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?



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).



(via Dieline)



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.


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




July 28, 2008, 11:55 PM

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

(see it larger on flickr)



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:


and a beautiful grid&type-based packaging (yes, Helvetica forever! :P):



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? :))




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 :)