The guys behind Pop-Up City are bringing out a book! Well, they are trying to. They need a little bit more financial backing first, so I’m trying to do my bit to help them get it. Pop-Up City kindly gave me a book back in 2012…unfortunately it wasn’t my very own book – it was a copy of Indie Brands by Anneloes van Gaalen – but it still made me happy because I had won their competition, and got something lovely for free. So yeah, spread the love and all that, you get a discount if you pre-order!
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Tagged 2013, Anagrama, architecture, blogging, brand development, brand development agency, branding, branding agency, brochure design, construction marketing, cool, corporate stationery design, creative, creativity, design, design agency, graphic design, Leonie Cumiskey, luxury, luxury apartments, marketing collateral, Mexico, One Development Group, Pelli Clarke Pelli, promotional items, property developers, property marketing, real estate branding, skyscraper, Sofia San Pedro, Sofia skyscraper, stationery
Posted in Advertising, Art, Beauty, Brands, Design, Fashion, PR
Tagged 2013, advertising, art, art direction, beauty brand, blogging, brand, branding, Charlotte Tilbury makeup, Charlotte Tilbury pop up, Christian Louboutin, cool, creative, creativity, cute, design, diesel, Diesel Loverdose, digital, display design, fashion, Gemma Ruse, graphic design, Leonie Cumiskey, London, marketing, Paris, promotion, retail, retail design, retail window, Selfridges, Selfridges makeup, Selfridges window display, set design, shoe brand, shoes, StudioXAG, Topman, Topshop, visual merchandising, window design, window display, writing, Xavier Sheriff
Following the hugely successful ABSOLUT Unique campaign, ABSOLUT vodka have once again rethought their bottle design so that 4 million limited edition bottles can be produced. While their previous production method seemed to embrace a chaotic ‘more is more’ ethos to bottle design, the new ABSOLUT bottles have a single streak of cobalt running through the glass, which is uncontrolled and therefore different each time. The manufacturing process is detailed in the ‘behind the scenes’ video below.
These new bottles, with clear glass and an abstract, minimalistic design also seem to reflect the recent rebrand of ABSOLUT’s range of flavoured vodkas, which was done by The Brand Union. Take a look at the transformation below, if you haven’t already seen the new designs.
Prior to the rebrand, the bottles were made of frosted glass with subtle colour gradients or accents to represent each flavour.
The new designs boast a striking motif on a clear glass bottle…It looks as though the design process for ABSOLUT Raspberri was a lot of fun!
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Tagged 2013, ABSOLUT, Absolut bottle, Absolut Originality, Absolut Unique, Absolut vodka, Add Your Drop, alcohol promotion, bottle design, brand, brand evolution, branding, branding agency, cobalt glass, cool, creative, creative agency, creativity, design, fun, graphic design, Leonie Cumiskey, limited edition, limited edition glass bottle, packaging design, Pernot Ricard, product design, psychedelic, The Brand Union, WPP, writer, writing, Youtube
I’ve just discovered this agency called Praline, and they’ve done some beautiful stuff, mainly in publishing. Check out some of my favourite publications below. Richard Rogers + Architects: From The House To The City by Fiell Publishing
Information Graphics by Taschen
POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Bloomsbury Publishing
Admittedly, when I was Googling “praline”, I wasn’t looking for a design agency…I was obviously looking for some indulgent recipes. Then I got distracted by Praline’s amazing body of work and soon found that my cravings for sweet things had vanished. Weird. Maybe that’s going to be the next big dieting fad – the design diet? Although if that worked, surely I’d be skinny as a rake by now!
