Inspiration Lab

My Animal Farm
April 29, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Graphic Design | Tags: ,

I’ll forgive you for not knowing but today is post number 500 of this whole shabang (am celebrating with a cup of lukewarm school kitchen coffee). At 400 I posted my own website, just because I could, and I’m gonna be totally opportunistic and show you my newest editorial experiment today.

I did an homage to Danish band Alphabeat over the weekend because I had a song by them stuck in my head. Also, I AM still a designer even though I work at a design school, and I need to get my hands greasy sometimes too. That’s why I love doing self initiated stuff. I found the wonderful photos by Miles Aldridge (see post here on Inspiration Lab) and used them as inspiration for the overall design. I wonder if the band would like it :-)

See my other work at

Stina Persson
April 27, 2010, 8:23 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Packaging | Tags:

One of my very first posts here on Inspiration Lab was Swedish illustrator Stina Persson of whom I’m a huge fan. Since then Stina has done loads of great work and I recently came across a new series of skin products from Face Boutique with Stina’s signature style. What a beautiful line! Would look great in my bathroom!

Visit Stina.

Visit Face Boutique.

SPD 44
April 26, 2010, 11:24 am
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I FINALLY got my hands on the SPD 44th annual. Seriously, these books are my dearest possesions. Brimming with inspiration, they are a must have if you’re into editorial design. Just have a look at these lovely spreads. Now I’m just waiting for the 45th annual :-)

You can buy the book on Amazon.

Berocca vs. OK Go
April 23, 2010, 9:39 am
Filed under: ADs | Tags:

I’ll end the week with just one more “Ad buster” cause this one pisses me off. I know this isn’t a new ad but it just hit Denmark recently and I really hate it. I guess it’s kind of an homage since it’s so damn obvious, but it just seams like an easy way out of doing a commercial and really unlikable for a big medicin company with lots of money.

I still love Love LOVE the OK Go musicvideo:

…but really hate the Berocca ad:

Tetra Pak by Amore
April 22, 2010, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Packaging

I recently came across a really interesting piece in Swedish design mag Cap & Design. The case was on how brand and identity agency Amore had been asked to promote packaging mogul Tetra Pak’s different cartons. Amore had been asked to make attractive visualisations with the different types of cartons, and they decided to work only with paper as that is essentially the material from which the cartons are made. The idea with this line of cartons is of course to sell the cartons to food manufacturers in which case the cartons would be branded differently, so you would never actually find this series in a supermarket. That’s why I think they at least deserve to be featured here.

Visit Amore:

War Design
April 21, 2010, 7:20 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging

If you can make building materials look attractive then you’re pretty good right? So have a look at Australian agency War Design. You might know them from their work on Logan Wine and 12 Inches which have both won them numerous awards. But they have also done lots of other great work.

See more:

David Fullarton
April 20, 2010, 7:12 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art | Tags:

I recieved a tip to check out illustrator David Fullarton (Thanks George!) and I was not disapointed! GREAT collages, with a mixture of drawings, doodles, different scraps of paper and handwriting, not to mention a devious sense of humour.

See LOTS more in his Flickr set.

Nissan vs. Sony Bravia
April 19, 2010, 7:29 am
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So did anyone see the new Nissan ad on TV and have a total Sony Bravia deja-vu? I sure did. Just watch bellow and tell me if the ending isn’t a bit of a rip off.

Nissan ad (2010):

Sony Bravia ad (2006):

Ruven Afanador
April 18, 2010, 8:33 am
Filed under: Photography | Tags:

I often see fashionshots that I like in magazines and when I check the byline to see who it’s by, it’s Ruven Afanador. He’s done so many great fashion series, and he is so versatile, he always seam to nail the shot to go with the styling.

See lots more of his portfolio.