This is a mostly-good Muppets opinion.
This is true. Huh!
Adam Sandler, believe it or not, used to be funny. Maybe that’s because we were thirteen when we first heard They’re All Gonna Laugh At You and it seemed much funnier at the time than it probably would today, but Sandler’s work on SNL and in his first few movies still holds up decently. But consider us surprised when the song he performed as tribute to a retiring David Letterman was clever enough to go alongside “Red Hooded Sweatshirt” and “The Thanksgiving Song.”
This is super-weird and I kinda like it!
First concocted as a mix of bourbon with fruits and spices in 1874 in New Orleans by bartender M.W. Heron, Southern Comfort is a fruit, spice, and whiskey flavored liqueur owned by Brown-Forman and is available in 100 countries. Southern Comfort has a rich history and I wouldn't normally encourage reading through a product's history page but this one is rather entertaining. Although on the sweet, syrupy side and popular in cocktails, Southern Comfort packs an alcohol punch that can be deceiving. Earlier this year, Southern Comfort introduced a new Caramel version to complement its other mixes like Lime and Black Cherry and introduced a new logo and packaging designed by Austin, TX-based Helms Workshop.
"We dug in and internalized the history and personality of the brand,in order to craft something authentic and meaningful for modern-day drinkers", said designer and owner of Helms Workshop, Christian Helms. "From sifting through the vaults at Brown-Forman and breathing life back into heritage elements, to crafting a new bottle and brand language, the goal was to highlight what makes Southern Comfort unique. The result is a new package that feels confident and comfortable in its own skin, and looks great on the shelf."
Not being familiar with Southern Comfort, my first impression was that the redesign was too friendly, as I thought — just from looking at the previous design — that it was straight-up whiskey or bourbon. After going through the site, reading the press release (a sample quoted below), and some extra Google-ing it's clear that Southern Comfort has a good sense of humor and is trying to make whiskey-drinking a more relaxed, happy, peppy experience.
With that in mind, moving away from the more Memphis-esque and Southern-esque typography and dingbat styling of the previous logo and into a simpler sans serif with more streamlined supporting elements makes the whole personality come together in a more cohesive way. The typography is great and the subtle curve on "SOUTHERN" provides a nice visual bridge between old and new logos/labels, although I do like the single line application better (in general, not as a lock-up that should go on a bottle). The star-slash-banner doodad is quite great.
Did you notice that the bottle looks different? Well it is. In fact, ALL of the Southern Comfort bottles are different! Check out the new bottle and packaging design. The awesomeness inside the bottle hasn't changed, but we thought it could use an upgraded wardrobe on the outside. You may notice our new look as you stroll down the grocery and liquor store aisle. Go ahead — pick one up. Pretty cool, huh? It's the perfect combination of sweet, smooth and delicious. Swoolicious? Probably not a real word but we honestly don't care; we just know it's a darn good beverage to enjoy with friends.
One of the most significant new features to the new package is a unique icon on the neck and label proudly owning Southern Comfort's position as a category of one. The new bottle shape draws from the brand's heritage and wears the same fluted shoulders that drinkers recognize from years past.
The new bottle design has a lot more personality, it's like it hit the gym and got broad shoulders. Along with the bulbous neck it makes for a more interesting silhouette. The labeling on the bottle is the same approach with two separate labels and although I like the new typography better there is something that made the previous version work better. The curved top of the new (top) label feels like it clashes with the bottle but, still, the overall vibe achieved is much more on point. The new neck label is probably the best new trait of the bottle.
The new Caramel bottle is extra fun, with the lovely and chunky typography printed directly on the bottle and the word all broken up. It's unexpected and irreverent — just like the thought of a caramel-flavored liqueur. The bottom label with another alternate Southern Comfort logo is quite nice as well. The Lime and Cherry versions are equally cool. They definitely feel like something you bring to a party.
There are bonus prototypes of extra fun things like t-shirts and bandanas that all extend the visual language of the brand and play up the different tag lines of the product — "Category of One" and "None Genuine but Mine" — and introduce a small range of supporting typefaces that add to the good vibes. Overall, a strong evolution that separates Southern Comfort from all the whiskey-looking whiskey brands and mixes a bunch of new visual ingredients that set it in its own category indeed.
Some of these are delightful!
