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! 

Polar Bears Art Print Benefiting NRDC

In the spirit of holiday giving and protecting our planet, we’re excited to announce our new Polar Bears art print benefiting the National Resources Defense Council. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the print will be donated to NRDC, which works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

The print itself is an 11” x 14” two-color screen print using two split-fountains on 100lb off-white recycled paper. The print is a timed edition which ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 27. The number of prints that sell in that time period will dictate the edition size of the print. All prints will be signed and numbered by DKNG. For orders made within the United States, every effort will be made for the prints to ship and arrive prior to Christmas, pending the final edition size. Please keep in mind orders shipped outside the United States will take longer to deliver, but should arrive by January 2017. Check out our initial sketch and process video of the print being designed below.
 

Initial Sketch


Geometry Guidelines


Process Video

Phish Alpharetta, GA Posters

This past weekend, Phish performed two nights of sold out shows at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA, and we were thrilled to design a diptych poster set for the gig. While the two brontosauruses depicted might not be native residents of Georgia, they are enjoying the state’s famous peaches as they face off against each other. 

Each poster is an 18” x 24” four color screen print on French Construction Cement Green paper with a super limited artist edition of 50 available for sale. Check out a video documenting the design process below as well as our initial sketch and close up photos of the finished prints. The two posters are now available in the DKNG store.


Initial Concept Sketch


Close Up Shots


Process Video

The DKNG Show (Episode 5)

Episode 5 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!

Explorers Club: Cyclist Series

The latest series in the DKNG Explorers Club has rolled into town and this time we’re featuring the wide world of bicycles! The new Cyclist Series of art prints depicts five different bicycles each in its own environment and featuring its own unique accessories. Each print is a 20” x 16” four-color screen print on 100lb French Paper cover stock. The series is comprised of Mesa (road bike), Durango (mountain bike), Downtown (fixie), Venice (guy’s beach cruiser), and Malibu (girl’s beach cruiser).

Kicking off the release of the Explorers Club Cyclist Series are two special offers for launch week only! From Tuesday, October 18 through Friday, October 21, every print purchased comes with your choice of an embroidered Explorers Club Cyclist patch OR Cyclist enamel pin. Also available is the Explorers Club Mega Pack which includes your choice of 3 of the 5 prints, the embroidered patch, the enamel pin, and an exclusive Explorers Club t-shirt which is only available during the launch week sale. That’s a $116 value for only $70! Check out additional images of the prints below, our initial sketches, as well as a process video documenting the creation of the prints.


Mesa


Durango


Downtown

Explorers Club: Downtown by DKNG


Venice


Malibu


Patch, Pin & Shirt


Initial Concept Sketches


Process Video

Explorers Club Enamel Pins

New to the DKNG Store are our first ever enamel pins! Coming from the world of our Explorers Club, the three new pins include the Camper, Rocketeer, and Cyclist. These one-inch soft enamel pins each feature a unique die cast metal finish and include a heavy duty rubber backing clasp to ensure a secure fit. The pins are available individually for $10 or as a set of three for $25. Check out closeup photos of the sparkling pins below to get an idea of how sharp you’ll look sporting one of these on your lapel.
 

Camper Pin


Rocketeer Pin


Cyclist Pin

Bank of America Student Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again when freshman head off to college for the first time. To help them out, we worked with Bank of America on an Instagram-based ad campaign featuring 15 illustrated tips for students as they embark on their college career. One challenge of the project was to strike a playful tone without feeling like the ads were directed to children as opposed to college students. The solution came in depicting students as both humans and animals interacting with each in some typical and not-so-typical campus situations. The full series of ads appears below along with a few of our initial sketches and mockups. You can also check out the campaign on Bank of America’s Instagram and Facebook channels. 

Bank of America Illustration by DKNG


Concept Sketches


Client Mockup

Dave Matthews Band Gorge Poster

Dave Matthews Band is wrapping up their 25th Anniversary tour and we were thrilled to bookend the run with posters for the first show in Charlottesville, VA, and now the final stop of the tour at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington. The band’s original tour van makes its return in the artwork, this time surrounded by the beautiful scenery of George, Washington. 

The poster is a 24” x 18” four-color screen print on 100 lb French Kraft-Tone Index Off-White paper. Check out our initial sketch below along with closeup shots of the finished print, which is now available in the DKNG store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch

Layer-by-Layer Color Separations

Dave Matthews Band poste by DKNG

Close Up Shots

Grand Canyon National Park Poster

We’re excited to announce the release of our Grand Canyon National Park poster as part of the Fifty-Nine Parks poster series celebrating all of America’s National Parks. Since the Grand Canyon is such an iconic park and has been depicted in so many different ways, we wanted to capture a unique perspective of the Colorado River winding through the canyon, with a kayaker included to lend a sense of the vast scale of the park. 

The poster is an 18” x 24” four color screen print on 100 lb. French Construction Pure White paper and is part of an open edition. Check out our initial sketch of the poster below, close-up photos of the finished print, and an interview with Fifty-Nine Parks where we share our thoughts on the project. The Grand Canyon National Park poster is now available in the DKNG Store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch


LAYER-BY-LAYER COLOR SEPARATIONS


FIFTY-NINE PARKS INTERVIEW

Tell us about where the DKNG story begins.
DKNG’s collaboration began in high school when Dan and I played in a band together. We started designing our own album artwork, flyers, and posters. Years later when we were both in college in Los Angeles, we had the opportunity to design a few concert posters for the Troubadour. They liked our work and we went on to create dozens of posters for them. After various other jobs, we both eventually came on board as full time DKNG employees and we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary as a company.

What is it about screen printed posters that gets you stoked?
We spend so much time on our computers, it’s nice to work in a very analog medium. We got started printing our own posters by hand, and it was always a welcome activity to be able to see our designs come to life as we printed them. We also love the fact that no two screen prints are the same, and the fact that the process includes some natural variation makes it feel much more like a craft than other more industrial forms of printing. The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way.

Can you talk about any sources of inspiration for your Grand Canyon print?
When thinking about the Grand Canyon, we knew we wanted to convey the vastness of the park while also showing a perspective that hadn’t been seen on every souvenir postcard. We were inspired by all the fun activities that are available in the park and decided that a sole kayaker would be a good way to give a sense of scale to the print.

What's your favorite National Park?
Dan and I have only really been to a handful of National Parks. I know Dan likes Yellowstone because of the hot springs and geysers, which are pretty unique to that park. However, he has a new appreciation for The Grand Canyon, especially having the experience of flying over the park on a commercial flight. It’s just so breathtakingly huge.

What makes National Parks equally as rad as posters?
The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way, since so many have features that feel dreamlike, or like they might exist in a fantasy world.

What's one tip you'd offer for working in illustrator?
I would say the most unique and helpful tool we used when creating this print was Opacity Masks. There’s a lot of texture going on in every color and this tool came in hand when needing to fade textures from being fully opaque to semi transparent using gradients. Over all it helped make the ambiance of the print feel more painterly and less like a vector collage.

How about a tip on running a small design business?
It’s easy to get pigeonholed into being the guys that do a certain kind of work, so we like to mix it up and use our business to pursue several different types of projects. We always recommend that designers put forth the type of work that they’d like to be hired for, rather than the type of work you’ve done in the past, which will likely lead to more of the same.
 

Close Up Shots

The DKNG Show (Episode 4)

Episode 4 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!