COLOR + STRIPES | Limited Edition Chandon
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"Launched last week at The Standard hotel in New York, the Chandon Limited Edition bottle celebrates American heritage and summer. The limited edition design will be available from 1st June through to 1st September 2012."

What can I say? I like the stripes… :)

*camille

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LIMITED EDITION | Coca-Cola packaging for The Olympic Games
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Every two years we can all look forward to the creative Olympic-themed packaging and ads that come from the Games’ largest corporate sponsors.

Coca-Cola has taken a straightforward minimalist approach for this year’s Summer Games - featuring athletes in silhouette over silver stripes that hint at the American flag.

I don’t know that this is my favorite Olympic can from Coke…but I certainly love the fact that we get to see something new for each Games.

I’ll be on the lookout to see what other companies do, as well!

*camille

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ARCHITECTURE | Slovakia Gas Station
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Quick post: A beautiful Slovakian gas station with great lines. If this were my neighborhood station, I might be willing to overlook the high gas prices…

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MATERIALS + CREATIVITY | Murmure Business Card
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One word sums this one up: concrete.

Murmure is likely not the only company to have wondered, “…can you make a business card out of cement?” But, perhaps they are the first (or at least the first published) firm to execute this experiment in an effective way.

Using silkscreen and embossing to illustrate their contact info and logo, respectively, Murmure has created a clever promotional piece that certainly sets them apart.

*camille

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PACKAGING | Ireland’s Own: Mic’s Chilli Sauce
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Produced in the country of Ireland (who knew?!), Mic’s Chilli Sauce features wonderfully intricate and interesting illustrations by artist Steve Simpson.

With motifs inspired by Mayan, Mexican, and Chinese cultures, Simpson has created beautiful works of art that are fun to explore. He has even designed custom barcodes that are in keeping with the flavor of the design (click link for images).

*camille

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ENVIRONMENT + BRAND | JouJou Toys and Treats
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JouJou is a toy store that is part of The Grand America hotel in Salt Lake City. In keeping with the whimsical luxury of the hotel, Utah firm Stuck managed to capture the feel of a child’s imaginary paradise.

The colors, architectural details and playful iterations of the JouJou logo are certain to bring a smile to the faces of adults and children alike. In fact, I’m sitting here wondering if I have any reason to take a road trip to Salt Lake City. FAO Schwartz, move over!

Click the link above for more images, including an interesting look into the design development process.

*camille

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GRAPHICS | Childrens Story Posters
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Square Inch Design Blog posted this great series of posters illustrating — in a gloriously minimalist way — various children’s stories.

Love these!

*camille

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PACKAGING | “löffle mich!” Cakes In Jars
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In the age of specialty, gourmet baked goods (have you been to your local cupcake shop lately?), it’s always a treat to see how something old (cake!…) is made new again with unique packaging (…in jars!).

These Austrian treats offer a new way to enjoy a single serving of cake, nicely contained in a colorfully labeled glass jar. There’s even a petite wooden spoon affixed to the outside for immediate enjoyment.

I wonder if this will catch on in the States…? Only time will tell!

*camille

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PACKAGING | Rahal Farms’ Farm Fresh Eggs
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Warm colors, rustic illustrations and an appealing mix of typography make for a lovely carton of eggs.

This colorful design was intended to “elevate” Rahal Farms’ sustainable, fresh eggs above others on the store shelves. The design is certainly elegant, but it’s also very approachable. There’s an implied quality and attention to detail that you don’t mind paying a little extra for.

*camille

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AWARDS | 2012 D&AD Awards Packaging Design Winners
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Quick post: I came across a thorough round-up of the D&AD packaging design winners on the Lovely Package website. Click the link to see the winners and get a little inspiration. Lots of exceptional work!

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FILM | Cartier’s L’Odyssee Behind The Scenes

This is the Cartier ad/film L’Odyssee de Cartier that made it’s debut in the U.S. (I think), during this year’s Super Bowl. At the time, I didn’t fully appreciate it as it seemed a bit excessive and out-of-place.

However, after watching it again on YouTube, without the distraction of competing chip commercials and amusing talking babies, I have a new appreciation for what Cartier has produced.

Even more interesting, the behind-the-scenes footage describing the making of Cartier’s visionary production is truly fascinating. Filmed with real animals in real locations, L’Odyssee is much more than a “commercial.”  It is the history of one of the world’s most renowned brands presented in cinematic form.

The behind-the-scenes footage below is well worth your time to see what went into making this unique production. Among other things, producers had to consider: How will a panther react to seeing snow for the first time?

h/t David Airey

*camille

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RESTAURANT KITSCH | Sissy’s Southern Kitchen
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The array of fun images and colors used for the Dallas restaurant Sissy’s Southern Kitchen must be a hit with the locals.

Sure, there’s a place for classy, mature, upscale elegance…But there are plenty of times when you just want to sit down in a place that makes you smile. It looks like Sissy’s might fit the bill in that regard.

If the menus are indicative of the restaurant’s interior, I’m pretty sure Sissy’s would be on my list of favorite hang-outs.

*camille

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