Take a page from Page Three Hundred’s playbook


I love successful design. It’s why I packed my bags (and boxes) and moved in sunny central Florida to be a Gator! I’m currently halfway through my first year in the masters of fine art program in…drum roll please…graphic design. How’d you know?! Today I present to you Page Three Hundred via The Dieline. This … Continue reading

Guts & Glory: Packaging pumpkin carving kits


It got chilly this week here in central Alabama. I guess that means it’s Halloween! Halloween is up there for me in my list of favorite holidays. It always has been ever since I was little. Mom made my costumes and Dad carved the pumpkins following my drawing until I was old enough to wield … Continue reading

Half Moon Orchard Gin sails smoothly


Clear bottles seems like a no-brainer for clear liquids–and even some colored ones. Designing for clear bottles creates some unique challenges. I think Fahrenheit 212 handled the copy well. Just from this shrunken photo it appears all the type is easily read, except for maybe the bottling and distribution lines. What’s important is the copy … Continue reading

Orée du Bois brings Belgium wine to the table


Look at this label. It’s well-done branding like this that makes it hard to swallow wineries going to tap. It’s sleek and simple like many other good Belgian designs. The type and color palettes are appropriately limited. There is a single typeface using a thinner, probably book, weight and the highlights are bold and in … Continue reading

Packaging pitted against taps


Packaging purveyors are put to the test recently with the trend that eliminates the classic wine bottle. Personally I can’t imagine drinking wine on tap like beer because it has to age longer to give it a richer flavor.

Hope on a Rope cleanses body, soul


Designer Kurt Seidle of Grant Design Collaborative designed this clean, fresh piece which perfectly fits its function. 

Totally Tubular! General Mills boxes reemerge from the 80s


Just when it seems safe there’s a flashback to Flashdance. The Dieline dug up these cereal containers to show that sometimes good things never die and others are too trendy to take over. How many have actually seen, let alone played, an Atari? And yet it was all the rage until this little box called … Continue reading

Tea bags the Christmas spirit


These little tea bags have been designed to be rather genius. The cookie cutter shape protrudes from the top of the box in a nice shade of green. The neat part is that the shape of the cutout at the base of the tree. This forms a slit to hang the bag on the side … Continue reading

‘Designer’ teas make big splash


There are two reasons why UAB Asscioate Design Professor Doug Barrett now assigns students a designer to emulate. Oe reason is because the first time several people chose David Carson. The other is because so many of us chose such obscure designers we had trouble figuring out the hallmarks of another’s style. I fell into … Continue reading

Slacks Cologne


The Charles S. Anderson design firm does it again–this time with cologne. I really like the old school illustration style these guys bring to the table. It also goes without saying that I love the French paper products. They offer such a wide array of colors and most of them are quite resilient to cracking … Continue reading

Houdini hat carries creative cool


All that talk about wizards last week has me thinking about real-life magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. It’s not everyday you get to see something that cool being pulled out of a designer’s hat. The patterns on the bag look like well worn vintage lace, felt and velvet which were all common fabrics of … Continue reading

Weasley Wizarding Wheezes and Whizbangs


By now it must be obvious that I am a Harry Potter fan, and that Hermione Granger is my favorite character. However, the troublesome twins Fred and George tie for a close second. Take a look at these oddball creations from their shop for this week’s edition of Friday fun…which is appearing on Saturday. D’OH! … Continue reading

Step Right Up


Tired of the same old PB&J? Recent graphic design graduate Carly Mankowski popped some punch into peanut butter. Clearly the designer wanted people to quit clowning around with animal rights for her inspiration on this three ring circus show-stopper. Each of the three products: peanut butter, roasted peanuts and peanut oil, each have what she … Continue reading

Dig for Fire Identity Materials


Media kits aren’t quite the thing of the past, and this packaging is just the type of thing to mix the avant garde with the old guard.

POD Organic Fire Bread


Who said bread bags had to be boring?

SD Coffee Cup


Get a Monday morning jolt! I realize that I may be an endangered species by not liking coffee, but this is pretty awesome packaging. The rich brown is an excellent idea since it mimics the color of the coffee. I think it is great idea that the designer/design team used something lowbrow like cardboard for … Continue reading

Tocobaga Red Ale


I love it when you get to see the process work! Not only do you have the finished product, but you also have the methodology, too. Different designers take different approaches to the same project so understanding the thought process that drives the concept really allows for an in-depth critique. Here’s a look at recent … Continue reading

Don’t cry over Split Milk


This project was designed to generate environmentally friendly milk cartons for the Earth Fare supermarket. It was constructed from French’s Smart White series and features a revolving cow complete with the Earth Fare slogan. The three varieties are neapolitan: chocolate (left), strawberry (center), and vanilla (right). Each carton also features a statistic on calcium deficiency … Continue reading

Charles S. Anderson Design Co.


This weeks edition of Friday Fun features French Paper Co.’s star designer Charles S. Anderson.

Féerie: Van Cleef & Arpels


While I think that this bottle is a little too decorative and fragile, the piece is still successful because as a perfume bottle it is not a product that will see major wear and tear. The packaging has a very dreamlike quality in the silver paper and navy ink. It’s quite possible to imagine the … Continue reading