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  • Dead As We Know It wanted to introduce The Kraken—the world’s first black spiced rum—with a memorable and high-impact brand. They developed the backstory of the Kraken’s true existence from a scientific point of view, which the viewer can experience through a journal and a series of movies.

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    by Ward Andrews
    April 3, 2012
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  • Part Tron fantasy bicycle, part safety powerhouse, this bicycle concept by Teague marries form and function in a beautiful way. The Pulse bike injects safety features that manage to add cool to the classically inspired frame instead of detracting from it. The mid-section of the bike is coated with photo-luminescent powder for added visibility and safety during night riding. They incorporated intuitive and common-sense controls for safety and sophistication, including bar-end mounted LED turn signals.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    April 1, 2012
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  • London-based lawyer Tom Wigley used to love making model airplanes, but over the years his models were crushed or "the subject of ritual burnings." Instead of resurrecting the modeling, he chose to gather a collection of images of his favorites he built models of and those which he wish he'd made. His collection of more than 1,200 images is wealth of design history, innovation and inspiration.

    Lead image: NASA Research Fleet at Dryden Flight Research Center

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 30, 2012
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  • Designed by German branding and design agency Peter Schmidt Group, these bags for John & John British potato crisps take snack packaging to a much higher level. The graphic color blocks make the bags look more like carefully crafted poster designs and less like the average chip bag. I could honestly see these successfully framed in a collection.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 29, 2012
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  • Australia-based Yanni Floros has total command of the charcoal. These drawings are meticulously detailed with just the right combination of realism and artistry. Drawing hair realistically is no small feat, and these are beyond convincing, capturing beauty in the somewhat mundane details of a single moment.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 27, 2012
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  • Art Director Kapil Bhimekar and Leo Burnett Dubai wanted to capture the spirit of Sugar Daddy's mission in their packaging. The bakery is known for a unique and changing array of flavors, so they created 11 different packaging designs using interesting typography and illustration.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 27, 2012
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  • Sections & Slices by Ben Branagan is an ongoing series of drawings that seems to explore color and the interaction between material and technique. The London-based designer and artist's series provides excellent color inspiration, with both subtle and intense color palette transitions.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 25, 2012
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  • Recently I was searching for a little texture inspiration for a project, and I stumbled upon the work of Orlando-based Justin Mezzell. His portfolio exemplifies the design / illustration hybrid. His pieces are full of strong Typography, structured layout and intention blended with thoughtful color palettes, great textures and stylization.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    March 23, 2012
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