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LUST: An Exercise in Non-Branding

— Scroll to see more images.   WHAT WAS MORE interesting to us than the fact that it’s a marijuana package is the idea of how you can deal with branding strategies in different ways, breaking loose from the swollen language brand managers use. Marketing concepts eliminate anything that differs from the values they...

Base: The Joys of (Re)Appropriation

—   BECAUSE MARIJUANA is illegal, smokers currently tend to appropriate the packaging of readily available, mass-produced products: Altoids tins, film canisters, hollowed-out pens. As these packages have been co-opted by marijuana smokers, we thought, “Why should we impose a new package?” There’s a whole ritual and tactile experience that goes with smoking, and...

The Heads of State: True to the Street

—   OUR DIRECTION is essentially about preserving the spirit of buying pot illegally. The rituals and customs of scoring a bag of weed are so ingrained in pop culture that to ignore them simply because marijuana is legal seems to do a disservice to decades-old pot culture. The brand is built around a...

Strømme Throndsen Design: The Mass-Market Approach

— Scroll to see more images   WHEN WE WERE thinking about building packages, our thoughts went back to the old days, when smoking cigarettes was popular in the upper classes and ladies carried cigarette cases. These days, everyone uses cases for products such as iPods, cell phones, and so forth. In this sense,...

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Wildfire and Frezno

One in ten Americans lives in California, but nearly everyone everywhere equates it with big dreams, infinite possibility, and endless promise. And catastrophe: earthquakes, fires, human lives lost or mislaid. Two recent volumes of photography explore these twin takes on the Golden State, and Wildfire, Sasha Bezzubov’s collection of images taken in the aftermath...

Introduction to the 2009 New Visual Artists

It may not be obvious at first glance, but these letters are portraits of the 20 young designers under age 30 who are profiled here. As soon as we realized that the name of our annual feature—“New Visual Artists 2009”—contains exactly 20 letters, we asked each winner to pick a typeface that represented him...

European Illustrators 2008

  European illustration is enjoying a moment across the continent. It’s flowering in galleries and on brick walls, twining vine-like over billboards and objets d’art, and sprouting madly like kudzu across newspapers, comics, and publications of every stripe. Artists are making work that builds on the rich, disparate traditions of the past century, from...

Ventura

Bright eyed and balletic, Dino dos Santo’s Ventura (a TDC2008 winner) has been sculpted by a couple of cultures and centuries. When the Portugal-based, self-taught type designer Dos Santo undertook what would be his 12th typeface, he “felt the need to open people’s eyes to … amazing calligraphers, and Portuguese calligraphy in general.” Ventura...