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Wine and Art

In Brands, communications, marketing on November 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm


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Wine labels are really rather boring as a design class. There is so much competition in the wine aisle and it seems most companies employ either an old, historic (confidence building) label or they put an animal on it. I don’t know what it is about all these drunk animals but it seems like we should probably release them back to their natural habitats.

Enter Betts & Scholl, a winery that I don’t really know much about except that they appear to be n√©gociants who buy juice from other folks and sell it under their own label.

What I like about them is their art. My friend Sarah Endline has been doing this with her chocolate company Sweetriot as well and I like the approach. You find some great artists who are willing to take on a project either for love or money and suddenly your product becomes a bit classier. You certainly look better bringing it to a dinner party and you support an artist while you’re at it.

Seems like there might be a business here in creating an artist consortium to take on this sort of work…of course that is sort of called a design studio huh…

My Friday.

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm


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Last Friday I managed to skip out of work slightly after 5 and make it down to the Vintage Poster show that was going on here in San Francisco. I was really struck by a series of 1950’s posters commissioned for General Dynamics to promote atomic energy. Created by Eric Nitsche his brief probably read something like…

“… repackaging military hardware development and the emerging nuclear industry as a sponsor of peace”

Fascinating story of a man and his work. Some more of his work can be found here, and the presenting gallery from the SF show is here if you search under Atomic Age.

My purchase, on the other hand, was a matching set of Lone Ranger and Tonto posters that measure in at an imposing 6 feet, 2 inches each. They’ll look great in the New York apt…or so I keep telling myself.

Illustrations + Posters = Things I like

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm


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From the top of del.ici.ous to the top of my blog in seconds flat. Design Reviver has posted some great and inspiring poster designs from the ages. I particularly like this one with its curves, muted tones and rhetorical question: “what is graphic design.”

more here.