[image via designboom]
Now that it's spring, there have been lots of around-the-house projects begging for attention. I've also been looking at a lot of fresh inspiration. Here's a collection of things I've been working on and cool things I thought you might enjoy seeing.
I saw these awesome wine bottle illustrations by Lydia Nichols over at The Dieline. Speaking of The Dieline, the Package Design Conference in Boston is around the corner. I plan to be there with Yael (she's speaking on Sunday).
I decided I needed a second pair of glasses. I do a lot of work outdoors and in the workshop, so I need a second pair so I don't screw up the one I have. I was looking at a bunch of styles over at Warby Parker.
Our studio, Miller Creative, just completed the redesign for Cybele Pascal's blog. I think it looks pretty awesome.
I finally got brave and started my trial of Basecamp, which is a project management tool. Unlike Yael, I am very slow to embrace something new. Basecamp seriously rocks. It's perfect for managing our projects. All I need now is something useful to manage clients and potential clients.
I thought this video was funny.
We recently had the opportunity to recommend Keef for video production for one of our clients. They're the creative genius behind the video for Breukelen Distilling. As a suprise gesture of thanks they sent us a bottle of Breuklelen's Glorious Gin (seen above). The video kinda makes you want to get up and create something. [Branding and packaging by I Love Dust]
Volkswagen used crowdsourcing to supply ideas for a futuristic concept car. They then turned the top ideas into these amazing concept videos. You can see the video here.
Now it's time to wrap things up for the week, pull out some glasses and open the umbrella. The weekend is finally here. This is the song in my head for this time of day/week/year. It's by John Prine and Mac Wiseman. (The original song was first performed by Patti Page)
Have a great weekend.
I love these nifty advertisments for 'new' life changing technologies. They'll shave off hours of letter writing a day and allow you to spend more time with your feet up doing sweet nothing. These ads were aparently created by agency Moma São Paulo.
Creative Director: Rodolfo Sampaio | Art Director: Marco Martins | Copywriter: Adriano Matos | Illustrator: 6B Studio (Published: July 2010)
There's been a startling logo evolution time line circulating on the web showing how Pepsi's logo keeps changing while Coca-Cola's remained consistently the same throughout history. This was proven to be somewhat inaccurate by Armin at Brand New (who prepared the true time line above). The evolution is very interesting. Pepsi can't seem to find a comfortable footing with its identity, but I really like how Coca-Cola has come full circle, re-embracing its origins in the 1940's iconic logo still familiar today.
I'm sure you've noticed by now that we've got a fresh new look for the blog. After a lot of coding, tweaking and generally making a mess of CSS, I've managed to get it to look half-decent (let me know what you think of it!) It still remains a work-in-progress. The goal of this redesign was to make it easier to get around and add some more color. After all, you know we're suckers for color!
Last but not least, our large header incorporates the work of a featured artist. We'll be featuring different artists in that space and rotating them over time to keep things interesting. This isn't a sponsored spot, but rather a testament to our support of great artists. Our first feature is of the brilliant and witty Simon Oxley, one of our all-time favorites.
I discovered this really interesting packaging concept that allows for a soda can to be resealed called Soda-Seal. The concept was invented by Johan de Broyer of Ukraine and co-inventor, Robert Davis of Davis Advertising. Robert is credited with design and development of patent drawings, 3-D models and video animations of the concept in action.
(video screen shots above and link references are courtesy of Davis Advertising, Inc.)
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2008 card, front
2008 card, back
Aspen Boutique (formerly Aspen Traders) has a long-standing tradition of mailing fanciful holiday cards to their customers. They have been doing it since 1987. The cards are designed by Gardner Design of Wichita Kansas, run by Bill Gardner of LogoLounge fame. Bill was kind enough to share the entire collection of cards with us, and gave us some background about their unique, long-standing relationship with Aspen Boutique.
REUBENMILLER: Can you tell us a bit about Aspen Boutique?
Bill Gardner: Aspen Boutique started twenty three years ago as Aspen Traders. It has always been a womens apparel store with originally a slant towards natural fiber materials and a great deal of international and semi ethnic influence. They have always had a remarkable collection of jewelry again with a global influence and eventually the store moved into also carrying select home ware and body products that fit the mix. James and Monica Smits, the owners, had lived in Colorado and had a wonderful natural style that you might see in that area of the country. Now take everything that I've said and remember that this is generally a higher end store.
(continue to see the rest of the cards and interview...)