It’s a cold and stormy morning here in Austin, so we needed something happy to get our minds off of the rolling thunder. What’s happier than chocolate? Tilín Cacao hired Sweety Branding Studio to brand their lines of cacoa nibs. What a match made in heaven, a chocolate company and a branding studio named Sweety. They created the brand to reflect both the cultivation process and the history of the cacao nib, and the present modern product. They did by line drawing the cacao plants and process, and then combining with the contrasting style of bold patterns and bands of color. It makes for a very eye catching product.
Sweety Branding Studio is the work of Brazilian designer, Isabela Rodrigues. She does a variety of branding jobs from packaging, to interior design, to company rebrands.
I am always interested in seeing the many different ways that other artists create their work. There are so many formats and tools to use, it is inspiring to see what others do with those tools. Taiwanese illustrator Inca Pan is no exception. He creates his illustrations using gouache and ink. His illustrations are bold and full of imagery, and they all have such an organic feeling to them. Check out more of his work on Behance.
I love honest logos. And this Theo Chocolate brand, created by Ashley Flanagan, is just that. Theo boasts “unique flavor offerings”, which the new brand displays quite nicely. The logo mark is simple, organic, and earthy. Pairing that with the beautiful photos or illustrations of fruit on the wrapper, it can effectively advertise a quality and exotic product.
Choosing a favorite Ed Mell painting is like asking what your favorite movie is. He has such an amazing breadth of incredible work, it was hard for me to just show you only a small sampling of it. Without feeling surreal Ed is able to take these breathtaking southwestern rock formations and skies and render them in a very angular, yet still subtle, style. And how he gets such rich colors, and bold contrast in his work, is beyond me.
For those of you who have never heard of Ed Mell, he career originally was in illustration and art direction. After working in the world of adverting in New York, he decided that lifestyle wasn’t for him, and that advertising was smothering his creativity. So he moved back to his hometown of Phoenix, AZ and started an illustration business with his brother. The work there was a lot slower than he was used to back on the east coast, so in his spare time he began working with colored pencils which later became paint. Feeling inspired by the southwestern rocky landscapes with endless skies, he found his niche in painting.
Check out more of his work here!
When I see artwork cut out of paper like this, it makes me realize how impatient I really am. Creating something like this would take a while to create on a computer, let alone cutting out each of those patterns and not getting glue everywhere. But there is more to appreciate than just the process.
This is the official poster for 2014′s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. The creatives who made this brilliant piece were the creative duo that make up Zim & Zou. Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann teamed up together to form their France-based studio to do everything from paper sculptures, to design, to illustration.
Having now lived in Austin for almost a year, I can appreciate all the fun little details that make this very Austin. The intricate little bat, the Texas State Capitol building, and the miniature taco truck, all make this feel so Austin. Such incredible craftsmanship and an overall fun design.
One look at this clothing company and you should instantly know who the mastermind is behind it. We have been following Jon Contino’s work for some time now, and seeing him start his own clothing line, Contino Brand, just seems so right. He has a knack for making things feel so nostalgically Americana and raw. It comes from his love of the process of making, and all the hard work and craft that goes into it. It is so fun to see his badges, marks, and lettering on the clothing I always thought it would live on anyways. Check out his new shop!
For all those gray, rainy days when you are running out of ways to entertain the kids…there is is Mr. Printables‘s paper toys. They have a bunch of fun, colorful, and free toys you can print off at home. All you have to do is follow the simple directions on their website and you can build everything from 3d fruit, bird finger puppets, to entire dollhouses! Another free way to inspire your kids to be more creative and hands on.