Tis the season for gifting.

I’m not a big “stuff” person. I mean, I like looking at cool stuff but not owning, buying it. I like getting it for others, but even then I feel like a lot of my friends/family have the same position on “stuff” I do. As the news would tell me, myself and my friends are clearly in the minority. Holiday shopping is up up up! This could quickly digress into a soapbox-ish type rant about how I hate shopping and whatever… which is actually not my intent. Despite not being a shopper, I have seen some pretty cool gift ideas out there that I thought were worth sharing. So if you have gifting to do maybe this gives you some ideas.

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Chicago Creative Mornings with Simple Scott

Just got back from yet another killer talk from creative mornings. Although I find it difficult to be that “up” that early in the morning two cups of joe and some inspiring design talk was a lovely way to wake up.

If you are in one of the cities with a creative morning (or if you’re not you should could start one!) I highly recommend trying to attend a session. It’s a great way to meet new people or meet people you may only know by interweb handle.

The best part is all the talks get posted online so even if you can’t be there in person, you can still benefit from the inspiring talks and discussions.

Watch Chicago Creative Mornings here:
http://vimeo.com/chicagocm 

And this week’s sponsors were amazing:
Chicago Portfolio School
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LaCroix… I’m talkin’ to you

Obsessed? Me? maybe a little. As I have posted about before, I’ve been designing an ongoing love letter to La Croix water, sketching ideas and thoughts for how they could update their packaging and overal brand to better reflect their awesome product. Today I saw this redesign for cocolino and thought about them again. A smart design using a lot of the naked can color in a smart way to represent “natural.”

You can check out the full post about cocolino here on the Dieline. And of course incase you don’t want to dig through the like ten blog posts I have here, here’s a quick link to my La Croix personal project.

 

Please Post Bills

Please Post Bills: A art tribute to a comedic legend.

This is an amazing collection of unique pieces and screen prints all in tribute to Bill Murray. Here is a few I found interesting. But definitely go check out the whole collection – or if you are in California – go see it in person at the 1988 gallery.

Burger king goes for more global consistency

King of Brand Consistency

So maybe I am a little slow on this one, but I ran across this fellow David Iglesia’s book and was really impressed with the BK work. Having worked with a few global brands with extremely diverse businesses across the globe I wonder how difficult this engagement must have been. Especially given the franchise model of Burger King I can’t imagine it was an easy feat to roll out. Despite how complex it probably was, the result is a really nice system of elements and some really fun illustrations that communicate a lot with very little words.

via David Iglesias