Sometimes the best packaging is the simplest, and this system by Anna Trympali is certainly doing that idea justice. The design is clean and the color palette is simple, yet all of this works together to show off the design and the purpose. The patterning adds texture, but does not overwhelm the pieces. Everything is clear and thought-through. Each piece has an extra surprise that keeps the viewer looking for more. I especially like the photographs and the way the boxes and labels are displayed. This system has everything that a designer needs to remember to do with their work: a clear yet appealing system, wonderfully executed work, and wonderful presentation.
Sometimes you have to veer off the design path to get back on it, and this is one of those times. When looking for identity and branding examples, I found this piece and was enamored by its patterns and color. Although it is flat, it has texture to make up for it. I love that each piece of candy in the image has its own style, its own being. There is character in every element. The hand of the artist is easily seen in the style of the drawing, something that does not always present itself in some forms of design. This is a wonderful way to rejuvenate a design stuck in low gear.
I have posted quite a few branding campaigns lately, but I simply could not pass this up. Betlem, created by Toormix, is a wonderful example of a full branding package, including extra elements like special coasters, napkins, and the storefront. Each piece corresponds with the theme and all the symbols and imagery follow a similar style. I especially enjoy the coasters, the backs of the menus, and the backs of the small informational pieces. The illustrations are so clever, and add an element of fun to a clean and sophisticated system. What a wonderful way to end a day of design inspiration.
Packaging once more, but alas, I cannot help but post this. When you thought everything had been done, you stumble upon something that might just be sliding into the new, or at least refreshed, category. That is what I thought when I saw this packaging, Pasta for One, by Alessia Olivari. It is an interesting concept, pasta in individual packages. However, concept was not what I was most interested in, but rather the design. This could be considered simple, with the number of elements used, but it is nowhere near simple when it comes to the patterning. The design does not come off as busy, but beautiful, and it would definitely make consumers stop and take another look in the pasta aisle. I love how the label seems to come off the packaging and is so elegant. The typefaces and small filigree elements play off each other and the patterning in a wonderful and playful way. The colors help to tie everything together. This is a great example of using many different elements and combining them into one cohesive design system.
I have been paying extra attention to signage as of late. However, I was not always considering it sculpture, and perhaps I should change that idea. These examples of signage range from basic design, to sculptural art. This pieces is most definitely site specific art and design, and it helps to open many new doors in showing just what can be done with type in a space. It engages what might not always be considered a beautiful area, and makes it fun and thoughtful. Signage doesn’t have to be bland and functional. It can be fun and there for everyone to enjoy. What a wonderful thing to remember when you get into a design rut.
And yet another website portfolio…yes I have been looking at different artists and designers, how they work, what they do, and how it is presented. I came across this designer, Sophie Menoux, while looking for my “art parents,” the two artists and designers that I most identify with (a project from the book Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, which I highly recommend). While this designer didn’t make the cut for my art parents, she most certainly made it when it comes to inspiration. Her work is simple, but it has a hand-lettered, hand-drawn quality that I really enjoy. The pieces are not just standard harsh typefaces that can read as cold and unwelcoming when used in certain situations, but warm and bold. They call attention to her work, whether its a call to action or not. Although I would not necessarily model my own portfolio site after this format, it is clean, and her work is clearly presented. This is a wonderful portfolio to look when I need to see something slightly more organic.
While looking for examples of stationary and branding done well, I came across this: Disperse. It is so simple, and yet the design is sophisticated and well put together. Each piece has a clear connection to the rest. The best part of this system is the punched out dots. It is such a nice touch to what could be a sterile design; it adds an element of fun. This system is a wonderful example of what I strive to achieve with my design.
I don’t have an iPhone, or an iPod, or an iPad…for that matter I don’t own anything that uses an app. However, that does not mean that I won’t look at design built around that prospect. When I came across this design by Omar Puig, I was pulled in by this app design. When I first saw it, I thought that it was a 3D piece for some project, but then I realized it was an app icon, something that is very 2D. I was impressed. There are two color sets to this icon, and both have the quality that makes me want to reach out and move the flaps that appear to come up out of the design in a hot-air balloon shape. Everything about these say contemporary design, and they take it a step further, with a level of detail that makes the work pop off the page.
When looking for inspiration for my own branding system, I began looking at stationary. One of the sets that stood out was this design for a company called T&Cake by Build. The stationary alone is fun with a touch of elegance, alluding to the historical roots of the topic. I especially like the way the type and bite out of the corner of each piece play off each other. The design is so simple and clean, only using purple white, gray, and an occasional pop of red. The use of “white space” is wonderful, and it is well put together; clearly a system and a wonderful example of what can be done.
I have been searching the web looking for interesting portfolios, and I most certainly have found a few in the past few weeks. This week, I stumbled upon the work of Susana Pimentel, a graphic designer and illustrator. Her work is bright and utilizes quite a few shape elements to ground each piece. The details and text relations are beautifully aligned with their purpose. Her illustrations are amazing, quirky and fun. To top it off, her portfolio site is clean and easy to navigate. She has created an experience that a graphic designer needs to accomplish to design successfully.