For Design Appreciation

 

       Hi there! Today's Design Appreciation is all about the beautiful packaging of Simply Gum! 

       This gum is the perfect example of clean, modern design. To start, the simple white background set against a contrasting black font and the photo of ginger keeps the focus on the natural flavor you are getting. 

       I also love the square box shape. It sets the gum apart from the usual rectangle packaging of almost any other brand of gum.  

      Lastly, the ingredients and nutrition factors on the backside of the packaging are fairly innovative. The ingredients being so few makes for a fun design challenge. How do you fill space with little to say? Well they do it in the very cool way of having small blocks of the 6 ingredients photographed and presented in a neat line, while listing them below. This way, you can literally see what you are getting, which is so rare nowadays! All that's left is a small nutrition box, and you've got "simply gum". One last cool feature I didn't think to photograph was the gum wrappers they include seperately inside to deposit your used gum in before tossing! So genius! 

      Thanks for reading, and enjoy this snowy (at least here in the Midwest!) Sunday!  

For Art Appreciation

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     Hi there! This mornings art appreciation piece is a print Kristen made a while back. It's one of my favorites, mostly because it features a buffalo (one of my favorite animals) and blush pink tones, which as you all know, is one of my favorite colors.

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      It's a graphic design piece, made on the computer as opposed to being drawn out. I love the graphic shapes that process created, with the color blocking of the mountains and the buffalo. It gives the subjects a nice texture.  Thanks for reading! What do you think of the print?? Have a great Sunday! 

For Art Appreciation

 

     Hi there! Today's art appreciation centers on this cool drawing by Kristen! She went to Truman State for graphic design, and would always give us the leftovers from school projects, which is how we got this print. 

       I love a good charcoal drawing, and Kristen nailed the perspective on this city street! 

    We have a lot of these little drawings around the house, and as an art junkie, that makes me very happy. Have a great Sunday everyone! 

For Art Appreciation

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     Hello! For today's art appreciation, we have a card from Mary Meyer. If you haven't noticed, I buy pretty cards and then don't use them for their intended purpose. I'll typically hang them up as a print, because they're too pretty not to!  

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      Kristen actually picked this up for me in New York when she visited. She and I have really similar tastes in design, so she always gets me stuff that I love. 

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    Another cute logo! Sometimes people don't realize how important their logo is to what their brand is trying to say, but designers and illustrators obsess over it. I hand lettered mine and it fits with my brand because it's my own personal handwriting. Aesthetic is a big factor in having a brand identity, and a simple one, like Mary Meyer's, is always a good choice. Thanks for reading, and have a great Monday off tomorrow!!

For Art Appreciation

 
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Hi there! Today's Art Appreciation focuses on this post card made by Hammerpress, which is based out of KC. Last weekend, Bailey and I visited St. Louis with my best friend Cat, who is a local from the suburbs around the city. We shopped at the Galleria, which I've loved since I was a kid (I've always had a thing for shopping), and stopped in the West Elm home decor store. They had a small selection of cards from Hammerpress and a couple of other Missouri-based studios. 

I selected this post card, mostly because I've been following Hammerpress for the last year or so, and try and pick up something of theirs any time I can. I also liked the post card backing on this, and the ornately designed "place stamp here" box. Their designs are hand pressed, and most people don't realize the work that goes into creating hand pressed and letter pressed designs. You have to hand carve stamps, and often times use original machines and equipment made specifically for these small, detailed works. That's pretty rare nowadays, in our digitally manufactured world. 

While I probably won't ever actually mail this, I like having the option to if I want. Who knows, maybe on our next excursion, I'll bring it along and surprise my family with a post card in the mail. Now that I think about that, I realize it's an excellent idea, so mom and dad, be on the lookout for a random post card here or there! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your Sunday!