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Tagged 2013, architect, beautiful, blogging, Bloomsbury Publishing, book, book binding, book design, branding, branding agency, cool, creative, creativity, design, design agency, design diet, Fiell, food, fun, funny, Google, graphic design, infographics, layout, Leonie Cumiskey, London, media, nice, paper, Polpo, Praline, Praline agency, publishing, recipe book, recipes, Richard Rogers, serendipity, Taschen, technology, writing
Mezcal has been fashionable for quite some time now, with London locations like Bodega Negra, Wahaca and Mezcal Cantina selling this smokey, curious South American since they first opened. I ordered a mezcal mule at Crazy Homies in Notting Hill, without knowing much about mezcal, but it was delicious. Its rise in popularity sounds almost similar to cider in the UK, which used to be a drink reserved for 15-year-old scallies and country bumpkins. Mexicans once considered mezcal to be a scummy kind of drink, too – strictly for country folk and the poor. In recent years, however, it has become one of the coolest and most popular alcoholic drinks in Mexico, with more than 150 different brands now on the market. The multitude of mezcal varieties mean that there are a lot of artisanal brands, each with its own packaging and identity. Here are some of my favourite designs…Bruja Mezcal
El Buho Mezcal
Mezcal EmmascaradoLa BoticaMezcal Manonegra
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Tagged 2013, alcohol, alcohol branding, blogging, branding, cool, Crazy Homies, creative, creativity, Dalston, design, graphic design, Leonie Cumiskey, London, mescal, Mexico, mezcal, mezcal mule, Notting Hill, packaging, packaging design, Soho, tequila, Wahaca, writer, writing
This wry GIF, by New York-based illustrator Beomyoung Sohn, is part of a project called ‘Dummymen‘. The repetitive animation shows our mindless addiction to brands and consumerism as well as, presumably, our loss of individuality as a result. The project, which is still a work in progress, has got a really dark, nihilistic humour to it that reminds me of work by Banksy and Jake and Dinos Chapman. It’s amazing how many brand logos have been squeezed onto all the faces of each block; every time I think I’ve spotted all of them, I’ll see one that I haven’t noticed yet – like the ones for CNN and FedEx, which are partly hidden.
If you like this, then you’ll probably like the hilariously horrible cartoon by Steve Cutts that I posted previously.
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Tagged 7-Eleven, ABSOLUT, Adidas, advertising, adverts, AIG, Allianz, animation, Apple, art, Banksy, Beomyoung Sohn, billboards, BMW, branding, Budweiser, Burger King, Canon, Chanel, Chevron, Citi Bank, cityscape, CNN, Coca-Cola, ConocoPhillips, DHL, Dinos Chapman, drones, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, GIF, Giorgio Armani, Goldman Sachs, Goldsmiths, graphic design, Gucci, Hewlett Packard, Honda, HSBC, hyperreality, Hyundai, IBM, IKEA, ING, Intel, irony, Jake Chapman, JP Morgan, Kodak, Leonie Cumiskey, Levi's, LG, logos, Louis Vuitton, Marlboro, mass consumerism, McDonalds, media, media studies, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, modern life is rubbish, Morgan Stanley, New York, Nike, Nintendo, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, post modern world, public space, Puma, robots, Rolex, Samsung, screen cultures, screens, Shell, Siemens, skyscrapers, Sony, Starbucks, Steve Cutts, Toyota, urban landscape, urban living, Walmart
Another microsite from Coca-Cola – not as fun as Happiness Islands, but thankfully not as patronising as the Work It Out site either. This time, Coca-Cola have decided to create a game called, umm…Cat Or Not. Basically, everyone on the internet loves cats, so it strikes me as a bit of a lukewarm crowd pleaser. The game is harder than you’d think, although ultimately it’s fairly pointless. It never seems to end, nor is there any logical conclusion to it.
Come on, Coke, cut the bullshit. When are you going to just roll out more of those free money ATMs? We all know you can afford it!
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Tagged advertising, bland, brand awareness, brand messaging, branded content, branding, cat game, Cat Or Not, cats, cats on the internet, Coca-Cola, Coke, digital, digital marketing, FMCG, free money, free money ATM, internet, Leonie Cumiskey, meme, microsite, money, online, online game, procrastination, site design, soft drinks, Spain, website
Meh, Westwood did it first AND she did it better…
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Tagged 2005, 2012, black and white, blogging, boring, brand partnerships, branding, brands, campaign, celebrity, colour, cool, Dita Von Teese, fashion, fashion advertising, Hedi Slimane, Leonie Cumiskey, London, Marilyn Manson, meh, menswear, monochrome, musicians, Paris, Perou, photography, rock music, rock star, Saint Laurent, selling out, style, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent