Mondays can be tough. Let’s ease into this week together with a five-minute, beautifully animated short. Perfect to enjoy over coffee. Press play.
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.
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.
Mission: find a hidden botanical oasis
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.
By: Chris Hoffman