The Bottle's the Thing: The Branding Evolution of Soda Pop

My fascination with brand design started with the soda-pop realm. I’d always loved leafing through old magazines and usually paid more attention to the advertising in them than the articles. Because my father had a collection of Life magazines beginning …

Sustainable Posters Plug Sustainability

Glob-All Mix: 30 Posters for a Sustainable World, curated by the Brazilian designer Felipe Taborda, is a poster project designed to complement Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, that includes as delegates many presidents, ministers, and monarchs. The …

Vintage Orange Crush Soda Bottles Take a Ribbing

I grew up drinking Orange Crush and hearing my mom tell stories of how it used to come in brown bottles, supposedly to protect the flavor. But by the time I was a kid, those days were long gone, and …

Food Fights for Freedom

Most readers have not experienced rationing first hand (other than gas rationing in the late 1970s, perhaps). But during World War II virtually every essential and consumable product was strictly rationed by the government. This was to preserve valuable stores …

The Motion-Graphic Ads Of Burma-Shave: 1927-1963

In a simpler time, when automobiles went slower and the pre-Eisenhower highway system in the United States was less developed, there was a popular advertising campaign that ran from 1927 until 1963. It consisted of rhymed messages sequentially staked on …

Howdy 7Up!

I became interested in pop bottles (I grew up in the Chicago area where we all said “pop”) and related stuff when I was about 12 years old. I had gone inside an old garage that was attached to a …

For the Love of Cardboard!

I usually steer clear of trade show booth design since there are so many nit-picky rules but West Paw asked me to design their booth, and they are so cool I just couldn’t help myself. They are truly “eco” and not …

Lunch Break Video: an Anti-Globalization Animation

Animations of real life chitchat have a rich – and even an Academy Award winning – history. John and Faith Hubley received Oscars for their cell painted Moonbird, a visualization of their kids’ playful fantasies, back in 1959, and for their …

Letting Off Steam

Steam Punk is the retro fitting of retro fits. It is ironic nostalgia for the Victorian past – the complexity of old steam-run machinery. The great turbines that ran the early technologies are now mere chips. But one thing remains …