faucethead creative // beautiful brews

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With over fifty craft breweries in my current state of Minnesota, there’s no shaking the fact that beer has a following around here. Everyone seems to have their seasonal pick, their favorite brewpub, the best accompanying bar snack and, if they’re lucky, a stash of growlers (or even kegs) at the ready. Though I’m not a beer fan myself, it’s inescapable up here and the design community has noticed and answered. Beer cans, bottles, taps and packaging have really upped their game aesthetically. Of course, this trend isn’t only found in the Midwest. Beer lovers across the nation are outdoing one another in taste, experience and design. A handful of faucethead favorites are below. Enjoy these while I mix up a few of these for myself.

faucethead creative // beautiful brews

keep it simple // Equator Design’s Pale Ale
You can’t go wrong with simple colors and clean lines.

use the background // Doctor’s Orders Plasma (White IPA)
Save a tree and print directly on the bottles. Genius!

geometric shapes // Evil Twin Brewing’s Ashtray Heart Smoked Imperial Stout
Because a curvy heart just isn’t cool enough.

draw it out // Hummm n’ Hammer Hefeweizen
With a bottle that shape, how could you not have a fun illustration included on the label?

all in the details // St. Stefanus Blonde
Personalizing bottles with dates and signatures is awesome.

have fun // Olympia Bigfoot
Taking the Yeti motif to the limit.

play it up // Boddingtons Draught Bitter
Including all types of B’s.

Images collected via Pinterest. View the originals here.

Mission: find a hidden botanical oasis

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The Heron Head Neighborhood in West San Francisco is a bit rough around the edges but it holds a few gems for the those looking for something different. I set out to find a few unique botanical shops and was quite pleasantly surprised.

Living Green Design // Flora Grub

By: Chris Hoffman

faucethead creative // the magnificent mr. anderson

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From Bottle Rocket to The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson has made a name for himself as a highly stylized filmmaker. His work is popular yet divisive: I’m sure you know someone who hates his movies. Frequently they get tagged with words like “offbeat,” “eccentric” and, that perennial favorite, “quirky.” In truth, it should come as no surprise Anderson’s movies are like catnip for designers. From the omnipresent screen time of the typeface Futura, to those French New Wave cinematic borrowings; even his tendency for symmetrical shot composition is just plain endearing. Aesthetically, the majority of his characters are in a state of suspended animation. They are retro-leaning in their personal style, surrounded by antiquated technology and ensconced in achingly perfect vintage décor. It is this intentional collision of past and present that shows you how Wes’s universe is as lovingly curated as it is obsessively labeled.

For me, his movies reinforce the notion that every one of us lives in our own bubble of existence. Perhaps they even typify the peculiar little carousel of influences most creatives have running in their background. While I’ve listed plenty of specifics, I would argue the visual appeal of his films is much simpler. You can be completely oblivious to their cinematic heritage and still appreciate how fully-conceived they are in their execution. The theaters are crowded with Michael Bay-type productions, Fast and Furious sequels or the next young adult-lit-to-film adaptation. Even as these genres have their place in our cultural lexicon Wes Anderson’s movies always remind you he is a true auteur with a unique vision and in complete control of his finished product. Something we all aspire to.

By: Mariel Cameron

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