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Almanac Beer Co. Brewery Mural

Of all the Almanac Beer Co. projects we’ve had the pleasure of taking on, perhaps the most exciting has been getting to create a large-scale mural for their new brewery in Alameda, CA. Almanac’s founders asked us to create an isometric scene (similar to our previous can illustrations) that was evocative of a map of the bay area, bridging their two homes of San Francisco and Alameda, while also infusing the design with lots of little easter eggs, paying tribute to some of their favorite pop culture icons. See if you can spot them all including Ren & Stimpy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Rick & Morty, Monty Python, and Firefly. 

The mural itself is a 40’ x 17’ behemoth, installed by the great team at Sterling Graphics in San Francisco. After considering both hand-painted and decal applications, the shear size and detail of the artwork led to the wallpaper style decal approach as the best option. You can see a video of the installation process below, along with our initial sketch and photo of the finished artwork, but we highly recommend stopping by the brewery to enjoy the mural in-person, paired with a cold pint. 


Timelapse Video


Initial Concept Sketch


Final Mural

Almanac Beer Co. Side Hustle Hazy IPA

Almanac’s latest release, Side Hustle Hazy IPA, continues our experimentation with metallized printing stock, giving this label a wraparound 70s era golden shimmer. Side Hustle is also the first of Almanac’s rotating hops series, so we also had fun creating a new icon for the labels - a call to check the bottom of the can for the seasonal selection of hops in the current batch. Check out a few photos fresh from the canning line below. 

Side Hustle Hazy IPA can design by DKNG

Target House Heartwork 2017

Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies for the art room at Target House—a wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Heartwork 2017 includes limited edition art prints from 10 great artists, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the art prints going to purchasing art supplies for St. Jude patients staying at Target House during their treatment. Our contribution is an 11” x 14” giclee art print entitled “Lead the Way”, with a limited edition of 50. 

Visit heartworkart.com to purchase one of the 10 designs while they last, and thanks to Target and Invisible Creature for inviting us to participate in an amazing cause! 


Lead The Way


Initial Concept Sketch


Target House

Target House
Target House


2017 Art Prints

Radiohead Berkeley, CA Poster

One of our favorite bands in the world, Radiohead, recently played two nights of shows at the iconic Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA, and we were thrilled to create the gig poster for the run. We were inspired by the band’s recent abstract aesthetic as well as the lush setting of the Greek Theatre on UC Berkeley’s campus, and came up with a composition printed on three different paper colors to add some variety to the print edition. 

The poster is an 18” x 24” three color screen print with numbered artist editions of 20 on each of three different papers - French Pop-Tone Lemon Drop, French Pop-Tone Red Hot, and Gmund Matt 34. The posters also feature a metallic silver ink which you can check out in close up photos of the prints below, along with our initial design exploration.


Initial Design Exploration


Close Up Shots

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

Alt-J Montreal Poster

Alt-J recently performed at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal, Canada and our poster from the show is now available. The band’s name refers to the keyboard shortcut for a delta symbol which has become the iconic symbol of the band. We chose to incorporate that shape into an impossible triangle, representing the complexity and layering of the band’s sound. The poster is an 18” x 24” three color screen print on Curious Metallics White Gold 92 lb paper with a limited edition of 160. Check out our initial sketch below as well as closeup photos of the diffusion dither printing method used to achieve the various shades of color in the finished print. The Alt-J Montreal poster is now available in the DKNG Store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch

Close Up Shots

Alt-J Poster by DKNG

Dreamcatcher Art Print

Based on our Alabama Shakes Berkeley poster, Dreamcatcher is a 16” x 20” one color screen print on French Construction Night Shift Blue paper. The poster features metallic bronze ink which can be seen in the closeup photos below, as well as our initial concept sketch. Dreamcatcher is now available in the DKNG Store.


Close Up Shots

DKNG on Episode 182 of Adventures In Design

DKNG is back on the Adventures In Design Podcast this morning with a very special shop talk where we discuss everything from working with corporate clients, contracts and the future of DKNG.

Listen to the first part of the episode by clicking the player below. You can download the bonus content of the show by becoming a member of the Circle Of Trust here

New Skillshare.com Illustration Class

Our new class on Skillshare.com is now live! Illustration for Designers is an in-depth look at how we use Adobe Illustrator to create geometric illustrations. Learn practical ways to simplify complex forms, create unified compositions, and style with restraint. Then, put it all into practice with a fun creative project: sketching and illustrating an animal. This class is perfect for practiced illustrators, emerging designers, and everyone looking to improve their Adobe Illustrator skills.