I currently work as the Director of Design for Coolfire Solutions, based in St. Louis, where I spend my time designing interactive projects focused on an intuitive user interface and a simplified user experience. Contact me for freelance.
Not recent news, but worthy of posting. Duffy & Partners rehabbed the label designs for Brewery Ommegang. Inspired by process and ingredients, the labels convey a vibrant, smart product worthy of the purchase. The bright colors and clean illustrations will definitely stand out on the shelves.
Via The Dieline.
Mytton Williams designed some gorgeously minimal packaging and branding for Lotus’ ultrasonic scalpel. I can’t say that I have seen any packaging for any ultrasonic scalpel, but I can tell you that this has to be freshest, smartest take on it to date. Minimal typography is juxtaposed with bright, exciting colored patterns that truly works to sell a smart, state-of-the-art product.
My favorite part about this work is that it exists, period. This is the Apple method in use. Make a product apear to be so simple and intuitive that it sells itself. The book is judged by the cover and the cover is fu*king awesome. Never sell your product short with half-assed packaging. On the other hand, make sure your product is worth it. If not, you will have some pissed off consumers who threw away the product but kept the beautiful box.
It has been a long time coming, but we finally launched a suitable website that ties together the three entities that make up Coolfire. Coolfire Media, Coolfire Solutions and Coolfire Originals have all been working insanely hard these last few years, and it shows. Just check out all of the work!
The challenge was to combine three companies’ worth of content into one site while keeping usability intact. The result was a simplified, multi-tiered navigation system spanning across a unified design. Well, as simple as that kind of navigation can be. Color and rich, exciting imagery define the separate personalities and disciplines of Coolfire, ultimately translating into a fun, young and creatively diverse place to work. We also managed to keep this beast responsive to browsers on a multitude of devices.
Check out what we have been up to at coolfire.com.
I always love when designers do great things for fun. There is more of a personal interest in it, which leads to better design and interesting ideas. Meg Jannot did just that. Branding the Presidents of the United States is a tumblr site showcasing some great typographic exploration. It is pretty awesome.
A good friend of mine passed away only 3 months ago. In an effort to cope with the loss I decided not to ignore it and act like it never happened, but instead to dive right into all of the great things that he showed me and revisit old influences that we shared. If there is one thing that this man knew about and shared his knowledge on, it was music. I still remember the day we were sharing albums in his office and he insisted that I take home and check out Lymbyc Systym’s Love Your Abuser.
Back then, and this was probably in 2007, I wasn’t really digging the instrumental tunes. Maybe my musical palette was not yet refined. There was something there, but I just didn’t know what it was. This band was the first that I dug out of an old hard drive and became instantly immersed.
The loss and grief certainly influenced my reintroduction to them, the comfort it gave me, however after listening to that freshman album I realized how smart my friend was. Why he chose the music to share became apparent. His depth of knowledge in music, both listening and performing, really made him a genius in the subject. Just give it a listen for yourself. Any song, really. Most of them are so complex that it is hard to believe that you only listened to 10 or so tracks. For working, exercising, driving and breathing, Lymbyc Systym is the best.
Propellerhead just released a great, addictive app for the iPhone called Figure. This app allows you to create and record a single loop using several preset instrument libraries, but what’s better is that you can easily tweak and augment the sound, giving you tons of possibilities. The design of Figure is spot on. It is minimal (as it should be), simple, intuitive and pleasant to look at. The only downfall for this $0.99 app is that you have no way of saving/exporting your recordings. Hopefully they end up coming out with an update to save your clip, but for the price, it is no big deal.
With a baby due in September, I have been going through every possible scenario for the development of my child’s personality. One thing is for sure, this kid has to love Zelda. I believe that an appreciation for one of the most classic video games will lead to great things. For the nursery, I found these great posters by Allan Peters. I was going to make my own of some sort, but these are too good. Perfectly simple, too!
I love zombie movies, or in some cases I take it that true horror buffs wouldn’t consider some of them zombie films, but more of an epidemic or illness rather than being (un)dead. Nonetheless, the films have just the right amount of gore, action and humor to keep me hooked. Even that whiny, mostly boring show on AMC keeps me coming back every week. With every new movie comes a new poster. They are usually way over the top and awesome. Here is a collection I put together with the help of Rick Poyner’s article on Design Observer called “How We Learned to Live with Zombies.” Read it here.
In honor of their upcoming 50th anniversary, the Modern Art Oxford is displaying 50 exhibition posters from their archive to the public. Stuff like this makes me really appreciate the simplistic design sensibilities of so many designers from the UK.
See his other set of posters devoted to astronomy, here.