A few years ago we had the pleasure of spending a few days in Memphis for the Creative Works conference, so we were excited to be invited back for their first ever Skill Camp, to lead a two-day immersive workshop covering our entire poster design and illustration process. It was a bit daunting to plan for a longer format session, but it was a fun challenge and even more fun to see the participants’ projects come to life over the course of the two days. We were blown away by the work that came out of the workshop and are thrilled to share some of the projects that were created here on the blog. Thanks to Josh and all of our students for making this a truly unforgettable and incredibly rewarding trip!
The much anticipated followup to our original Nectarine Cobbler beer label, for Almanac’s Fruit Cobbler, a whole bunch of larger than life blueberries joined the fun, and we also added new metallic elements to the label giving it some extra shimmer. With much of our packaging work sticking to aluminum cans, it was fun to revisit one of our favorite bottle shapes for this barrel aged sour.
Recently we had the opportunity to work with the design team at Clif Bar on some illustration exploration for a few of their newest products - Fruit Smoothie Filled Bars, Energy Granola, and a refresh of their core Clif Bar packaging. While the illustrations we created didn’t make it to the final packaging, the team was gracious enough to allow us to share our work and we’re proud of the final product and getting to explore some new illustration territory. Check out the illustrations above along with our initial sketches for the project below.
Initial Concept Sketches
We don’t often dip our toes into the country music world but when we do it’s always a fun ride. This was the case for a recent set of posters we created for Eric Church’s two-night stop in Toronto, Canada as part of his Double-Down Tour. We decided to run with the gambling theme and create a set of classic casino slot machines, but with lots of Eric and Canada specific references thrown in.
Each poster is a 12” x 24” four color screen print on French Kraft-Tone Manilla Yellow 100lb cover stock. Each poster has a super limited artist edition of 50 pieces. Check out our initial sketch below along with closeup photos of the finished prints and a time-lapse video documenting our design process. You can also get a look at the “Chief” poster that was available exclusively at the show. The Eric Church Toronto posters go on sale on Tuesday, March 12, at 10am PST in the DKNG Store.
Chief Merchandise Poster
Initial Concept Sketch
Close Up Shots
We’re just one week away from AIGA San Diego’s Y24 Design Conference where we’ll be speaking on the topic of what happens when we say YES! The conference takes place March 8-9 in our hometown of San Diego and includes lots of great speakers and workshops. Last minute registration is still available while spots last! Awesome conference branding by Kristine Arth.
We’re excited to share our newest Skillshare class, an in-depth class all about creating 3D isometric illustrations in Adobe Illustrator!
Discover the world of isometric illustration, a style that allows you to achieve a unique 3D look in your designs — no math or standalone 3D rendering software required. From SimCity to HBO’s Silicon Valley, isometric illustration is everywhere. Packed with the Illustrator tips and tricks that have helped over 100,000 Skillshare students, this class will teach you how to use standard tools to create an isometric city block, from initial planning to final polish.
Step-by-step lessons will help you:
• Understand the principles of isometric illustration
• Sketch your illustration using a printed grid
• Use simple Adobe Illustrator tools to achieve the look you want
• Consider color, strokes, and style to customize your design
Once you’ve added this skill to your design toolkit, you’ll be able to apply it to any type of project, from logos and typography to posters and branding. Whether you’re looking to wow your next client or simply expand your creative repertoire, this class will unlock a new way for you to expand your creativity, push your technique, and take your designs into a new dimension.
Being asked to create an officially licensed pin for Disney is an enormous honor. We make it a goal of ours to always visit the enamel pin displays at the Disney Parks in our home state of California, and are always taken aback by the enormous body of work one company has offered to the world of pins. To be specifically asked to create a pin for Mickey Mouse is on a whole other level.
It’s a double-edged sword, re-interpreting an already iconic and perfect design. We didn’t want to steer too far away from Disney’s artistic expression but also wanted to put our own personal spin on the classic character. We pride ourselves on finding the hidden geometry in all aspects of design and illustration, and it’s clear that Mickey is built with a number of geometric shapes.
Just draw three perfect circles and most people will be able to see the vague resemblance of Mickey's head and ears. We took this notion and applied it to our process. Our goal was to celebrate what makes Mickey classic, using a recognizable pose and color scheme, while celebrating the geometry and line work that would otherwise be hidden. We hope we did Mickey justice. It’s the least we could do for such a handsome nonagenarian on his birthday.
Our Mickey Mouse enamel pin will be available tomorrow, February 8 at 12pm Central, exclusively at MondoTees.com