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03 Feb 18:28

Hark, A Vagrant: Joan of Arc




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Hello! It's been a while.

If you're a fan of Joan of Arc (and I mean, who isn't? Who has ever been like her before or since?) you should definitely look up the 1928 movie, The Passion of Joan of Arc. Maria Falconetti as Joan gives what is widely regarded as one of the best performances on film, ever - though certainly at a cost. Mesmerizing.

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01 Feb 20:28

The Case of the Traveling Taco

by Reza

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29 Jan 20:30

Money Trees

by Reza

money-trees

25 Jan 19:52

Guided

by Reza

guided

19 Jan 11:44

Reviewed: New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual

by Armin

May the Fort be with you

New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual

Established in 2014, Fort Point Beer is a craft brewery in San Francisco, CA. Brewing four core beers, Fort Point also offers seasonals and one-offs that were, until now, only available in bars and restaurants. To broaden their reach and bring their beers to the public, the brewer has launched a line of 12 oz cans and a new identity designed by local firm Manual.

The brewery is situated in a historic Presidio building that was formerly used as an Army motor pool. Their iconic location--close to both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Fort Point National Historic Site--provided inspiration for Manual to create the modular, illustrative brand identity that went beyond just a logo, and leveraged recognizable architectural elements of the bridge and the historic site-- arches and trestles--as its backbone.

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New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Full logo and wordmark detail.

On its own, the logo is literally only a small part of the puzzle, serving as the anchor upon which all the rest of the elements are built on. As such, it handles its weight just fine through a chunky serif that contrasts nicely against the thin lines in the arch graphic that surrounds it. As one of the few typographic elements in the packaging, the logo stands out quite well and complements the line-art approach.

New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
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[We] developed the grid-based graphic system into a flexible, modular and scalable set of designs that incorporate playful illustrations of San Francisco culture and charm. Sutro Tower, the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park, and a camper van for the Westfalia beer variety, champion the spirit of San Francisco. Elements of the city and Bay Area create a unique and authentic sense of place, while helping establish Fort Point Beer Co. as the new wave of San Francisco-based brewing.

The distinct color palettes and bold lines of the designs were carefully considered and intentional. We selected color combinations that would be a deliberate departure from more typical beer packaging, with the intention of cutting through clutter on a shelf or aisle. The result is a set of designs that look elegant, refined and still playful. A visual system that's matching in quality with the beer it contains.

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New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Cans.
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
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New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
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Dense with illustrations, the cans are absolutely stunning. The muted color palette printed on the metal substrate creates a lovely-looking set of beers. I like how the bottom half of the illustrations is consistent while the top half changes to include different designs, creating a literal landscape of San Francisco.

New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Cartons.
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Cases.
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Growlers.
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Livery.
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Can installation at retail store.
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Fort Point Beer by Manual
Tap handles.

Everything else about the packaging system is, effectively, on point. The cartons, the cases, the tap handles… just perfect. The work certainly feels like it belongs in, and is playing within, the genre of hip craft breweries with minimal and sharp-looking graphics but it's so well executed and expanded across applications that it stands out as best in class.

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11 Jan 21:10

Seen Stuff

by Reza

seen_stuff

11 Jan 05:00

Magnus

In the latest round, 9-year-old Muhammad Ali beat 10-year-old JFK at air hockey, while Secretariat lost the hot-dog-eating crown to 12-year-old Ken Jennings. Meanwhile, in a huge upset, 11-year-old Martha Stewart knocked out the adult Ronda Rousey.
08 Jan 21:00

Being Human

by Reza

being-human

06 Jan 21:14

Told Me

by Reza

told-me

04 Jan 05:00

Substitutions 2

Within a few minutes, our roads will be full of uncontrollably-swerving cars and our skies full of Amazon delivery dogs.
20 Dec 15:14

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Thank you for the sex

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: PS: Make America Great Again


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23 Dec 16:02

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Other Riddles of the Sphinx

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: With apologies to anyone of good taste.


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24 Dec 17:39

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Car Seat

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: The really hard thing is to click the latch into place while the fabric of spacetime is being destroyed.


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30 Dec 05:00

2016 Conversation Guide

The real loser in an argument about the meaning of the word 'hoverboard' is anyone who leaves that argument on foot.
29 Dec 20:52

Deadspin's Favorite Vines Of 2015

by Deadspin Staff

The Deadspin staff picked their favorite Vines from 2015, and you won’t be surprised to learn that many of them include maniacal dogs. Please enjoy.

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29 Dec 02:45

Lemmy Fucking Ruled

by Tim Marchman

I don’t have anything all that insightful to say about Lemmy, who died tonight, or about Motörhead, the band he lorded over and which lorded over rock and roll longer than I’ve been alive, but they were god damn madmen and you should have loved them if you didn’t.

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28 Dec 20:43

Small Cat and the Asteroid

by Reza

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23 Dec 15:55

No Offense

by Jia Tolentino on Jezebel, shared by Puja Patel to The Concourse

It’s strange to edit a feminist website when almost nothing offends you, because the feminist website is traditionally imagined to run on offense.

