Gnome Crayons Packaging Design

We recently had the opportunity to venture into the world of packaging design with the awesome FCTRY in Brooklyn, NY. Their latest product is “Gnome Crayons” and they’re as fun to look at as they are to draw with. The inspiration for the design was Germany’s Black Forest and Bavarian fairly tales. The gnomes and their tiny cottages exist in a secret forest clearing that we illustrated for the front and back of the package. You can order your own set of Gnome Crayons from the FCTRY Store. Check out our initial concept sketches as well as photos of the final product below.

 

Initial Concept Sketches

Final Design

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The Pink Panther 50th Anniversary Movie Poster

The Pink Panther 50th Anniversary Movie Poster by DKNG

We’re thrilled to have collaborated with Skuzzles and MGM for the first time on a limited edition Pink Panther poster to celebrate the film’s 50th Anniversary. Although the Pink Panther in the film refers to a stolen precious diamond, the animated character first appeared in the film’s main title sequence and went on to star in its own Saturday morning cartoons. The poster depicts the panther sneaking up on an unsuspecting Inspector Clouseau.

The Pink Panther is an 18” x 24” screen print available as a regular edition, four-color print on French Pop-Tone Cotton Candy paper and a variant edition, three-color print on Cougar White paper. Check out a few close up photos of the finished prints below as well as our original concept sketches. The Pink Panther goes on sale in the DKNG Store on January 26, at a random time.

 

Concept Sketches

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TRON: The Original Classic Poster

We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Galerie F and the Logan Theatre in Chicago to create a limited edition screen printed poster for the cult classic TRON. The iconic light cycles from the film immediately came to mind as the focal point for the design. The poster captures the moment that the player enters the grid and the light cycle materializes around them.

The poster is a three color screen print on Cougar White paper. Check out a few closeup photos of the finished print below as well as our original concept sketch and a process video. TRON will be released in the DKNG store on Monday, January 19, at a random time.

 

Process Video

Concept Sketch

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Oakland Poster

This weekend, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performed at the historic Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California. We were inspired by the incredible mosaic facade of the theatre and created an illustrated version of the building with Dave and Tim standing in for the larger than life figures that tower above Broadway in Oakland.

The poster is a two color screen print on Autumn Hay Metallic paper. Check out a few closeup photos of the finished print below as well as our original concept sketch. The Dave and Tim Oakland poster will be released in the DKNG store on Monday, January 19, at a random time.

 

Concept Sketch

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The Dark Knight Tumbler Poster

2014 marked the 75th Anniversary of Batman, and we were thrilled to create an official poster for Mondo and DC Comics to commemorate a more recent addition to the Batman universe: the Tumbler. Despite its military appearance, the new incarnation of the Batmobile actually has its roots in the 1950s television version of the Batmobile, according to Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley. The two vehicles share similar features including tail fins and a rear jet engine. The Tumbler in the print is at home in the Dark Knight’s ultra-modern Batcave.

The Tumbler is a 24” x 18” two color screen print on French Speckletone Madero Beach paper and is available in a super limited artist edition of 50 posters. Check out a few closeup images of the finished print below as well as our initial concept sketch. The Tumbler will be available in the DKNG store on Monday, January 12, 2015 at a random time.

 

Concept Sketch

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The Dark Knight Tumbler Poster by DKNG

DKNG January Poster Releases

Happy New Year! January is Movie Month at DKNG with a new official, limited edition film poster released every week, all month long. First up is our Home Alone poster for Mondo which drops TODAY, Monday, January 5, followed by The Dark Knight on January 12, Tron on January 19, and the Pink Panther on January 26. Stay tuned to our social networks for specific release times and details on each poster and ring in the new year with new movie art from DKNG!

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Home Alone Mondo Poster

We’re excited to announce a new movie poster for one of our favorite childhood movie’s, Home Alone. When approaching a concept for Home Alone, we knew the interior of the McCallister home and all of Kevin’s tricks to foil the Wet Bandits were likely to be the focus of our design. However, we also wanted to incorporate the exterior of the house and provide a different perspective on some of the movie’s most iconic scenes. We took some liberties with the architecture of the house and the layout of the property, but in the end the exterior allowed us to include some of our favorite imagery from Home Alone including the Oh-Kay Plumbing van, the perpetually knocked over bronze statue, and of course, Old Man Marley.

This poster was an interesting challenge for us as we’ve typically been using two-color printing for this more realistic style. This time around, we stepped up to a four-color design that looks great with the fine halftones we’re using. The poster is printed on a subtle metallic paper that will give the snow an extra shimmer. Check out a few closeup images of the poster below as well as a process video and our original sketch. Home Alone will be available in the DKNG store Monday, January 5, 2014 at a random time.

 

Process Video

Concept Sketch

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The Lab Art Print

Based on the musical experimentation of our spring tour poster for Galactic, The Lab expands on the experiment with new instruments, a new color palette and paper stock. The Lab is a five-color screen print on French PopTone Spearmint paper with a limited edition of 200, and is now available in the DKNG Store.

 

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The Garage Art Print 

New to the store is an art print combining some of our favorite design elements of classic ‘70s motorcycles at home in its owner’s garage. Based on our Dave Matthews Band Berkeley, CA poster, The Garage is a four-color screen print on French Speckletone Madero Beach paper with a limited edition of 200, and is now available in the DKNG Store.

