Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Samurai Vodka: Awesome Packaging!

I love love LOVE this concept!

The simplicity of the typography, paired with the cool textured box and innovative "sliced" bottle makes this brand stand out. I can see this brand being one of the bottles on display at a chic restaurant or bar...anyone in the mood for a martini? Sliced, not stirred.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Recent Creative Ads: Clever and Weird

Here are some ads I found via
*Warning* Some are a little weird...

I'm actually embarrassed that I didn't get this one at first...(what's with the weird looking hamburger?). After a few minutes, I realized that it was a coffee bean...I wonder how long it took someone to come up with this one? It makes me want a cheeseburger and an iced latte at the same time! (not really, that would be gross!) ;)

I love this one! At first it just looks like a normal Ikea ad...but then you look a little closer and think "what is that outside the window?". Genius.

This one is cool, but also a little got me thinking, "do I have enough hand sanitizer in my purse?"

I had to put this one at the bottom because it FREAKS me out! I don't care what they are selling...just allow me to stop looking at it...please!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Comic Sans: The #1 Hated Font?

A funny Illustration by Nebojsa Cvetkovic

There has been a lot of talk lately about the #2 graphic-designer-hated font, Papyrus. Just check out the response to this blog post at prtty shtty. (The letter is hilarious and very witty, but the responses from various designers are even better!)

This got me thinking...where did Comic Sans come from? Well, according to Wikipedia...

Comic Sans is a casual script typeface designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by the Microsoft Corporation. It is classified as a casual, non-connecting script, and was designed to imitate comic book lettering, for use in informal documents. The typeface has been supplied with Microsoft Windows since the introduction of Windows 95, initially as a supplemental font in the Windows Plus Pack.

1994? I thought it was older than that...oh well, I remember using it on countless grade school projects...I think it just naturally jumps out to kids.

Connare had already created a number of child-oriented fonts for various applications, so when he saw a beta version of Microsoft Bob that used Times New Roman in the word balloons of cartoon characters, he decided to create a new face based on the lettering style of comic books he had in his office, specifically The Dark Knight Returns (lettered by John Costanza) and Watchmen (lettered by Dave Gibbons).
So this is where it got its makes so much sense...comic...sans

The Boston Phoenix reported on disgruntlement over the widespread use of the font, especially its incongruous use for writing on serious subjects, with the complaints focused around a campaign started by two Indianapolis graphic designers, Dave and Holly Combs, via their website Ban Comic Sans.
Who would use Comic Sans for serious subject matter? It is obviously a whimsical child-like font, which would definitely look out of place on say, a cigarette warning label.

So, if everyone supposedly hates it so much, why is it still around? I think Vincent Connare answers this question beautifully when he says "Because sometimes it's better than Times New Roman, that's why".

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Guide to Understanding Flow Charts

Hey, check out this comic from xkcd... hahaha.

Want to see more? There are tons more at:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Great Image for Photoshop Lovers

I came across this image via a twitter post from ilovetypography's Twitter feed. I can't even imagine how long it took to execute this real-life design. I was floored when I first saw it! It definitely gives new meaning to the Photoshop workspace that I use everyday.

What would we do without computers?!?