Monday, August 31, 2009

Clients In Oregon Top 50

Portland Monthly did an article on Oregon's Top 50 wines. And guess what? 3 of my labels were in the article. Clearly they didn't take label design into consideration, or they would have name these three in the top 5, but still its cool to see your working in there.

I don't know if the wines were displayed in order of quality, or using some other method. Truthfully, it couldn't have happened to three cooler people. Isabelle at 1789 is a rock star, the whole Stoller Team is a blast to work with, and Mary and Dave Hansen are really great, down to earth people.

Even cooler, as I'm looking through the winners and reading the notes, I see a little link to Painted Hills beef. A product I designed the logo for about 100 years ago. Sort of a blast from the past, but cool to see.

Here's a link to the article:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fun with Macros

Just got a new lense for my camera. I'm in love with it. I'm considering marrying it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Visual Clutter

So I'm at the wine section of my local grocery store and as I stood there looking at all the labels trying to scream for my attention, I realized that large, simple shapes took over. Labels that either used white space the best, or used a very identifiable image on the front seemed to jump forward. That doesn't mean that they necessarily looked upscale, or were positioned correctly for their target market, but it did make them noticeable. Sometimes, less really is more.

Sour Milk

Recent discovery for all of those out there that have kids. If you leave the milk in the sippy cup long enough, it goes through many stages before finally resting in a curds and whey type form that no longer stinks! Yeah! It works on chocolate milk too.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Willakenzie Cool

Just finished a label project for Willakenzie Estate. The product is a high end pinot noir. Label process was smooth and the team at WKE was awesome to work with.

Carrie Higgins at Crush Creative Packaging printed the label and was awesome to work with - as always. She rocks.

Can't wait to taste the wine.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Who would have guessed?

On our road trip, we stayed the night in many hotels. I'm not sure when it happened, but the automated waffle maker has established itself in the free breakfast world of hotel land. Everywhere we went, in the morning, there is was - a big steaming machine with a little flippy handle and a timer.

Right next to the machine, most places have a can of spray grease. But in Missouri, there was this can of Waffle Off. Have you ever heard of waffle off? I haven't. And I was suprised that anyone would find it necessary to create a special product in honor of the waffle. PAM, for example, would probably do the trick.

Perhaps waffles have some other sort of chemistry - some sort of enhanced sticking power that requires a more sophisticated release mechanism. I wonder.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lived Through the Trip

Took two weeks off from the Studio and did some traveling with the family. Just back from the 5000 mile road trip and we survived. Even thrived. Put a lot of miles on Teddy and the nuk as well as the car. Put a few dents in the car as well, thanks to a hail storm in Colorado. Still trying to get it fixed, arm wrestling with Allstate. Saw and went up in the St. Louis arch, drove over the Mississippi river about 5 times, caught fish in Tennessee, and saw a five legged cow in Kansas.

The high point was probably the weddings. It was great to see family and all the kids. Funny that kids that were children when I met them are now having kids of their own. Time flies.