I’m leaving tomorrow for Bloomington, Indiana with Rachel to visit some family for a few days. I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve heard many good things about Bloomington and I’ve also never been to Indiana so that’s cool too. If anyone has been to Bloomington, feel free to recommend me some things to do/see while we’re there!
Recent Work: The Nickel, Denver
Wings by Zbynek Zoukup
"Daniel suggested a game. Each member had to choose a song he loved, listen to it privately and then figure out how to describe it to the rest of the band in such a way that they could try to replicate its feeling together. The goal of the game was to lead the band into putting together the ingredients of great songs without aping them directly.
Sometimes someone guessed a title — the bassist Rob Pope recognized Daniel’s choice of ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ — and if so, the idea was discarded, because ‘as soon as somebody knows what the song is, you can no longer get past that.’
Spoon’s new album, They Want My Soul, comes out on Aug. 5 and contains only one track spawned from the game, which the band played several times throughout the prerecording process. The song, ‘Outlier’ (standout lyric: ‘I remember when you walked out of Garden State — ‘cause you had taste, you had taste’), was connected to [Eric] Harvey’s description of 'The Glorious Land' by PJ Harvey (no relation).”
— Dan Kois, "Spoon, the Molecular Gastronomists of Rock"
Wishbone: Brand Development and Packaging Design
The client and project overview:
Earlier this year we gave ourselves a challenge: to re-imagine the traditional approach to packaging coffee and create something that we could share with our clients and friends - and so, Wishbone Brew was born. Conceptualized and created by the team at AKA and assembled together by hand, it’s been a long time in the making — but worth the wait in order to share & enjoy it with some of our favourite people.
The design and creative solution:
Our main objective was to re-think traditional packaging methodology. Used as a tool to showcase our ability to think & work beyond convention, we determined from the out-set that drawing inspiration from uncommon sources was essential to the success of the project. Cue the Terpentine: An attractive shape, an airtight seal, something unexpected. This container delivered on all counts, but how to break from the unfriendly, industrial, and for all intensive purposes toxic associations we as consumers have made with that form?
A bright yet soft colour pallette combined with elegant and approachable serif type helps soften the brand against the harshness of material. A quick sanding, prime, and dip in paint helps add some individuality among the products and re-enforces the handmade nature of the product, No two wishbones being exactly the same.
Man, their videos for this new album are great.
Spoon - “Written In Reverse”