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21 Dec 21:29

The 2015 Deadspin Bear Of The Year

by Tom Ley

Deadspin is pleased to announce our 2015 Bear of the Year. After a great deal of consideration and deliberation, we arrived at a clear choice: Extra-Cool Polar Bear Who Discovered Many Ways To Enjoy His Items.

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18 Dec 20:23

Clouds

by Reza

clouds

18 Dec 05:00

Cold Medicine

Seriously considering buying some illegal drugs to try to turn them back into cold medicine.
11 Dec 16:29

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Why has no one invented this?!

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: 10 internet points to the first person who does this.


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10 Dec 12:25

Noted: New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson

by Armin

Simmering in Goodness

New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson

(Est. 1905) Progresso, a brand of General Mills, is an American food company that produces canned soups, canned beans, broths, chili, and other food products. This post relates specifically to their new line of cooking stocks.

Design by: Hornall Anderson (Seattle, WA)

Opinion/Notes: Beside being well designed at first glance (and second inspection) what's most remarkable about this new range of stocks is that it is able to elevate the same brand that sells soup in sometimes garish packaged cans. Look at how the logo is treated on the first image below — festooned with colors, gradients, and nearly a cornucopia — and then how it is on the new stocks. Two flat colors and that's it. Instead of the never-appetizing photos of the product, there are classic engraved illustrations of the source of the stock, reproduced color-on-color against Progresso's light blue. The typography on the packaging is quite nice and well nuanced in its shadows or when it's set on a curve and the distractions are kept to a minimum. Overall, this captures that elusive artisanal aesthetic without trying as hard as others (or even itself) and, for a mainstream product as large as Progresso, it raises the standards of what gets put on so many shelves.

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Select Quote: In order to communicate the higher quality of product inside the package, the design needed to appeal to cooks' creative aspirations as well as demonstrate clear superiority over the competition. By understanding that premium brands create trends rather than follow them, the result was a solution that radically broke category conventions—building on years of heritage to create a fresh, new perspective.

Using lively, classic illustrations, modern typography, and a fresh color palette, we emphasized craftsmanship and love of the ingredients inside. The side of the packaging touches on Progresso's heritage and love for food, and gives suggestions to inspire our cooks to create their next perfect dish.

New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson
As reference: what other Progresso products look like. These remain unchanged.
New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson
New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson
New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson
New Packaging for Progresso Cooking Stocks by Hornall Anderson
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07 Dec 20:57

Rainy Night

by Reza

rainy_night

26 Nov 02:45

An Eight-Year-Old Wrote The Cutest Letter Telling The Hawks Coach How To Stop LeBron

by Ben Kercheval

The NBA claims it has the best fans in sports. It definitely has the most adorable ones. Thanks to a letter found on imgur, we now know the secret to beating the Cleveland Cavaliers. The holder of this secret is an eight-year-old boy and Atlanta Hawks fan, Eli. The letter in the picture above reads as follows:

Dear Coach Bud,

My name is Eli. I’m 8 and I love the Hawks. I checked out “Kings of the Court: The Cleveland Cavaliers” from my school library. The book says LeBronJames.com has LeBron’s strengths and weaknesses. I wanted you to know this. I hope the weaknesses help you beat the Cavs. Go Hawks!

That. Is. The. Cutest.

No doubt, this letter was created in light of Cleveland’s 109-97 win over the Hawks last month. Clearly, the Hawks need to do a better job of exploiting LeBron’s weaknesses. The good news is the Hawks have time, as they don’t meet the Cavaliers again until April 1. The two teams then meet 11 days later just before the end of the regular season.

But to be fair, lebronjames.com does not actually provide LeBron’s weaknesses.

So, take note, Mike Budenholzer. The road to the NBA Finals will likely go through Cleveland. If you’re going to make it to the NBA Finals, you’ll need to take Eli up on his advice. I hear his hourly rate is affordable.

(Via imgur)

29 Sep 14:24

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Designer Babies

by admin@smbc-comics.com
Krankota

OMFG

Hovertext: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!


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30 Nov 15:34

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Magic Was Inside You!

by admin@smbc-comics.com

Hovertext: If anyone makes fun of your necklace, you just tell them PH'NGLUI MGLW'NAFH CTHULHU R'LYEH WGAH'NAGL FHTAGN


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30 Nov 05:00

Fire Ants

Here in the entomology department, we have a simple two-step formula for answering any question: (1) ants are cool, and (2) we forgot the question because we were thinking about ants.
25 Nov 22:35

Hark, A Vagrant: Gorey Covers Part 6




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Did you miss Gorey Cover Comics? They are a favourite I know! But there are only so many Goreys to go around. You'll be seeing more here before year's end! And if you are unfamiliar with the man himself, you won't be disappointed by looking into his work. But I feel like everyone knows his work anyway, that's like saying, "if you like living, try breathing."

Hey thanks to my sister Laureen who has been writing some of these Goreys with me! We are blood, we honour the sacred family compact of writing dumb jokes.

I update the store here about once a year, so it is a big deal!

So here is the link for the store, please look around at your leisure! There is lots there, even aside from what is new. And there is lots on Topatoco from many of your favorite creators as well!

20 Nov 20:24

To Hell

by Reza

to-hell