FOOD PACKAGING | San Gretti’s Signature Slices
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Colorful and bold, this contemporary take on the typical pizza box is nicely executed. I’m also fond of the creative logo design. The incorporation of the portrait into the composition creatively done.

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RE-BRAND | Little Chef Restaurant in the U.K.
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The rebrand of this UK restaurant chain is a nice is a refreshing update that maintains the character of the original. The chef icon has been simplified, and the friendly script used for the new wordmark is appealing in its playfulness.

In addition to these changes, however, I’m particularly fond of the new “to-go” packaging and labels; as well as the colorful trays and signage that integrate the look of the rebrand throughout the restaurant.

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Lots of great images at Brand New. I encourage you to check them out.

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IDENTITY | Silver Lining Opticians
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I’m loving the elegance of this identity suite for New York’s Silver Lining Opticians. It features a great mix of fonts and there’s a nice consistency between each piece.

This is a pleasing way to start the week, if I do say so myself!

Click the image above for more photos at Letterhead Love…

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IDENTITY | The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership
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The clever integration of the missing “i” in the word “THINK” (or, “THNK”) gives this otherwise straightforward identity a visual interest that is rooted in the variations that are possible in its application.

The overall aesthetic is understated, but colorful. It successfully conveys the Amsterdam School as an institution of creativity and expression.

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BRANDING | Bone Daddy’s Identity Package
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Perhaps I’ve been watching a few too many episodes of America’s Next Great Restaurant(which is as much about creating a strong brand as developing the menu), but this identity package caught my eye.

It’s colorful, fun, and unique enough to make you wonder what the food tastes like. As a bonus, the playful illustrations and bold graphics manage to communicate the in-your-face flavor one expects from a really good BBQ joint.

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TRENDS | Why kind, human brands will thrive…
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Just to be absolutely clear: R.A.K. are not about rewarding customers for tweeting / liking your product, and not about giving away lots of free samples (that would be FREE LOVE), but about selected, random acts of kindness (hence the name ;-)

Now is the ideal moment to engage in some R.A.K:

HUMAN TOUCH | Consumers increasingly wanting to see the human side of brands (or if indeed a brand has a human side at all ;-), making R.A.K. more welcome than ever.

PUTTING IT OUT THERE | Audiences publicly disclosing more and more personal information on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, about their lives, moods and whereabouts, both current and intended, enabling R.A.K. to be more relevant.

PASS IT ON | More consumers than ever are now sharing their experiences with their friends and wider audiences on social networks, meaning R.A.K. can spread far beyond the original recipients.

As always, Trendwatching’s March/April update on consumer trends is an interesting read.  I look forward to these every time.  Click the link above to read the entire article.

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CRAFT | Clampitt Holiday Card
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It’s not exactly Christmas season, anymore - the usual time one takes note of snow globes. But the craftsmanship and creativity of this holiday card is really something. It’s certainly one I would keep for posterity.

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LOGO | Michael Bierut on the New World Symphony Logo

I always enjoy having the opportunity to hear the behind-the-scenes details of the design process. Whether the final product is architectural or graphic in nature, there is great value in understanding - and sharing - the often meandering path that leads to the ultimate design.

Mr. Bierut’s commentary about the inspiration behind the NSW logo is exemplary of the level of thought and creativity that leads to the most successful work.

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READING | 3 social media challenges…to overcome by 2015

The importance of serendipity

Connections among people, the report states, are more important than measurable outcomes. That’s “counterintuitive in a world where we’re so interested in metrics and outcomes,” says Patel, but it’s true. When an organization builds a network, people and relationships must be at the center.

Your social media platform may have only a few hundred visitors, but if those people are connecting, that’s far better than having tens of thousands of visitors who don’t interact at all.

“Investing in networks and designing for serendipity is really an investment in a community’s infrastructure,” Patel says. There will be outcomes to measure, he says, but they shouldn’t be the No. 1 goal.

I found this to be an interesting post that attempts to put into words how social media - and our interactions with one another - will change between now and 2015.

Suffice it to say that the idea of predicting the nature of our social interactions four years from now is challenging, at best. However, the article does seem to say that the same things that make for good “offline” relationships are similarly powerful in the online arena.

Though the tools are different, it is still essential to enable individuals to connect, not only with one another, but also with a larger community and sense of purpose.

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TARGET + DESIGN | Winter Xgames Field Guide
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Target continues to lead the pack among retailers in their attention to design. This booklet, put together for the Winter Xgames, is no exception. Designed by in-house designer Aaron Melander, the “Field Guide” is chock full of pretty!

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PACKAGING | Hatch Egg Coloring Kit
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It’s not quite Easter, but that’s a good thing: plenty of time to test out one’s egg-coloring skills! The packaging of these coloring kits, by Hatch, is quite inspiring. Maybe this is the year we all move beyond splotches and stripes…

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GRAPHIC DESIGN | Design Council UK Explains

What is graphic design…what a graphic designer does from Design Council on Vimeo.

This short video does a pretty thorough job of explaining the various responsibilities and skills offered by graphic designers. It is interesting to listen to how each designer outlines what they do and how they do it.

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