Heritage and beyond

Design solves solutions for our clients. At the same time, we designers infuse our understanding of the brand and its heritage into our work. We blend in different perspective of the product while blanching out the unnecessary elements. A packaging that resembles an old school pharmaceutical bottle, the Tsikoudia, is a distillate from the marc of Roussanne grapes by Manousakis Winery. Premium yet mysterious, this is the epitome of a drink with healing abilities. From the design of the label, the illustrations portrays a Minotaur working in a vineyard cladded in traditional Cretan costume. Very epic and interesting. Packaging is significant as the brand’s first layer of communication to its consumers. See more amazing design works by designer, Marios Karystios here.

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The power of PAPER

Do not underestimate the power of traditional media. If used correctly, the impact it generates can be extremely viral. Honda recently curated this very cool animation which documents their long heritage of innovation. With almost six decades worth of history to cast, the automotive brand calls upon a huge pool of recognised animators to whip out a truly awesome animation comprising copious amount of illustrations. This video project, “Paper”, is the work of 3,000 hand-drawn illustrations being stitched together by stop-motion. It documents the long heritage of Honda by bringing the audience through a journey of their technology and products from the beginning to now. Very captivating.

Check out the making of this video:

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Working as a digital illustrator and designer during my early days gave me opportunities to work with very talented creatives who were very craft driven, especially in the area of art and digital graphics. It helps especially for someone with the keen eye for details and the everlasting thirst for beautiful things. I had the pleasure to work with cool kids from all over the world and those who gave me the best memories were the few designers from Japan. Their sensitive touch and appreciation in graphic arts is unrivalled. Take a look at Japanese artist, Segawa thirty-seven. With the use of just Photoshop and After Effects, the artist is able to create these really alluring images. We see how sci-fi is infused with modern culture and ancient art. This mix extrudes an altered universe, yet so compelling to look and admire. The animated gifs depict realism and fun in all its entirety. View more of Segawa thirty-seven’s print works on his Twitter.

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Corporate Identity

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A post from Trend Hunter aroused my interest for graphic identity by how it significantly deviate itself away from the usual boring look and feel. The experiment was done on Wigan Little Theatre’s logo where Sam Lane attempted to reconstruct the logo by disassembling it and rearranging it into unique layouts. The result is something new altogether. By using the existing logo, bearing its equity, the new design is a play of the old one. Interestingly, design can sometimes be convoluted yet so simple and adaptable. Again, this might just be another example of how we can tap on design thinking for our daily work or routines.

“We are at a critical point where rapid change is forcing us to look not just to new ways of solving problems but to new problems to solve.” – Tim Brown.

Designer stationary

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Most designers would know that Antalis is a paper material maker, and one which most of us is familiar with their paper quality and texture. I personally use a lot of their materials during my proposals and have always have them as one of the priorities in my arsenal of paper samples. Antalis just developed a set of design stationary and I thought I should feature them. I spotted this gem on Behance and it was fabulous. Have a look people. Its nice.