 

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The Garage Art Print by DKNG

DKNG Postcard Set Vol III

We are excited to announce that our postcard collection is expanding to include a brand new set of 16 cards. Each postcard is 4” x 6” with pleasantly rounded corners and each set of 16 cards is only $10. Available now in the DKNG Store. Don’t forget to check out Set I and Set II while you’re at it to collect and trade with your friends!

Adventures in Design Podcast with Nathan Goldman

Nathan Goldman of DKNG is on today's episode of Adventures in Design Podcast! It’s a Sunday night in San Francisco and Mark wraps up the 2nd weekend of holiday vending. It’s another late night after a long day of working and the conversation is all over the road from talking about event pricing, admitting to someone you talk shit about their business and strangely a lengthy conversation about pregnant women??? A classic way off topic and out of bounds episode awaits your Monday morning. TGIM!

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Adventures in Design Podcast with Dan Kuhlken

Dan Kuhlken of DKNG is on another episode of Adventures in Design Podcast! We catch Mark Brickey on the last night of several late nights getting ready for a road trip up to the bay area to do holiday shows in November. Hear two good friends hop from topic to topic during a late night work bender.

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New DKNG T-Shirts

We’re excited to announce two new additions to the DKNG t-shirt collection. Warrior, based on the art print of the same name, is a three color design on super soft cream colored cotton. El Pulpo, also available as an art print, is a one color design on super soft coal colored cotton. Both shirts come in women’s small - XXL and men’s X-small - 3XL and are available now in the DKNG Store

The Iron Giant Mondo Art Print

Last month our Iron Giant poster premiered at the first ever MondoCon in Austin, Texas. We now have our own copies of the print available for sale in the DKNG Store. The poster features one of our favorite scenes in the movie when the giant first discovers that he can fly, taking Hogarth along for the ride as his mother looks on. The poster is an 18” x 24” three color screen print with metallic ink on Cougar White paper. Check out a few closeup images of the print below as well as our original sketch.

 

CONCEPT SKETCH

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Sam Smith Live in Seattle

With his inaugural US headlining tour, Sam Smith has been captivating audiences from coast to coast, performing in support of his debut album, In The Lonely Hour. We were thrilled to create a poster for Sam’s show at The Paramount in Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the emotions that Sam explores in the album, we tried to convey a sense of what Sam calls a "truly depressing album that ends on a hopeful note". The poster was printed as a single-screen split fountain using a blend of three ink colors on French Pop-Tone Black Licorice. Check out our initial sketch as well as a few close up photos of the finished print below. A limited number of posters will be available in the DKNG Store.

CONCEPT SKETCH

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Robot Art Print

New to the DKNG store, “Robot” is an 18” x 24” three color art print with a limited edition of 200 on French Speckletone Madero Beach paper. This music-fueled robot will make the perfect addition to children’s nurseries and recording studios alike.

Check out the original Primus blog post for some additional information on this design including a process video showing the behind the scenes creation of the poster. Below you’ll find close up photos of the prints, which are now available in the DKNG store while supplies last.

 

Close up shots

Bill & Ted Double Feature

This Summer, the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a double-feature of the cult classics Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. We created a poster for each movie which are now available in our store.

The Excellent Adventure poster is a 24” x 36” five color screen print with a numbered artist edition of 50. We were inspired by the time traveling phone booth from the film and each year visited by Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esquire.

The Bogus Journey poster is also a 24” x 36” five color screen print with a numbered artist edition of 50. This poster depicts the levels of heaven, hell, and purgatory that Bill & Ted visit throughout their trip.

Check out closeup photos of the prints below as well as our initial sketches. Both posters are now available in the DKNG store including a special deal when purchasing both posters.

 

INITIAL CONCEPT SKETCHES

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Phish Commerce City, CO Poster Series 

Over Labor Day weekend, Phish performed three nights of sold out shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, and we’re thrilled to have created a triptych poster set for the gig. We were inspired by the surrounding Colorado landscape and car themed Phish song Fuego, and illustrated a series of three off-road vehicles making their way through the Colorado mountains with camping gear in tow.

Each poster is a 12” x 24” four color screen print with a limited edition of 725. We also created a process video that includes both our design process as well as the full printing process. Thanks to Monolith Press in Alameda, CA, for a great print job and for documenting the whole process on film. Check out the video below as well as our initial sketch and close up photos of the finished prints. The three posters are now available in the DKNG store.

 

PROCESS VIDEO

INDIVIDUAL POSTERS

INITIAL SKETCH

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Dave Matthews Band at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre

It’s not too often that Dave Matthews Band visits our home state of California, so we’re excited to release our latest poster for the band for their show at the historic Greek Theatre, in Berkeley, CA, on August 22. Given the amount of road the band covers, we thought a custom DMB motorcycle in a shop surrounded by tools and music gear would be a fitting image.

The poster is a four-color screen print on Cougar Natural paper. A limited AP edition of 60 is now available in the DKNG store. Check out a few closeup images of the poster below as well as our original sketch. Just a heads up, we will be releasing an art print version of the poster in the coming months.

INITIAL SKETCH

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