Mastering Illustrator: Our Brand New Skillshare Class

We’re thrilled to share our latest Skillshare.com class which is out now! It’s a 40-minute class detailing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tricks of the trade that we use for a fast and efficient workflow. The class includes specific examples from our work with Star Wars, Back to the Future, SXSW, as well as personal design projects, and covers everything from simple keyboard shortcuts to more complex visuals like pattern strokes and vector halftones. Whether you're just starting out with Illustrator or have been using the software for some time, we hope you’ll find our tips will provide some new tools for increased efficiency and enhance your creative process.

Almanac Beer Co. Cans

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

Last year we had the opportunity to design a series of limited edition fresh beer bottles for San Francisco's Almanac Beer Co. Almanac's "Farm to Barrel" process takes advantage of local, seasonal ingredients and has landed them on the map as one of the fastest growing breweries on the west coast. We were thrilled to work with Almanac again on their first venture into canned beer. Each beer's isometric illustration focuses on part of the beer making process - from the orange groves and wheat fields of California, to the brewery, and the city of San Francisco itself. Almanac's Fresh Beer cans are now available in Whole Foods stores throughout California and coming soon to a state near you.   

"I first partnered with Nathan and Dan on the design and branding of our 22oz Fresh Beer Limited product line back in 2015. The rollout was very successful and the response to the new branding was intense and immediate. We were onto something. For 2016, we had an exciting new canned six-pack lineup coming out, so I figured it was a great opportunity to expand on our prior success and further evolve the visual language we had developed. 

I wanted the cans to be bold, inviting and contemporary—but I also wanted to honor the long legacy of iconic beer brands that came before us. I couldn't be happier with the results. Nathan and Dan crushed my expectations and based on the early response, I think we're going to have another rousing success in our hands."

Damian Fagan
Co-Founder / CEO
Almanac Beer Co.

 

Craft Pilsner

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes."

 

San Francisco IPA

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"This West Coast IPA features an explosive aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and dankness from a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc and El Dorado hops. Intensely hoppy without overt bitterness, a light malt backbone balances this IPA, giving it a clean finish and making it a beer to be enjoyed again and again. Inspired by San Francisco but brewed to be enjoyed everywhere. Enjoy with super burritos, hangtown fry, and rich copping."

 

Saison Dolores

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"This California spin on a saison highlights tropical and floral aromas. An expressive fermentation provides hints of pineapple and white pepper, while a dry-hop of Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc doubles down on tropical aromas of mango and passionfruit. Enjoy this aromatic farmhouse ale with earthy mushroom dishes, funky washed-rind cheeses and al pastor street tacos."

 

Mandarina

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts."

 

Behind The Scenes

What began as rough ideas and initial sketches (see below) eventually transformed into ink swatches, box mockups, press checks, and finally canning and boxing of the finished product. For more insight into the process, check out our appearance on the Adventures in Design podcast episode 395 (player below).

The DKNG Show (Episode 3)

Episode 3 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!

Dave Matthews Band Charlottesville Poster

It’s hard to believe, but Dave Matthews Band has been performing for 25 years, and we were honored to create the artwork for their 25th Anniversary show in Charlottesville, Virginia, where their career began. The design features the band’s original tour van in front of the John Paul Jones Arena, one of many Charlottesville venues that were home to the band’s early performances. 

Along with advertising for the show, the artwork is available as a limited edition poster. The poster is an 18” x 24” four-color screen print on 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: 25th Anniversary Poster by DKNG

Promo Video

Close Up Shots

Back to the Future Trilogy Box Set

In 2015 we arrived in the future that Marty McFly visits in Back to the Future Part II, and to commemorate the historic date, Mondo released a first ever box set of the musical score from all three films. We were thrilled to collaborate with them on the package design which, as Mondo explains, was the first of its kind: 

“We're thrilled to unveil a 6-LP vinyl box set for the trilogy for one of the most celebrated film scores of all time, with music fully restored from original master recordings under the supervision of composer Alan Silvestri. This marks the first time the score has ever been made available in a box set in any format, the first time the original film score has been available on vinyl and includes never-before-released tracks from the sequels. The collectible packaging for the box set was designed by DKNG Studios, highlighting the DeLorean’s iconic fire trails in each film’s setting. Screenwriter Bob Gale contributed exclusive liner notes for the box set.”

- Mondotees.com 

All music Composed and Conducted by Alan Silvestri
Deluxe gatefold jackets with artwork unique to the box set housed in a hardshell slipcase
6XLPs all pressed on 180 Gram Colored Vinyl
Featuring exclusive liner notes by screenwriter Bob Gale

Initial Concept Sketches

Outside Lands 2016 Festival Branding

We’re excited to be back on board with our friends at Outside Lands creating the branding for the 2016 edition of the San Francisco festival. The poster and logo above will serve as the key art for the event and we'll be sharing additional work as we approach August. In the meantime, check out The Muppets announcing the 2016 lineup in the video below.
 

Muppets Promotional Video

Initial Concept Sketch/Proposal

Website

Patches

Outside Lands Branding by DKNG

The DKNG Show (Episode 2)

Episode 2 of the DKNG Show on Adventures In Design is now up! The DKNG Show will be 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: Rocketeer Series

The second series of the DKNG Explorers Club has arrived, and this time we’re venturing to galaxies far, far away! The new Rocketeer series of art prints explores three different planets, each with its own atmosphere, spacecraft, and solar system. Each print is a 16” x 20” four-color screen print on French Construction 100 lb cover stock. Included in the series are Europa on Nightshift Blue paper, Orion on Paver Red paper, and Aquarius on Timber Green paper. 

Kicking off the release of the Explorers Club Rocketeer Series are two special offers for launch week only! From Monday, April 4, through Thursday, April 7, every print purchased comes with an embroidered Explorers Club Rocketeer 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 launch week sale. The super soft shirts are printed with water-based ink by our friends at Real Thread! 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

Process Video

Close Up Shots

311 Southern California Posters

311 Poster (March 5, 2016)

311 Poster (March 6, 2016)

As high school kids growing up in San Diego, 311 was part of the regular rotation of bands playing on our car stereos. Now over a decade later we’re excited to debut two new posters for the band’s upcoming shows in San Diego and Indio, California. Fans of the band will know that every year, March 11, is known as 311 Day, with these two shows serving as the lead up to the big day.

Each posters is an 18” x 24” three color screen print on Classic Crest Cream 110 lb. stock. There’s also a variant edition on rainbow foil, and a super limited run of uncut sheets - 36” x 24” prints including both posters. Check out our initial sketches as well as a process video and closeup photos of the finished prints below. These 311 posters are now available in the DKNG Store.
 

Foil Variants

311 Poster (March 5, 2016 Foil Variant)

311 Poster (March 6, 2016 Foil Variant)

Uncut Sheet

311 Poster (Uncut Sheet)

Process Video

Initial Concept Sketches

Client Proposal

Close Up Shots

The DKNG Show (Episode 1)

New for 2016 we’ll be regular guests on your favorite podcast for creatives, Adventures In Design! The DKNG Show will be 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!