Scrapbook 13

May 15, 2011 Comments Off on Scrapbook 13

Neat, these ones actually have websites watermarked. That’s handy.

Mostly sourced from various Tumblrs, this scrapbook of inspiration is decidedly forest themed.

Credit and all copyright belongs to the original authors of the work, of course.


Bovino Lakto

May 14, 2011 Comments Off on Bovino Lakto

Like the beer ad before it, it’s done with the classic advertiser’s style in mind. Big, bold typography that is there not to tell you how good the product is, not to tell you features or prices but rather just telling to you drink it. That’s all. Just drink the milk.

Originally it was a Kavalo product as well, but since Kavalo means horse the word ‘milk’ coming after it changes the meaning slightly for the hilarious.

You’ll notice too that ‘drinkajo’ inherently means refreshing-drink and so the ‘freshigar’ in front of it is redundant. Since most English people won’t understand this, it makes sense to use both words since we’re more familiar seeing “refreshing drink” or some derivative being two different words. I’m using Ido not as a language in itself but rather as an excuse to not use English – I don’t mind utterly destroying the rules. It’s Lorem Ipsum anyway.


May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Trendy

Sometimes, if I’m really running low on other sources of inspiration I’ll look to websites that curate “inspiring design” which is rarely actual design and equally rarely actually inspiring. For some reason, the past six months have been filled with super fake vintage effects applied to boring photos and then covered in some sort of “design element” like transparent coloured circles or diagonal hairlines  and then something “inspiring” is written in Univers or Helvetica.

There should have to be a test you take in order to wield such fine typefaces all willy-nilly like that. You wouldn’t give these people a rifle, they can stick to the water guns: comic sans.

I jest.

But honestly, that’s not even real graphic design. Stop it.


May 12, 2011 Comments Off on Benage!

I’m the weird designer type who obsesses over the menu design and the posters they hang on the walls in restaurants – this should come as no surprise. If you aren’t that type, next time you’re eating at Earl’s take a look around. You might find posters resembling the above; vintage, alcoholic and usually in Italian.

Mine is not Italian. In fact, most of them aren’t even real words. “Rejala” actually means “royal” in Ido, so it could be translated as “Royal Royale” which is just silly. Benage doesn’t exist at all, although I took “Benege” which means “Fine” and changed the middle vowel for flow. I like the improved ‘ah’ sound – really punches out the word better and sounds vaguely French. It doesn’t have any context in the poster, so it’s an exclamation that probably implies “Drink!” or “Enjoy!” or “Cheers!” or something.

I spend a lot of time making up words. It’s surprisingly hard, actually.

The lack of grid bothered me, since I observed that the real posters from the era past didn’t line anything up like I obsessively do. To make my name under the other text not justify to common lines really, really tweaked my grid OCD.  But! Authenticity, however fake, is what’s required here.

Looking at it now, I’m not sure I like the ‘o’ at the end of “drinkajo” – I think it could do without. Although, these fictional people probably thought the rhyming ends were clever for their slogan and chose that purposefully. That’s the other thing, when making pieces like this, I try to make the whole back story. Why are these lines here or there? Why would they, in the 20’s or whenever, probably pressed or hand painted, do certain things. I try to imagine who’s making the work in what kind of environment for what kind of purpose. I’m not sure if it helps or not, but I think it’s valuable insight at some level of artistic decision making.

So, that’s the verbose description of the piece. People keep asking for more behind-the-scenes (which I do enjoy of other creators as well) so I’m happy to oblige. I hope it’s helpful!

Good Design is Invisible

May 11, 2011 Comments Off on Good Design is Invisible

I’ve never been much for staged photography, but I had an idea.


May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve seen painted art that anywhere resembles the Mirror’s Edge stuff and although the above isn’t nearly as colourful, I think it’s captured the style really well.

Russian artist by the handle of Shinobi (which Samurai Jack taught me means ninja) and has a line of skateboard decks I would definitely buy and ride / hang on the wall.

Check it out! Lots of awesome work there.

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