. The reason I am featuring it is however (of course!) for the packaging. I really love the simple white boxes with the small delicate illustrations contrastfully placed at the bottom.
See more: http://www.the57.net (really annoying website though!)
When I came across Serbian designer Peter Gregson I was overjoyed. I have seen so much of his work without knowing who did it and it’s always so nice to be able put a name on great work. I really love his handletterings and I think it’s so great how he approaches very different design diciplines, like packaging and editorial, with the same courage.
See more: http://www.petergregson.com/blog/
Here’s one for the boys! If you didn’t already run to the newsstand in July last year then I’m afraid it’s too late to get a copy of the Esquire issue with a practically naked Bar Rafaeli on the cover. I am of course doing this post PURELY for the typography which was done by James Victoire. I bet he enjoyed working on this kind of canvas! There was also done a beautiful series of photos from the covershoot by James White.
See more by James Victoire here.
Filed under: Illustration/Art
I recently saw a page from the sketchbook of Will Scobie and I just had to see more. Safe to say I was not disapointed to see the productivity of this young illustrator from the UK. I love his work which is based upon a principle of one continous line and the simple hits of colour are really used very effectfully.
See more: http://www.reveriecreate.co.uk/
Filed under: Packaging
My last Japan post will have to be all the packaging I carried back. The cashiers at the various supermarkets did noticably wonder a little bit about the strange selection of goods I was buying. Quite understandable, I’m not sure when I’d actually NEED to buy only a bag of potato starch and a carton of sake, but oh well. I did feel kinda disrespectful throwing out the quite gross curry dish from the yellow packages and emptying the milk and sake in the zink at the hotel. But I was balancing dangerously with overweight luggage so every ounce counted.
So I kinda took the piss about the Valentine’s chocolates, but that was before I saw how deadly serious the Japanese are about the chocolate giving. Every respectful department store had cleared their bottom floor and filled it with high end chocolatiers. Mostly from Europe, even Danish Morten Heiberg was there. If I was a packaging designer I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven, as it was I just spent about an hour of each day in department stores looking at chocolates (luckily my boyfriend is a designer too, and quite patient with me!).
I was especially impressed with Pierre Marcolini and Debailleul, two quite different styles. I was also very impressed when I visitted Pierre Marcolini’s website upon arrival home. A fantastic example of how to present something in a delicious and aesthetic way. Also a great example that webcomposition doesn’t have to be all boxed up.
Visit Pierre Marcolini.