Mondo Spider-verse Poster

After years in the making, we're excited to unveil our most recent collaboration with Mondo - two posters cataloging the history of the Spider-verse and the many incarnations of Spider-men, women, and characters that have existed throughout the history of the franchise. Both posters are timed editions that go on sale on Thursday, March 23, at 10am CST exclusively through the Mondo web store. The sale runs until Sunday, March 26, at 10am CST. The number of prints purchased during the three day sale will determine the edition size.

The regular edition (yellow) and variant edition (blue) each feature their own unique groupings of 64 characters from the Spider-verse with 75 unique characters across both posters. The regular edition is a seven color 24" x 36" screen print while the variant edition adds an eighth color and is also 24" x 36". Check out the video below introducing the posters as well as a gallery of all the Spideys below. You can also check out Alamo Drafthouse's blog Birth. Movies. Death. for an in depth look at the creation of the posters.


Introduction Video


Spider-verse Gallery

Click on the images below to get a close up look at any Spidey suit.

Our New Skillshare Class: Illustrating An Icon Set

We're excited to share our latest Skillshare.com class which is now live! In this class you'll learn to design a cohesive icon series, inspired by your favorite movies. The idea behind the class was sparked by our poster celebrating Paramount Pictures’ 100th Anniversary, in which we designed 100 unique icons representing a movie from each year of the studio's history.

From sketching and concept development to final execution, we'll share how to distill complex subject matter into recognizable small-scale designs. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use reference imagery to simplify a complex subject into a single image
  • Create a limited color palette that works across a series
  • Establish design rules to ensure consistency across your image set

From small-scale projects like buttons and pins to professional branding work where consistency is key, students will leave this class with an arsenal of design tools to utilize again and again. This class joins more than 10,000 classes on Skillshare, an online learning community where anyone can discover, enroll, or even teach a class in design, entrepreneurship, and more.

The DKNG Show (Episode 7)

Episode 7 of the DKNG Show on Adventures In Design is now up! The DKNG Show is a bimonthly peek behind the curtain of everything happening in our world.

Listen to the first half for free below. Become a member of the Circle Of Trust to hear the full episode as well as see the latest projects we've been working on!

Almanac San Francisco Taproom Murals

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

DKNG recently had the opportunity to take on a project that was a first for us…mural design. The challenge was to develop a multi-panel mural for Almanac Beer Co.’s new San Francisco taproom that tied into their existing brand, while also complimenting the new space without overpowering it. The solution turned out to be two separate murals - a large abstract mural featuring the Almanac logo, and a smaller, more detailed mural, featuring an isometric cityscape that incorporated both the Mission district of San Francisco where the taproom is located, along with existing Almanac branding and iconography from their fresh beer series. The murals also incorporate the color palette of the space including the natural wood tones of the bar and seating as well as the blue-gray tones of the hand-finished plaster walls. 

Check out our initial sketches for the murals below along with photos of the finished taproom. We also created a time-lapse process video of the awesome team from New Bohemia Signs painting the murals by hand. Their team of four sign painters spent six long days hand painting every inch of the murals! The Almanac San Francisco Taproom is now open at 2704 24th Street.
 

Time-Lapse Process Video


Initial Concept Sketches


Final Designs

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Finished Murals

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com  / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Eater.com / Patricia Chang

Van Morrison Las Vegas, NV Poster

This past weekend, Van Morrison played two sold out shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and as long time fans, we were honored to create the official gig poster for the event. We were inspired by the vintage neon signs that have lined the Las Vegas strip, and created Van’s own custom sign. The entire edition of posters is printed on metallic rainbow foil which gives the neon and lightbulbs in the sign a convincing shimmer when viewed in person. 

The poster is an 18” x 24” three color screen print on 10pt Rainbow Foil with an edition size of 400. Check out our initial concept sketch below along with close up photos of the finished print, and a process video documenting the design and printing of the poster. Thanks to our friends at Monolith Press for the stellar print job. The Van Morrison Las Vegas poster is now available in the DKNG Store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch


Process Video


Close Up Shots

Official Rogue One Magazine Cover

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this week, and we’re excited to unveil the cover we designed for the special edition digital magazine available exclusively through Disney and Regal Cinemas. The cover illustration depicts a dual image of a newly introduced Death Trooper melding with the Death Star and its main weapon being constructed. Check out the closeup images below to see some of the more intricate details of the illustration, and you can also download your own copy of the magazine when purchasing tickets to Rogue One through Regal Cinemas.


Initial Concept Sketch/Proposal


Close Up Shots


Inspiration

DKNG Tandem Gaming Set

We’re excited to announce a new addition to the DKNG Store! The DKNG Tandem Gaming Set is a custom designed box set of staples of gaming table - playing cards and dice. Each box and its contents are handmade in the USA and include two custom designed decks of our Red Wheel and Blue Wheel playing cards, and five custom dice featuring red embossed skulls. The box itself is made of hardwood maple featuring a laser engraved lid and magnetic closures to keep the contents safe and sound. The DKNG Tandem Gaming Set is now available in the DKNG Store

DKNG Tandem Gaming Set

DKNG ‘Blue Wheel’ Playing Cards

The much anticipated followup to our first deck of Red Wheel Playing Cards is now here! Blue Wheel Playing Cards are the same great quality, manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company, and with a fresh new color palette. With the help of our friends Dan & Dave at Art of Play, we designed a completely original deck from the tuck case to the face cards and everything in between, now available in your choice of red or blue. The tuck case includes an embossed foil stamp on thick blue paper and each card is printed with two metallic inks. These are standard Poker size playing cards with an air-cushion finish, just like the Bicycle cards you’re used to from the U.S. Playing Card Co. Check out closeup images of the cards below. ‘Blue Wheel’ decks are now available in the DKNG Store.

DKNG 'Blue Wheel' Playing Cards
DKNG 'Blue Wheel' Playing Cards

The DKNG Show (Episode 6)

Episode 6 of the DKNG Show on Adventures In Design is now up! The DKNG Show is a bimonthly peek behind the curtain of everything happening in our world.

Listen to the first half for free below. Become a member of the Circle Of Trust to hear the full episode as well as see the latest projects we've been working on!

DKNG Mystery Tube Sale

The second annual DKNG Mystery Tube Sale is here! You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Each tube will contain three screen printed posters in various sizes and random combinations of gig posters, movie posters, and art prints, available for the low price of $30. Mystery tubes may contain “scratch & dent” prints filled with character that perfect prints just don’t have. But don’t worry, all prints that make their way into mystery tubes are still wholesome enough to take home to mom and make their way into frames. The DKNG Mystery Tube Sale kicks off on Black Friday and is only available while supplies last!