Did someone say designing calendars are the most daunting tasks ever? Designers often dread doing this because they easily stereotyped it as both dull and staid in execution. To me that is pretty much dried juice in my opinion. See, if you actually pay enough attention to pop culture and trends, you could inject some amazing fun into it. Kate Funk, a Milwaukee-based cat photographer had just launched a cute calendar featuring her cat AC in several quirky and provocative attires. This is the fruition of her collaboration with her roommate, Brendan Groh. What we have here in the pictures are snapshots from what she called ‘The World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat Calendar. Yes, that’s a mouthful. But i assured you this is probably the most interesting calendar that doesn’t feature holidays or boring post it columns. Love it!
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.
I find art by Piet Mondrain to be extremely fascinating. To see it being applied on our everyday life can be rather interesting. Designer, Andrea Salamino created an almost new Pepsi can that is clad in traditional Modrian print style. I love how he craft style into the iconic Pepsi can, converting the predominant blue into a new unique identity. Design is integral to our lives and at times we can bring forward a difference by stimulating the way we see and feel things around us. Especially things that we consumed frequently, a well conceived execution brings forward a strong statement. More of his work can be viewed here.
Light the music
I would Iove a bit of this in my house. A solid speaker in the house is almost mandatory these days. Not only does the speaker adds a bit of flavor to the overall house design, it provides entertainment. Have a look at the ‘Yantouch’. A beautifully designed, bluetooth speaker with multiple functions. Apart form its amazing aesthetics, it can act as an alarm clock and a diverse range of colors. With up to 16 million Colors to adjust to, one can easily find the right ambiance to match your mood. What’s more, you can even simulate a sun rise to wake you up early in the morning. Amazing design. Check it out here.
Pizza movie night
It doesn’t hurt to reward your loyal customers with some good old fashion fun, usually with affordable budget. Im always keen on ideas that pushes boundaries of existing platforms to evolve it further. A good advice for most marketing executives is to leverage old or low tech. Simply because low tech does not equate to low engagement. Crafting a good brand experience can come in the form of ANY available media, platform or tech. Take a look at this awesome initiative by Pizza Hut. They embedded movies which are downloadable via QR codes on four totally different box designs! Furthermore, they are individually characterised as Slice Night, Anchovy Armageddon, Hot & Ready and Fully Loaded. As you probably would imagine, each of these names symbolises a different movie genre. Interestingly, the box by itself is known as the Blockbuster Box. I think this is very cool. The formula to create exciting experience that is very functional to its business, characterizing their boxes and giving their customers variety is a very clever combo. While the practical side of it is argueably quite difficult to pull off without dirtying your phone and the result a rather less ‘hi-res’ movie quality, it’s still a magnificent idea nonetheless. Let’s just hope it improves as the campaign idea moves along.
Bread lunch box
Love trainers. I always feel the need to dress down in order to dress up. That hip looking trainer from Nike SB, is another beautiful model of its Trainerendor. It now arrives in a fabulous red-wine “Merlot” palette. Check out the mesh accompanied by those really awesome nubuck uppers! Not bad at all! This is truly a beauty. I pretty much adore sneakers with nice white soles. They frame the base very nicely. At a very decent price of 90euros, one must not miss out this shoe at all Nike SB outlets.
These popsicles are actually pretty impressive. Love the geometric designs. These are certainly not your average ice cream popsicles. Based in Berlin, Manu Kumar, an architect together with design Stefan Gendl have worked together to produce these lovely popsicles. I really love the polygonal shapes and the symmetric angles. Not forgetting it has a really cute stick with graphic on it. Nuna Popsicles.
Design and art continues to inspire us in terms of the underlying message it carries. At times we seem to take it completely for granted. Tom Watkins Anders created these alluring visuals for Body Shop. Inspired by Brasil, the artist depict fascinating patterns in the form of circles, brilliantly merging Body Shop’s logo in them. What we see are beautiful illustrations of birds, leaves, humans and other elements forming this intricate design. Kudos to Tom for such quality art work.
In where I stay this would be the perfect example of what the locals would term “Golden Pillow”. The chinese community created a curry bun where dough stuffed with curry chicken would be baked to a crispy golden brown, packed with yummy chicken within. While this does look exactly like how the Chinese would envisaged, it is no ordinary Golden Pillow. Kyoto-based artist Yukiko Morita created her bread lamp out of her extreme love for bread and have this as an art piece. Displaying it in her room, the artist truly set an example of how love supersedes reality. Calling it the Pampshade, bread lamps made up of real bread has been constructed using LED, batteries and a secret formula. Note she not only have the classic baguettes, she also developed croissants and many other different bread loaves. The brilliant execution comprises of a layer of resin coating to prevent the bread from moulding or rotting. Amazing work for the 2014 Tokyo Design Week. Beautiful aren’t they?