One of the best parts of being a dad in public is the generalized expectation that you are basically a greased-up Kevin James playing banana-cream-pie Jenga with the Queen Mum. Remember those early solo outings with your baby and the generously low bar that you were held to? Doors held open, the fawning looks from the delighted people in your fancy grocery store as you—a MAN, for Chrissakes, nobly taking time out of his busy man-schedule to “give Mom a break”—strode through the produce aisle, your baby slung from your torso in an Ergo made of gilded copies of the Equal Rights Amendment? The rest of society loved you for the simple act of showing up, and the experience validated everything you’ve ever wanted to believe about yourself as a father, which is that you are a shining beacon of gender-role progressivism for not abandoning your child in the beer fridge.
There are many good reasons for grilling whole fish. The skin and bones keep the flesh moist and flavorful; the skin itself, when cooked well, is life-changingly delicious; whole fish stands up better to grilling heat than a fillet or fish steak will; whole fish usually costs less by weight than the portioned stuff; it’s fresh and fun and makes for a spectacular presentation; it’s profoundly satisfying both as a thing to eat and as a thing to do. And so on.
Dude. I still really want to see this. I understand this will be a solo venture.
1. I quit smoking more than four years ago, but nothing—not a night full of drinks, not a table full of smokers, not a gasoline IV—has made me want a cigarette more than Mad Max: Fury Road did. You leave the theater still shaking, everything still pumping and throbbing, a treadmill stopping on a dime and sending you careening through the back wall. The movie roars to life, commences a dead sprint into hell, and never stops. Some reviews claim it’s almost too unrelenting, that it’s too exhausting, that it’s somehow overwhelming. I suppose, for some delicate souls, this may be true, but I’m not sure why those people go to the movies at all. We’re all chasing an experience, zombies in search of escapist narcotics, and I don’t remember the last time a movie so fully delivered An Experience. What it does, it does absolutely perfectly. To complain that it does it too much is churlish and spoiled. This sort of thing doesn’t happen often. Inhale it in massive gulps while you can.
Shared for the funny thing at the end and the SUPER KICK ASS Ben Franklin
(Est. 1946) "The Philadelphia 76ers (also commonly known as the Sixers) are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA, and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league's first decade." (Wikipedia)
Design by: N/A
Opinion/Notes: Yay… I guess? The "76ers" wordmark is one of the best in the NBA and it was a pleasure to see it make a comeback in 2009. Double the pleasure this time around simply for the fact that the typography didn't change or got swapped by some crappy spiked type. The biggest change is the rotation of the ball, where the middle seam of the ball used to land in the middle and now it's off to the top right. It's a good move as it frees up the wordmark but — BUT — if they went through the trouble of rotating the basketball why would they not take care of a small detail like the end of the middle seam of the ball right under the "s". It creates a very distracting ink blob in that area. Wait until they have to embroider that. The Philadelphia type and stars around it are passable (although that "ILA" kerning…) and much better than the old lock-up. Perhaps the biggest story here is that the Dribbling Ben/Running Ben/Ballin' Ben logo leaked (and denied) last year is now official! It's the perfect example of "It's so bad, it's good".
Related Links: 76ers press release
Select Quote: The team's new primary logo is a modern interpretation of the classic Sixers insignia, stylistically redeveloped to include a patriotic blue border with six white stars and "PHILADELPHIA" adorned across the heading. The familiar white basketball has been visually updated with a positional rotation of the seams. The emblematic ring of 13 stars present in the primary, partial and secondary logos continues to represent the original American Colonies.
Cheesy-ass company name but I adore the hand-painted type and applications.
Established in 2005 in the founder's bedroom, Awesome Merchandise — now just Awesome — makes all kinds of custom merchandise, from t-shirts to custom-die stickers to banners to mugs to drumsticks and more. Basically, they make swag, all in-house at a 3,300-square-foot facility in Leeds, UK, with a staff of nearly 30 people. Recently they introduced a new identity designed by neighboring Robot Food.
Robot Food was tasked with reinventing the brand. It had to have exceptional standout, position them as masters of merch, and encapsulate the people and ethos that make Awesome, awesome. Robot Food's approach combined new school graphics with hand-made typography. Junior designer, Chris Shuttleworth, painted the typeface in ink, and the creative team created a suite of logos in CMYK in a nod to the print trade colour model. The aesthetic is rooted in alternative music culture, like Awesome themselves, and articulates the company's strong craft credentials.
