Bon Iver

great poster...


Paper Planes



Green Genius

Awesome branding and packaging for Green Genius eco-trash bags.

"In designing this packaging, we focused on a couple key things 1) make it as environmentally friendly as humanly possible, we did so by using 100% recyclable craft board that is 60% post consumer waste and printing with UV inks to make as little impact on the Earth as possible. And 2) design a trash bag package that is actually nice to look at. This included the obvious Glad/Hefty burst, bevel and glowing color madness as well as not falling into the classic "green" pitfalls we all know (i.e. a forest background and a leaf-inspired logo).

With these things driving the design, we created a line of packaging that feels high-quality and pops off the shelves because it sits back."

Desgned by San Francisco based Hub Strategy & Communication.


Best. Infographic. Ever.

"The beautiful infographic "50 Years of Space Exploration" [nationalgeographic.com] shows exactly the content denoted in its title. A delimited line on the bottom shows the relative distances in interstellar space, and the current positions of our most distant spacecrafts, such as the Voyager 1 and Pioneer 10. However, the most persuasive part is the nice visual accumulation of fly paths of historic space missions, which clearly shows our past interest in Mars, the moon, the sun and Venus, and the relatively few visits to asteroids, comets and other, more distant, planets.

The image is also available in a more user-friendly and downloadable format on Flickr".


Designer vs Client

I know most designers have experienced some of this... if you haven't then I hate you and want your clients.


Dyson Air Multiplier™ Fan

I know this thing is all over the blogospere but it is quite innovative and damn sexy... for a table fan! Kudos to the folks at Dyson for helping form follow function.

Air is drawn into the base of the machine. The air is forced up into the loop amplifier and accelerated through the 1.3mm annular aperture, creating a jet of air that hugs the airfoil-shaped ramp. While exiting the loop amplifier, the jet pulls air from behind the fan into the airflow (inducement). At the same time, the surrounding air from the front and sides of the machine are forced into the air stream (entrainment), amplifying it 15 times. The result is a constant uninterrupted flow of cooling air.

Learn more about the new Air Multiplier™ here.

Coil Lamp

This lamp by Craighton Berman is brilliant!

Coil Lamp reduces the domestic lamp to the absolute minimum of defining elements. A single electrical cord coils around what appears to be an empty volume, defining the iconic form of a table lamp and ultimately powering a single light bulb.

The entire form is created exclusively from a single 100 foot extension cord that has been wrapped around a laser-cut clear plexiglass form. This simple transformation elevates the status of the humble, everyday extension cord to the realm of high design.



United Steaks of America

How awesome does this steak photograph by Dominic Episcopo look ?!

Check out the rest at Huffington Post.


Student Loans by the Numbers

Solid visual with some numbers that hit pretty close to home!

click image to enlarge

Check out the original graphic here.

Half Full / Empty ?

Kick-ass prints from Because Studios.

You can grab them here.


Hilton Worldwide

This season of Mad Men has Conrad Hilton as one of the characters that DD is becoming quite involved with. In parallel, the real life Hilton Family has just unveiled a re-branding of their corporate identity.

I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. But my initial reaction is that it seems cold and the bevels make my nose bleed ( and not in a good way! ). Also, the typography for the "Worldwide" seems like an afterthought. What do you kids think ?

Here is the old logo.

Also, read a full analysis at Brand New

Return of the Mack

My bad kids... I've been slacking on the posts on this blog due to work and a move to Columbia Heights. I thought I'd get away with it but apparently quite a few of you read this mess. So now that I'm settled into my new neighborhood and work is at a manageable level... I'll start filling your days with more useless design-nerdiness.