Category Archives: Design

Keg Stands and Horrible Logo Designs

Sometimes, you come across something and think to yourself, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ Like Silly Bandz or fire. And now, Horrible Logos. Last year, a genius, honest fella started designing horrible logos for beer money. If you want to see what kind of god awful logo he could design you, pay him $5 to see it, $10 to have it sent to you in high resolution, or $20 to get a horrible logo and a horrible MP3 jingle. All are posted on his site with a link to your website of choice. Damnit. Again. Why didn’t I think of that? I’d love to have a beer and draw something ugly. Absurd ideas work wonders. Since 2010, he’s designed almost 800 logos. More than enough for a kegerator. Smart boy.

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If you build it, they will drink

Admit it. You judge a bottle of wine by its label. I do. But don’t we all?

(If you’re a connoisseur, shut your trap and take off your fancy pants.)

“I don’t know if the wine is good. I haven’t tasted it. The label looks cool though, so it must be good.” Yep, that about sums up the mental process while scouring the wine aisle. Now if bottles of wine had faces, then they’d be much more trustworthy. You can always trust a face, especially if you can build it to have that “I’m funny and I taste good” look.

The Creative Method designed these fabulously funky wine labels so you can BYO – Build Your Own. You can still act all sophisticated. Just let your wine bottle make the funny faces. Not only would it make a great gift, but it’d make a great friend. You could totally have that Wilson thing going on from Castaway. Tough day. Lonely, quiet night. After 3 glasses, you’d find yourself being Chatty Cathy and gossiping with your wine bottle. Don’t act like you haven’t done it before. Now it’s just more humanized.

*Sadly, these bottles are not available for purchase. They were created specifically as gifts for The Creative Method’s clients. One can only hope they acquire a winery as a client soon so we can begin consuming their wine and making funny faces other than our own.

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I keep my art in the pantry

When I think of art, I find myself often taking a traditional approach to it. Monet, Dali, Picasso, Da Vinci, and Van Gogh come to mind. But then I remember that it is 2010 and art doesn’t have to be paint on a canvas. This truth is very evident in Terry Border’s Bent Objects collection. No paint or canvas here, just everyday objects and bent wire. Sounds pretty simple but the humor in these pieces is what makes this stuff addicting to look at. Check out some of these to judge for yourself.






Here’s my personal favorite. Talk about burning the candle at both ends.

Terry Border has some pretty Straight Twisted stuff. I think we’ll have to add him to our crazy group of friends.

Check out artist Terry Border’s blog, Bent Objects.
Follow Terry on Twitter.

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Lay off the jugs and get Method

Sometimes you just need to take a load off. Depending on how much you accumulate, it could be 3 or 4 loads before you know it. Laundry does build up fast doesn’t it? As if your dirty clothes from lord knows where you’ve been weren’t enough, there are also harmful chemicals and toxins in most laundry detergents. Now you might think, well if they clean my clothes, they’ll clean the earth! If that is the case, you deserve to be squirted in the eye with detergent, because that’s what we imagine it feels like when toxins permeate the oceans and soils. So what do we do about this? We buy Method Laundry Detergent.

What’s rad about Method is it’s not your average scoop or pour laundry detergent. It is in fact a liquid pump. So no more messy blue bottles that makes it look like a smurf was murdered every time you do a load of wash. Poor Papa Smurf. You use only what you need. 4 pumps and you’re done. Just a warning, you might catch yourself wanting to keep pumping, but that’s just the jugs talking. Thanks to Method, less detergent = cleaner clothes, happier earth.

It is 2x smaller than regular detergents, using 36% less plastic and 33% less energy, thus making your feet smaller by providing you with 35% less of a carbon footprint. As for the detergent itself, it is nontoxic, biodegradable and made from 95% natural and renewable resources like plants. You’re smart. You’re clean. You’re green. So what are you waiting for? Roll in the mud and get dirty so you can get Method!

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Praise da’ lord for Johnny Cupcakes

We live in a world of been there, done that, seen it, heard it. Originality runs deep, but it also runs thin. Someone comes up with a great idea, product, style, etc., next thing you know, other people and companies follow. But not Johnny Cupcakes. So let me tell you something about Johnny Cupcakes; they don’t sell no cupcakes. They just sell t-shirts with cupcakes on them.

Johnny Cupcakes = Brilliance. With no carbs, sugars, or fat, you can enjoy your love of cupcakes and look good at the same time. Not to mention they offer an incredibly inspirational and badass retail experience. Some people get confused and think they’re going to fulfill their sweet tooth when they walk into their stores, which are designed to resemble bakeries. So their t-shirts and apparel are displayed just like cupcakes and are even served in pastry boxes. Genius!

The best part is, all of the designs are limited edition. That means once they sell out, you will never see them again. I don’t know about you, but it’s extremely awkward when you walk into a room and see someone else wearing the same shirt as you. Then you have to battle it out to see who looks better in it. It’s cool to know that the designs are treated like collector’s items and you won’t ever see a duplication. Makes you feel mighty special. And to continue to make you feel special, please enjoy my new FAVORITE video Johnny Cupcakes did that I’ve watched, oh say 20 times already.

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Is your box green?

Man I love pizza…preferably pepperoni, mushroom, and onion, but I’ll pretty much try anything. Not that I need to add more pizza to my diet, but this innovative pizza box might just make that happen. I don’t know why someone hadn’t already invented this, but I’m glad they did. Four “plates” won’t be necessary though because my gluttonous side comes out with pizza and I usually don’t share. Unless it’s with this Straight Twisted chick!

Mother nature sure will feel more comfortable when those paper plates and aluminum foil don’t hit the landfill. Most town’s recycle cardboard anyway, so this just makes it easier for you!

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All you need is Garamond and a White Goat

It seems like my printer always breaks when I have an important deadline. Next time, I’m going to think positively and remember that by not being able to print, I’m one step closer to saving Mama Earth. As necessary as printers are for certain tasks, I think it’s time that we take an incredible step in the right direction and go Office Space crazy on all of our printers. OK, so maybe that’s not as feasible for the business world, but it’s a fun thought.

One thing that we can do is actively attempt to make our offices as digital as possible by incorporating PDFs and e-mails instead of printing reports and mailing them. The USPS probably hates me for that statement, but they’ll get over it. Thomas Counsell from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing recently speculated that paper consumption is responsible for 2% of greenhouse gases. Part of Counsell’s research focuses on methods to remove ink from printed paper allowing it to be re-used again.

There are a couple guys I came across on the web that are helping with this research, even if they don’t know it. Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth tested the ink-usage of different style fonts by hand drawing them with ball-point pens.

The verdict is in…Garamond is the most efficient font in ink-usage. So maybe Microsoft should take the hint and change the standard from Times New Roman and Calibri to Garamond. They probably won’t since they run the technology world, but maybe Mama Earth will give them hell and they’ll comply.

If you really want to take it to the next level, a White Goat should be in your future. I’m not talking about the grass-eating, “baaaa” goat, but rather the office paper eating, toilet paper making White Goat. Sounds strange right? Well check out this product from Oriental, Co. Ltd. All you do is put 40 pieces of office paper in one end, and a roll of toilet paper comes out the other in 30 minutes. Thats a little quicker than the average digestive system, but you’ll have some toilet paper for when your digestive system catches up. They claim that the White Goat can save 60 cedar trees annually.

So to recap:
Office Space = Good
Printers = Bad

Innovative paper re-use research = Good
Impact font = Bad

White Goat = Good
Wiping your butt with that report your boss pestered you about all week = I’ll let you decide

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