The first ever DKNG Mystery Tube Sale is here! You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Each tube will contain a combination of 5 random posters and art prints 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 latest addition to the DKNG line of art prints is here! The Explorers Club celebrates “homes for those who roam” with three of our favorite classic camping vehicles in three diverse California settings. Each art print is a 20” x 16” four-color screen print on French Pop-Tone paper. Included in the series are Mojave on Orange Fizz paper, Sierra on Gum Drop Green paper, and Laguna on Blu Raspberry paper.
Kicking off the release of Explorers Club are two special offers for Black Friday weekend! From Friday, November 27, through Monday, November 30, every print purchased comes with an embroidered Explorers Club patch. Also available is the Explorers Club Mega Pack which includes all three prints, the embroidered patch, and an exclusive Explorers Club t-shirt which is only available during the Black Friday sale. Check out additional images of the prints below, our initial sketches, as well as process videos documenting the creation of the prints.
Explorers Club T-Shirt
Explorers Club Embroidered Patch
Initial Concept Sketches
We’re excited to announce our first foray into the world of playing cards, and our first deck is the DKNG ‘Red Wheel’, manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company. 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. The tuck case includes an embossed foil stamp on thick red 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 as well as a video from Art of Play of the cards in action. ‘Red Wheel’ decks are now available in the DKNG Store.
This year we had the amazing opportunity to work on two projects for the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A Force for Change is the charitable arm of the Star Wars franchise and along with director J.J. Abrams, A Force for Change partnered with Gallery 1988 in L.A. to create Art Awakens, a campaign in which new art pieces based on the Star Wars universe were sold with proceeds benefiting UNICEF. The campaign launched at Disney’s D23 convention in Anaheim earlier this year where our first print premiered - a 20” x 20” metal print with a limited edition of 150 that were exclusively available at D23 and through the gallery.
The second piece we created is an 18” x 24" five-color screen print that recently premiered at Gallery 1988 along with six other printed editions as well as dozens of original pieces by a range of talented artists. “Resistance X-Wing” depicts the brand new X-Wing fighter from the new film, flying just above the surface of the ocean with outer space reflected in the water. “Resistance X-Wing” was exclusively available at Gallery 1988 but you can check out close up photos of both prints below as well as our initial sketches and photos from both D23 and the Art Awakens gallery show opening.
Art Awakens at D23
Art Awakens at Gallery 1988
Initial Concept Sketches
Close Up Shots
We recently had the opportunity to illustrate ten of our favorite dog breeds for our friends over at Golden Doodle, the lifestyle brand for dog lovers. The illustrations are now available on t-shirts and stickers at GoldenDoodleGoods.com, and you can now save 10% by entering coupon code DKNG at checkout.
Initial Concept Sketches
Nathan Goldman of DKNG is on another episode of Adventures In Design Podcast. A Veterans Day Best of Adventures In Design Special where we look back on one year ago when the Circle of Trust was born and our host Mark Brickey finally got his dream job. Visit the AID website to subscribe and become a member of the Circle of Trust to access exclusive daily content as well as the entire archive. You can listen to the first half of the episode for free below.
Dan Kuhlken of DKNG is on another episode of Adventures In Design Podcast. The episode itself features British artist Jock, with DKNG appearing as part of the bonus Circle of Trust content. Visit the AID website to subscribe and become a member of the Circle of Trust to access this episode’s exclusive content as well as the entire archive.
On the episode, Mark Brickey and Dan chat about the last three years of DKNG, how the business has evolved, and what DKNG is gearing up for in 2016.
2015 let us check an important item off of our bucket list - having the opportunity to design a beer label. Almanac Beer Co. is a quickly growing brewery based in San Francisco, and specializes in unique, fresh and barrel aged beers using local ingredients. We worked with Almanac to design their new line of fresh, seasonal beers which are all based on historic eras in San Francisco’s history. As for the bottles themselves, instead of a typical paper label, the seasonal bottles feature a full 360º wrap, screen printed directly onto the glass.
First up in the spring was Valencia Gold, a golden ale brewed with Valencia Oranges and orange blossom honey. Valencia Gold celebrates the Mission District of San Francisco during the 1850s gold rush era. The artwork includes Mission Dolores Church in a street scene representing the city’s skyline at the time.
Emperor Norton celebrates a folk hero in the history of the city. Perhaps the most famous and beloved homeless resident of San Francisco, Emperor Norton garnered a huge cult following during the late 19th century and forecast important bay area developments including the construction of a trans-bay bridge. The beer itself is a dry-hopped Belgian style ale brewed with apricots.
Paris of the West harkens back to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition that took place in San Francisco 100 years ago. The ferry building and waterfront are featured on the bottle as well as the Playland amusement park erected on the boardwalk at the time. Paris of the West is a Quadrupel Ale brewed with flame raisins, candi sugar, and oranges.
Barbary Coast concludes the series of the four seasonal releases with one of the most debaucherous times in San Francisco History. Early 20th century sailors visited what is now the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco to visit saloons, dance halls, and ladies of the night. Barbary Coast is an Imperial Stout brewed with cacao nibs, chili pepper, oak, and sea salt.
Almanac is quickly expanding its distribution but these limited edition seasonals are only available while supplies last. Available where finer beers are sold, contact Almanac to find out if their beers are sold in your neighborhood.
Thanks to our friends at Down the Street Designs for providing the animations throughout this post.
Join us Monday, October 5th, from 1:45 PM - 3:00pm, at this year’s Adobe MAX Conference where we’ll be discussing our creative process, including select case studies from our entertainment and commercial work, why concept development is essential to a successful design, the importance of taking risks, and staying passionate and positive, and the value of your portfolio: how a finished product proves your worth.
We’ll be creating a limited edition poster that our friends at Mama’s Sauce will be screenprinting live at Adobe MAX in October, and we want you to collaborate with us using Adobe Shape CC. We’ll be using some of the contributed artwork in a final poster design with the theme of “What inspires you to create?”
Visit the Adobe website for complete entry instructions. Mama’s Sauce will print a limited edition of 3,500 of these posters which will be available at Adobe MAX on October 5th, or shipped directly to you if you’re one of the first 100 people to submit a shape. In fact, we’ll be live printing one of the colors onsite at MAX, so if you’re attending, you can print your own copy on the spot!