The previous logo had an interesting type choice and the exclamation point in the "O" could be considered clever but, overall, it was forgettable. The new logo has a punk-hipster vibe that looks rather cool. The pointy "A" stands out and in the minimal application with the stroke looks almost sophisticated. In contrast to yesterday's Philadelphia 76ers post here you can see the proper way to set and letter-space type on a circle. Insert golf clap here.
Edgy yet professional, the striking identity translates seamlessly across all brand touch-points, including their fully responsive website, branded clothing range and custom mailer boxes. Robot Food also consulted on the design of the factory showroom. This distinctly comprehensive brand identity expresses the sheer passion, ambition and craft that makes Awesome Merchandise so uniquely exciting and progressive.
There is a second element to the identity with which things start to get rad. The "We are awesome" lettering functions as a bolder logo and statement that, repeated often enough, leaves no doubt about whether Awesome is awesome or not. (Hint: it is). This is not groundbreaking branding, it's just fun as heck. When the two logos combine, they make for a great couple.
A client that makes swag is the ultimate client to create applications for an identity and all the pictures above are clear evidence of such excellent synergy. There is no deep-level strategy or highly conceptual approach to the applications other than making things that makes other people want to make things like those things and that's not a bad thing. It's an awesome thing.
Might be an interesting thing to have around.
I like to eat. Most of you do, too, I’m fairly sure, because I’ve seen you all doing it out at restaurants and in front of, behind, or under food trucks, and I daresay you looked quite pleased with yourselves. But due to the finite geometry of intestines and other guts, as well as the unwelcome but omnipresent consideration of “not running out of money,” it is unwise for most of us to spend an inordinate amount of time dining out or ordering in.
Hovertext: And they say there's no use for a liberal arts degree!
Oh, that? That's just ALL OF STARPOCALYPSE FOR FREE!
That's totally awesome!
According to KilledByPolice.net, Freddie Gray was the 348th person killed by police in the U.S. since the start of 2015, an average of more than three people per day. Between the ubiquity of camera phones and the nation’s propensity to whip them out and record anything of note, a lot more of those deaths are being caught on tape.
It’s not just shootings, either. An entire movement has sprung up around citizens recording the police during stops. Until the slow spread of body cameras for officers is complete, this seems like the best way to make sure there’s an unbiased video account of confrontations involving the law. Even though it’s completely legal to record the police, you may be surprised to know that some cops may not respect your right to film them. Tons of people have had their phones confiscated or smashed, or their footage deleted.
In what may become the next flashpoint example of police brutality, New Jersey cops did nothing while their K9 dog mauled 32-year-old Phillip White, who died in police custody shortly after. The incident was caught on film, along with one of the officers telling the witness, “I need your information, and I’m going to need to take your phone.”
Who knows what would’ve happened to this footage if the bystander complied with the cop’s request? Because incidents like this are common, the ACLU of California has created an app called Mobile Justice CA that automatically uploads the footage you take to a local ACLU affiliate. Not only does that make sure the video you take doesn’t get deleted or destroyed, it also notifies others using the app nearby that a police stoppage is underway.
Other slick bells and whistles, like the ability to keep filming while the phone’s lock screen is activated, shows that the ACLU put some time into this. It’s available for iPhone and Android, and it’s free. Who knows? It could end up saving you or someone you film from ending up in jail on trumped charges.
Hovertext: Imagine your computer comprehends what you watched last night.
In case you missed it, Starpocalypse is now free!
Oh man. The three-minute tangent about the dog. Worth watching.
The Tonight Show handed out a second round of NHL Playoff superlatives on Wednesday night, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. There were, per usual, some perfect and hilarious ones — like this one given to Anaheim Ducks’ left wing Max Friberg.
I have no idea what “whoopsy poopsy” means, but I could absolutely see Friberg saying this.
My next favorite went to Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards, whose roster picture does have a creeper-like feel to it, as the superlative accurately suggests.
And finally, the Washington Capitals’ John Erskine was given “Most Likely To Be Woken Up Every Morning By His Dog And Say, ‘Really, Carl?'”
Jimmy Fallon and his sidekick Steve Higgins go on a hilarious, three-minute tangent describing Erskine sleeping on a circular water bed with a four-inch Italian duvet cover and doggie steps for his three legged terrier. Keep these coming, Jimmy Fallon.
Huh! I'm intrigued.
