Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Just the other day I found myself thinking charcoal packaging would be a pretty cool design opportunity…

I was looking at the small selection of charcoal brands in our local store just the other day thinking charcoal packaging would be a pretty cool design opportunity since it’s a product without pretence. What I mean is you can probably go as bold and colourful as you want without the risk of sacrificing preconceived ideas of style or elegance – it is what it is!

Well, looks like Atomicdust embraced that exact opportunity with their rebrand of Rockwood Charcoal (nice website design too):

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Rockwood Charcoal packaging

Via: Identity Designed

Vintage Polish packaging

Ok, this is about as random as it gets, but here are a few examples of vintage Polish packaging in the following categories: chocolate and soap…

Ok, this is about as random as it gets, but here are a few examples of vintage Polish packaging in the following categories: chocolate and soap. Just for the sake of typographic curiosity and colour palette inspiration you know…

Chocolate

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Vintage Polish chocolate packaging

Soap

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Vintage Polish soap packaging

Via the Collection category on Pan tu nie stał.

Bonus! Vintage Polish public transport tickets:

Vintage Polish travel tickets

Friday find: The Grapho-Scope and other forgotten art supplies

Whether you are old enough to have used a Grapho-Scope, or whether your first introduction to design was Adobe CS5, check out the online Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies curated by Lou Brooks…

American designer and illustrator Lou Brooks (born 1944 in Pennsylvania) has been in the game longer than most. You know the little Monopoly guy in the top hat? Lou drew that. He witnessed the entire digital revolution and as such, remembers using tools and materials most of us spring chickens have never even heard of.

Whether you are old enough to have used a Grapho-Scope, Shading Film, Non-Repro Blue Pencils and Letraset, or whether your first introduction to design was Adobe CS5, check out the online Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies curated by Lou himself. It will either fill you with nostalgia or puzzlement!

A few examples from the museum’s Artifacts Gallery:

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Forgotten Art Supplies

Found via CreativePro.

Vintage Kodak packaging

Last night I saw an awesome movie called Super 8 which inspired me to find this old film and camera packaging.

Last night I rented an awesome 2011 movie called Super 8. I’m not sure how I completely missed it on the circuit, but I had never heard of it. I guess my brain switched off every time I heard someone mention “super something-or-other”, assuming it was yet another superhero movie…

Turns out I was just uneducated. The title refers to a motion picture film format introduced by Kodak Eastman in 1965. Following it’s 8mm predecessor, this bad boy featured smaller perforations allowing for a larger exposure area, hence the superness.

History lesson aside, during the movie (set in 1979) I noticed the unmistakeable yellow Kodak film packs and it inspired me to look for some more film and camera packaging examples from that period. Fortunately I came across a nice little collection at The Medium Control’s inspiration blog, have a look:

Vintage Kodak packaging

Vintage Kodak packaging

Vintage Kodak packaging

Vintage Kodak packaging

Vintage Kodak packaging

Is that some Eurostile I spy on “INSTANT CARTRIDGE LOAD MOVIE CAMERA”? Also note the little SUPER 8 to the right of the camera.

Vintage Kodak packaging

Vintage Kodak packaging

I love the condensed fonts used on this instamatic camera packaging combined with the extended font used for the model number. Any idea what they are? Those slanted terminals on the S and C of INSTAMATIC are quite distinctive…

The beauty of beer

A blog focusing purely on graphic design in the world of beer? I have to admit, I had no idea how much design gets consumed by beer until now!

When I first came across Oh Beautiful Beer, a blog documenting outstanding graphic design in the world of, well, beer, I couldn’t help but wonder how such a limited category would yield enough material to quench the thirst of a blog.

Clearly I had no idea how much design gets consumed by beer!

Created by Harvey Shepard of Livingston, Texas, this beer design blog is over a year old now. Here are a few of the beautiful beers with some nice typographic touches he has featured:

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

Oh Beautiful Beer

I don’t know about you, but I am now officially thirsty. Check out Oh Beautiful Beer for more.

IBM Film Ribbons by Paul Rand

A striking example of Paul Rand’s packaging design work for IBM from the 1960s.

Javier Garcia of San Francisco found this striking example of Paul Rand’s IBM packaging design tucked away in his dad’s office, still wrapped and unused. Javier points out the nice contrast of the white hand lettering against the bold slab-serifed IBM. I agree, it works super well.

Paul Rand IBM packaging

Paul Rand IBM packaging

Paul Rand IBM packaging

Paul Rand produced work for IBM from the 1950s to the late 1990s. The exact date of this particular design is unknown, but thanks to my eagle-eyed forensic analysis of the expiry date (12/6/71) in following picture, and based on the fact that the IBM Selectric Typewriters were only introduced in 1961, this box dates back to the mid 1960s.

