Thin is in

July 29, 2008

Sometimes I keep funny weird things that they think they’re throwing out at work. I was on my way to toss out a coffee maker sample when this little piece dropped out and fell on the floor. I’m not sure where it went and didn’t bother to take the time to figure it out, but kept it because it was reflective and had a short message written upon it. ‘steam only’. I like the thin type. This will go in my ‘inspiration’ box.

Part of a coffee maker

Part of a coffee maker

Time to Reorder

July 22, 2008

This reminds me…I need to upgrade my Adobe software.

I keep forgetting...

I keep forgetting...

Southern Utah

July 22, 2008

Last week my brother and some friends hiked a slot canyon down in southern Utah. One of the guys with us who works for the BLM happened to have a case of MRE’s (Meal ready to Eat) in the back of his truck. He wanted to get rid of them so we each chose a meal to our liking ( I chose the Chicken with noodles) and headed out. I’ve only had an MRE once before and it was years ago. I remember not liking it very much, but I wanted to try it again to see if anything had changed. I was thoroughly impressed at how dang fast and well it cooked my meal and at how good it was! I think I want to eat those every day now. Since they’re mainly for military, and people like forest firefighters, etc, I was a little shocked at all the packaging. Everything is individually wrapped and is a lot to pack out, but they seem to do the job. I thought I would post a few little gems I found in my MRE that I liked.

These would be perfect for backpacking.

These would be perfect for backpacking.

This nice little personal serving of toilet paper is nice and compact. I like the repeated stamped branding on the front.

For some reason I just really like this little salt packet

For some reason I just really like this little salt packet

I don’t know what it is, but I’m always drawn to packaging with simple type and plain brown paper.

Damp environment tolerant matchbook

Damp environment tolerant matchbook

Perhaps it’s the kerning or the bold black on green…I’ll keep these puppies close by should my surrounding environment turn damp.

Shadow Typography

July 22, 2008

Check this out…kind of hard to read toward the bottom (‘Gallery’), but it’s pure brilliance!

Found at hyperexperience

Lasers are all the rage

July 19, 2008

Recently, laser engraving machines from such manufacturers as Epilog, have become more and more popular on the consumer level. You’ll see people lasering graphics and artwork onto the backs of their iPods, iPhones, MacBooks and Moleskines. These machines are still pretty expensive, but a ton of fun to mess around with. I’ve been experimenting with them since 2004 and have never been the same since…ask Brittany. I need to own one! There are so many ideas I have, but lack the laser to bring them to reality. Every now and again I return to my old place of employment where I was introduced to these machines to get some work done. They’re super nice and let me use it for free still, but I have to drive 40 minutes and gas ain’t cheap, ya heard? One of my favorite materials to use was cardboard. I figured out a way to carefully laser away the top layer and reveal the flutes below. This creates an amazing look and I think it has some great potential. Here’s a sample of my signature reversed and upside-down.

Totally rad

Totally rad

The Empty Set

July 19, 2008

Packaging at it's best
Packaging at it’s best

I thought it appropriate as the first posting on this blog I include a photo of this box I have. It’s just a box, ya know, carboard and tape. I’ve never actually opened the box, because it’s contents are clearly hinted at by the big, black type on the front. Perphaps it’s trying to hide something of value. But I’ll just assume it’s being honest. If it is being completely up front with me, is it really necessary, in this case, to inform me? I am a little curious as to why it’s taped shut, if it indeed is what it says it is. This particular box came inside a larger box, I’m guessing to add protection to the larger box’s contents. Anyways, I think this is the ultimate in product design! You’ll see, these things will be flying off the shelves soon and you’ll wish you had one. This one is for sale by the way…