Maggie’s two biggest selling points are things I wasn’t sure I ever needed to see again in a movie: a post-apocalyptic setting and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I like the idea of both of them, but after repeated exposure over the years, I confess to feeling fatigued at the notion of sitting through either anymore. But what makes this idiosyncratic zombie movie so surprisingly good is how it tweaks both cinematic staples, letting us see them in a different light. It may be the first Schwarzenegger movie to make you cry.
Hovertext: Twist ending: The kid's eyes are pure white because he's a monster too! Spooooooky!
“Remember win you fell Bad the first thing you do is POOP!”
"Dont send this to enybody. This is yours".
"remember win you fell Bad the first thing you do is POOP!"
Haha! These are super neat!
There are a number of ways to get through the painful time of year that is the NFL offseason. Apparently one of those ways is making sick Marvel-inspired NFL helmets.
As I picked through them individually, there are some seriously awesome ones. My personal favorite is the remake of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ helmet, which in a Marvel world would be the Pittsburgh Hydra.
I love how the tentacles incorporate some red and blue into the logo, for some weird reason, and the Hydra having a skull-like head is really cool. The New York Giants remake, the New York Dr. Strange, is clean.
There are also pretty some bad ones — no offense to the creator of these. For starters, the Cleveland Browns are converted to the Cleveland Things, which is kind of perfect because if you’re quarterback who goes to Cleveland, your career is smashed into a million tiny pieces, the same way a Thing pulverizes his enemies.
The Washington Redskins are recreated as the Washington Groots which is also hilarious because in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy released in 2014, he could only communicate by saying “I am Groot!” over and over, which causes some serious confusion. Given the dysfunction within the Redskins, something about this just works.
We salute you, creator of these Marvel NFL helmets, for making these sweet lids.
(Source: Imgur via JD Campbell)
This is excellent.
This isn’t about sustainability or going off-grid or striking back at The Man. This is about wanting a goddamn BLT and knowing, just knowing, that every tomato at the grocery store, no matter how shiny and heavy and beautifully red, is going to be a mealy, watery, flavorless piece of crap.
This is neat! I want to get Wes and Rick to drink this beer so I can see the branding often.
(Est. 2014) "Seeing how finding the right craft beer has become an overly complicated endeavor, the brewers at Port Brewing Co. and The Lost Abbey decided to launch a new brand wholly dedicated to hop-forward beers. Dubbed The Hop Concept, they planned to launch with the Hop Freshener Series, a limited-run of IPAs focused on aroma and flavor, so you know exactly what you're getting."
Design by: Experiences for Mankind (San Diego, CA)
Opinion/Notes: If you enjoy drawings of hops this project is for you. The logo has a minimal hop drawing with a superhero-ish "H" inside and is paired with a chunky sans serif inside an oval. Nothing too special but nice enough and it works better with the type in a circle than cutting across the hop. The fun part of the project is the weird idea of pairing beer with the popular tree-shaped car fresheners for the overall brand name, the specific names of the beers — Dank & Sticky, Citrus & Piney, Lemon & Grassy, and Tropical & Juicy — and the label graphics. It makes for an odd yet memorable combination that looks surprisingly cool on the bottles and cartons.
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Dude. Like it's obviously not the story when it comes to what's going on in Baltimore, but holy shit that's weird.
There will be baseball in Baltimore tomorrow, but in an effort to negate the risk to public safety due to ongoing unrest in the city, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Camden Yards will be closed to the general public, and Oriole Park’s 45,000 seats will be vacant at 2:05 p.m. as the White Sox take on the Orioles in the only one of the three scheduled games in this series that will be played at this time. To make up for last night and tonight’s cancellations, a single admission double-header has been scheduled for Thursday, May 28.
The Orioles were scheduled to welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Baltimore for a weekend series on Friday, but in light of the circumstances, that series has been moved to Tampa, where the Orioles will serve as the technical home team and recieve the gate.
As of right now, there is no word on if and how the Orioles will be compensated by the league for tomorrow’s lost revenue or the difference between what they will make in Tampa on short notice vs. what they could have expected to make in Baltimore, but baseball matters obviously aren’t foremost on the minds of the Orioles right now.
http://www.movingbrands.com/work/reframing-the-hillary-brand-debate is the whole article.
Man. THis is SO much better.
a) Hahaha! So fat!
b) Second comment: American Hero Cat Defies the Greatest Generation -- that is seriously high quality.