Paul Rand IBM packaging

Friday find: Bottle caps

I have always thought of bottle caps as an interesting little canvas and wondered how much attention actually goes into their design, but I had no idea that a passionate community of collectors exists…

I came upon an unusual source of typographic history: bottle caps (aka crowns)! I have always thought of crown caps as an interesting little canvas and wondered how much attention goes into their design, but I had no idea that a passionate community of collectors exists.

Kenny Yohn, “The Bottle Cap Man” is a member of the Crowncap Collectors Society International and boasts over 20,000 beer and soda crowns in his collection. Here are a few (well, to be honest, 160!) good ones I picked from his online gallery for their typographic diversity.

Are they not just too cool!

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

The Bottle Cap Man

Vintage matchboxes from around the world

A look at the matchboxes of old, adorned with images of battle and grandeur. Oh and some toothpick boxes too.

Mankind’s command of fire is arguably what separates us from the animals on a most basic level. The ability to package that kind of power in a tiny cardboard box and put it in your pocket is nothing short of awe inspiring. No wonder the matchboxes of old used to be adorned with images of battle and grandeur. The bleed and misregistered printing only adds to the appeal. Oh, there are also a few toothpick boxes in the mix. I mean of course reigning supreme over God’s creation with something in your teeth would be simply disgraceful…

Vintage matchboxes

Note to Australian gingers: please remember to wear the correct protective mask when using safety matches.

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

Vintage matchboxes

From a Livejournal post by valaamov_osel and a Flickr set by Shailesh Chavda.

Amazing vintage cigarette pack designs from around the world

Smoking or non-smoking, be sure to take a look at these fantastic cigarette pack designs from yesteryear, collected from different countries around the world…

Christian Kranich of Vienna, Austria has a mammoth collection of cigarette packs representative of over 150 countries and spanning several decades. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life, so for me to sit drooling over their packaging is unusual to say the least. Believe it or not, there are some typographic gems amongst them and I have just spent way too much time exploring his online database not to share a few of my favourites, well 160 of them to be precise!

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Cigarette packs from around the world

Find loads more information about the individual packs on Zigsam – the Austrian cigarette collection. Although the packs are archived by brand and country, I must warn you that browsing is not an easy task…

Jack Daniel’s label update – part two

About four months ago I mentioned that the Jack Daniel’s label design was being updated. Well, here’s the latest on the subject…

Remember about four months ago I mentioned that the iconic Jack Daniel’s label design was being updated?

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

Well, Cue, the agency responsible for this daunting task, updated their website earlier this week with a case study and details of Jack’s new look. Here are a couple of their thoughts on the redesign:

The brand’s values are timeless, but like every great brand, it needed to evolve to maintain its strength and affirm its authenticity. We evaluated the equity of the brand elements, then edited carefully to clarify their meaning. The new label maintains a balance of filigree, iconography, and special typographic elements, in black and white with a touch of silver.

New Jack Daniel’s label:

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

A closer look at details of the packaging applied to the new chiseled bottle shape :

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

Elements of the updated identity system:

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

Jack Daniel's label redesign by Cue

An important accompaniment to the new design – The Jack Daniel’s brand guide:

Jack Daniel's booklet by Cue

New Jack Daniel’s is also introducing a new product, Tennessee Honey, which features a unique design incorporating the traditional brand elements :

Jack Daniel's Honey label design by Cue

Jack Daniel's Honey label design by Cue

Found via Allan Peters.

Friday find: Vintage erasers

Lovely eraser branding and packaging from yesteryear… and a skateboard deck!

1940s Vintage Eberhard Faber Ruby Eraser Box via Swiss Miss:

Vintage eraser branding

Vintage erasers from Lisa Kongdon’s A Collection A Day:

Vintage eraser branding

And in sticking with the theme, a skate deck entitled “Big Mistake” hand painted by Jennifer Daniel for Bordo Bello Auction:

Pink Pearl eraser skate deck

Fruita Blanch

I really enjoy the look of Catalonian family business Fruita Blanch. The new fresh minimal identity was designed by Barcelona based studio Atipus. They even developed a custom font used across the board. My favourite aspect is how the labels have been designed to reveal as much of the jar content as possible. Sometimes less really is more.

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Fruita Blanch identity

Via: Identity Designed

The fantastic work of Richard Arthur Stewart

Richard Arthur Stewart is one of those guys whose work I have admired time and time again, without ever knowing who the designer was… until now.

Richard Arthur Stewart is one of those guys whose work I have admired time and time again, without ever knowing who the designer was… until now. I finally happened upon his online portfolio where you can see plenty more of his work.

Design work of Richard Arthur Stewart

Design work of Richard Arthur Stewart

Design work of Richard Arthur Stewart

Design work of Richard Arthur Stewart

Design work of Richard Arthur Stewart