Swedish Studio Kokokaka Pushes the Limits of Interactive Experience Design

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 1, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Experience Design
Tags: advertising, commercial, video
Swedish creative shop Kokokaka first caught my eye several years ago with their super smart and beautifully executed work for Wrangler which you can still check out here

Who knew you could build an interactive experience in which you actually interact with the product? Since then, Kokokaka has continued to push out great work for Ikea, Volvo, Louis Vuitton, and a handful of design-centric brands. Beyond just clever interactive pieces, all their work harmonizes the use of color, type, and of course photography and video styling.

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How Filmmaker Duo The Mercadantes Keep it Real

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 30, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Film
Tags: advertising, Film

You’ll probably recognize the aesthetic and tone of filmmakers Daniel Mercadante and Katina Hubbard from recent Apple spots. There’s a consistent level of authenticity and down-home charm to all their work. On top of that, there’s often an underlying message and somewhat subliminal meaning to their films that creeps up and sticks with you. 


Despite the fact that their films are so calm and "real," they still keep you on the edge of your seat. My personal favorites, which you can watch below, are "Words," "Baseball," and especially "Symmetry."

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Helsinki's 2014 Flow Festival Branding by Finnish Studio Tsto

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 19, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Music, Environmental Design, Typography
Tags: branding, identity design, music, signage
Recently on a trip to Finland I happened upon the amazing design work for Helsinki's Flow Festival by local studio Tsto. The banners and event posters enticed my girlfriend and I so much that we decided to go and check it out.
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Josh Cochran's #StoryoftheOpen Billboard for the U.S. Open

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 17, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Art, Illustration
Tags: advertising, painting, sports
New York illustrator Josh Cochran just wrapped up his 15 day #StoryoftheOpen billboard project, commissioned by the U.S. Open. 

The concept (by DDB for USTA) was to capture and paint this year's most memorable daily moments at the Open. The best of each day would then be painted by Cochran on a billboard at the entrance of the Midtown Tunnel. 

It was a complete joy to keep up with the project over the course of Open, and to see what Josh was going to paint next.


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Feixen's '60s-Inspired Posters for Swiss Arts Center Südpol

Curator: Karan Singh
date: August 28, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Illustration, Poster Design
Tags: advertising, graphic design, Poster Design
Feixen, aka Felix Pfäffli, has to be one of my favorite contemporary poster designers. His bold and minimal work is reminiscent of '60s advertising: loud and confident, yet reductive. I’m especially envious of his series of posters for Südpol, an arts center based in Kriens, Switzerland.
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