Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

Another Designer Burning in Hell

November 11, 2010, 9:28 AM

A few days ago while mindlessly strolling through a supermarket aisle (sadly, not even we, designers, are immune to consumerism), an American-fast-food-screaming package drew my attention on the shelves. But, to my horror, it wasn’t for a fast-food product — it was for jelly sweets.

Joking or not, this piece of design certainly deserves a 13th step in Milton Glaser’s 12 Steps on the Road to Hell. What are the chances of a healthy life for an 8-year old that grew up innocently enjoying some diabolically-burger-shaped jellies?

However, the most worrying question is this:

Would I do it?

What if the client is a long trusted one, brings in a lot of good business, but can’t be convinced? What if this is the first project you get as a freelancer in a few weeks/months now (recession is not over yet, as we all know)? What if you simply can’t afford to reject this project?

Scary, isn’t it?

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Paprika — design from Canada

December 17, 2008, 6:46 PM

Outstanding work from Paprika, based in Montreal, Canada. The prints will make you drool, for sure. Emboss, foils, laser, diecuts, you name it. I also admire their identities, minimalistic, simple, most of them based on type and images — one doesn’t need a complicated logo when a good, clear&functional visual identity is present. Another thing to admire is their ability to create both rational, strong design and emotional, delicate design (check out their beautiful packaging).

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(via Dieline)

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Yurko Gutsulyak — From Ukraina with love

November 20, 2008, 3:35 PM

Wonderful works made by Yurko Gutsulyak, an ukrainean designer. His matches-calendar won a lot of awards, and one can easily see why. I also love the beautiful Cognac CD case, the nice stationery for the Golovan and Partners law firm and many more.

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(via Dieline — thanks Alin for drawing my attention :) )

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Red&Blue

July 28, 2008, 11:55 PM

Beautiful, simple and cheap chinese packaging. Type works best, as always. Especially when it’s hanzi :)
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(see it larger on flickr)

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Vintage Graphic Design

May 25, 2008, 5:04 PM

Another goodie-set on Flickr, containing pages from an old Graphis Packaging issue. Some beautiful stamps:

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and a beautiful grid&type-based packaging (yes, Helvetica forever! :P):
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Mr. Porky – swiney todd stuff :)

March 7, 2008, 12:08 AM

I know most would be horrified by this product, but for me they are pretty much like Proust’s madeleines, reminding me of my grandparents’, as a kid, sitting comfy on the big old sofa, Christmas Eve, eating pork scratchings and smoked sausages, sipping some good home-made rosé wine out of a tailor’s-finger-pad-sized glass…

To my delight I’ve found these Mr. Porky (note the hilarious butcher – the POS had him full monty, uncovered as packs were sold :)) ) in an irish pub here in Bucharest yesterday. They went smoothly along some vodka beers. Or was it the other way around? :))

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Ugliest bottle on the shelf?

February 20, 2008, 1:30 AM

Maybe not, but it sure strives to take the prize. Just bought it today because I couldn’t believe how awkard and comunist-cheap-booze-reminding-me it was. Not to mention the weird glob-glob sound it makes when drinking because of its badly designed neck. It would make a great Molotov-cocktail if it weren’t plastic :)

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