Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Wallpaper

Merry Christmas. Here's a desktop wallpaper I created. Fits best on 1680 x 1050.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Illustration Friday: Rambunctious

This how rambunctious kids were dealt with in elementary school when I was growing up. It seemed like everybody but me was taking pills at school.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Less is More: Packaging Design and Inflation

From Core77: Educated consuming is one thing; sleuthing out clever design tactics is quite another. On the Today Show earlier I witnessed what was probably a eureka moment for a packaging designer. Through tricking consumers into buying less, at the same price, without noticing, new packaging has created a design solution to corporate cutback. The segment referenced a few leading brands:

Skippy reduced their peanut butter 2oz by changing the shape of the bottle, only noticeable if you look from the bottom. On a shelf, it's the same as usual. By the way, still the same price!

Apple Jacks reduced their contents from 11oz to 8.7oz. From the front the old and the new look exactly the same, but from a profile comparison, not so. Again, still the same price.

Kleenex has reduced the size of their tissues from 8.4in x 8.4in to 8.2 x 8.4. Seems like a small change, but at their production rate, that's a lot of $not.

Tropicana reduced their orange juice containers by 7 ounces. They say, new packaging, not less product.

Without old boxes in the stores or at home to make comparisons with, these changes are hard to spot with our plain eyes. John Gorval, Marketing professor at Harvard Business School (who studied consumer sensitivity to price vs. package size) says, "If you ask most people what a bag of potato chips cost, they're pretty good at giving a number, ask them how much is contained in that package, my guess is that they have no idea."

Frito Lay says their "weight out" project earned them "double-digit profit growth." While "raising the prices would probably have created the opposite effect," says Gorval.

Perhaps however, things just got too big, and now we have to use crafty design tricks to fool ourselves back to healthy serving sizes? Leave your comments, this could get juicy.

Keep Calm and Carry On-Spoof Calendar

A fun clever spoof on the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster. These gender specific calendars can be purchased at littlebrownpen's Etsy shop.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fruta del Diablo

Interesting package design by Moxie Sozo. "There are a wide variety of salsas in the marketplace, with offerings from small start-ups and international corporations alike vying for consumer dollars. Moxie Sozo wanted to create salsa packaging for Fruta Del Diablo that would distinguish it from everything else on the shelf and establish credibility for an unknown brand. By using hand-drawn illustrations inspired by the woodcuts of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, we were able to lend authenticity to the salsa while reinforcing the product’s heritage in traditional Mexican cuisine."


Amor de Madre has a great product, a really neat idea. I could defintely use one I'm always getting potatoes on the floor.


First production bike with a belt instead of chain, amazing. Trek, "The belt drive is a carbon fiber composite belt reinforced to prevent stretch. The worry-free, lube-rejecting, lighter-than-any-chain-you’ve-ever-owned belt also produces a ninja-like quiet ride."

Monday, December 8, 2008

Canondale's Stealth Concept Bike

This bike looks, awesome. "The styling direction of the Cannondale Stealth Concept was, as the name reveals, inspired by Stealth fighter jets, which have a very distinctive edgy shape in order to be invisible on radar. Another source of inspiration was last year's Lamborghini Reventon sports car, whose faceted surfaces and custom flat paint lend the car a unique and stealthy appearance." Cannondale


How did the idea of BLOC28 come about?
The idea for BLOC28 started about 3 years ago. We thought it would be interesting to work with artists experienced in non-traditional media like murals, graffiti, and street art. It started as just a few graphics, but it was soon developed into its own program. We knew there were artists out there that were inspired by Disney characters as kids, so we wanted to see how Mickey could be reinterpreted.

In Vestimentis Ursum. There's a robot beneath the fluff.

Matt Kirkland; "I've always been curious about stuffed animals that sing, dance, light up, or talk back. There must be a fascinating robot underneath the fur and fluff, right? Surely the robot hiding in the bear's clothing, vestimentis ursum, is impressive. So: armed with my childish curiousity and the spurious excuse of 'product design research,' I set out to discover what, exactly, these creatures are hiding."

Lunch Bag Art

Lunch Bag Art is "A new bag each day for my kids.I'm the dad. I make these during my lunch break". I liked these two because the cartoon "Chowder" is one weird show.

Sunday, December 7, 2008