Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas: Victoria Schwanke

To all who celebrate, Merry Christmas! Spend some time with family and friends (I know I will), sharing the magic of the season.


The Holiday Season

Christmas Lights by Victoria Schwanke

It’s that time of year again, and one of my favorites: Christmas. Thus, posting on here for the next week or two might be a bit sporadic due to travel and family/friend time (all good things, right?). However, I will still be online, so if you want to see snippets of what I am looking at, check out my design board on Pinterest. I’ll still be there posting my finds when possible, and I’ll try to swing by a few times to share here too. Regardless of what you celebrate this time of year, have a wonderful holiday season; it’s just getting started.

Design Perspective: Animals in Fiber

Elaine Bradford: Installation

Some things are just plain awesome. This installation by Elaine Bradford is just that type of piece. When I first found this piece, I was researching other examples of elephants created in fiber for a weaving project I was doing. I wasn’t able to find anything that was interesting and original at first, and began to get frustrated, until I found this piece. This is a playful piece, with lots of color and joy, and that is what makes it stand out. It makes the idea that knitters and crocheters like to put a cozy on everything seem true (I’m one of those people so I can say that; ask anyone that knows me about my water bottle or my phone). Regardless, I really enjoyed this piece. It brought a smile to my face and got me thinking of how this idea could be brought into my design work. I hope it does the same for all who see it.

Design Perspective: Packaging or Something More?

Allison Chambers Packaging Design

Sometimes a quick glance is all the time I have to give to some things, but often that doesn’t mean that that will be the last time I see it. The other day, I saw this design by Allison Chambers and knew that I would have to revisit it. Today, I took a second look. This design caught my eye originally because of its simplicity and bright pop of color. I loved how the package becomes a basic dispenser for the pencils inside. Each box clearly labels the type of pencil inside, and the pencils all carry the same pop of color as the box. I could see this fitting right along side the sophisticated tablets and papers of a design firm, or even in the classroom setting. I love how everything fits together in a beautiful presentation that beckons to be investigated further.

Design Perspective: Textured Packaging

Ingredissimo by Lo Siento

There are just so many different takes on what packaging can be, so when I found this design by Lo Siento Studio, I knew I wanted to share it. I like that the design is simple, without too much adornment or flashy gimmicks. Yet there is a touch of class or elegance that comes from the color scheme, logo, and imagery. The fact that the image of the product inside mimics the symbols on the packaging is a wonderful extra touch. Design is made in the “effortless” details.

Packaging: Simple & Crisp

Simple and Crisp by Creative Retail Packaging Inc.

Some designs stand out from all the rest when looking at packaging, and that is certainly what this design did by Creative Retail Packaging Inc. The shape instantly commands attention, deviating from the typical rectangle shape. What really catches they eye, however, is the simple, elegant forms of the dried fruits inside. The design for Simple & Crisp does not overpower the essence of the product being sold. In fact, it elevates the fruit with the simple design and color schemes that accompany each fruit. This is a refreshing example of good design that transforms into an elegant display of a product.

The Packaging: Sicula Terra

Sicula Terra by Happycentero

It’s snowing full speed ahead now, so a bit of flora was in order when I found this design by Happycentro. It has a warm and earthy tone, something that I don’t always connect to chocolate. However, this design works. I am not normally drawn to a design with so many flowery vines, but this system makes it look simple and elegant, not cluttered and forced. The material the piece is printed on looks like it could be compressed earth, yet still alludes to the context that lives inside. This is a wonderful design to discover just when fresh flowers are scarce and the white has set in for the next six months.

Design Perspective: Ice Cream

Alphabet Scoop by Rebecca Lim

I have been interested in fonts with character lately, so when I stumbled upon this design by Rebecca Lim, I couldn’t help but share it. I really enjoy how the fonts are employed on the bowls for the ice cream, and how the logo can change slightly depending on where it is used. My favorite piece is the one in the image above because of its combined fonts and messages. It is friendly, yet has an edgy fun side, and the colors (or lack thereof) help to showcase the product: ice cream. To add just a bit extra, the photo styling is fairly well done, so I can enjoy the piece and not be distracted by surroundings. This is a wonderful piece, and it certainly does what it’s supposed to: anyone up for ice cream?

Design Perspective: Packaging

Theo Chocolate by Asnley Flanagan

When I look at packaging design, I normally don’t look at packaging with photographs plastered all over the piece. However, when I found this design by Ashley Flanagan I changed my mind. I love how the use of photographs is employed on this chocolate packaging. It elevates the product and emphasizes a feeling of freshness that is not normally present in similar designs. I also enjoy the patterning in the background that is derived from the forms in the photographs. The logo adds a bit of fun to the design, and the color scheme is simple, pulled from the photographs on each piece. I am pleasantly surprised that this design works well, and that the images don’t detract from the rest of the system. What a wonderful way to start off the week.