November 19, 2013
Laura recently had the idea to infuse whisky for her friends engagement party. The process of infusing whisky is a simple enough process. Simply find a recipe that suits your taste, and a jar big enough to hold said beverage.
A few days later (or 6 for luck), we had a scotch packing a punch of ginger and black pepper. But with all alcohol, the content in half the prize. We drink with our eyes. Well, designers do anyway. Given I set myself under a week to get this all together, I think we pulled off a rather convincing package and very personal engagement gift.
The bottle is a reused Sipsmith Gin bottle from my birthday. Brown paper from the good people at Paperback in London. Fonts a combination of Lost Type Co-op and No. Seven Script from Fenotype. Lastly, twine from Ebay and sealing wax from Amazon.
I wish I could say the big wax dipping factory not to close to Edinburgh helped out with this, but they wouldn't supply me with anything less than a kilogram. So, individual candles were melted down in the end and dipped in a one-off chance to get it right. Just don't use a pot you want for something else again.
Hats off to Laura for the idea, I merely put it together.
May 9, 2013
Having just come back from David and Fi's Wedding (#davidandfi), I'm a little behind on the posts here. So bear with me while I rattle through a few pictures from the stag.
At the end of March, us six city boys headed up to the lower Highlands for a long weekend of drinking, shooting, and excessive amounts of tweed. It's got to said, tweed offers zero insulation or protection from the elements, but we certainly looked
Words can't even begin to describe how cold it was up the hill during our clay pigeon shooting. I didn't know if the camera was functioning, I couldn't feel my fingers or the trigger. Luckily beautiful light is all you need sometimes. Even in the howling sleet, with wearing dress shoes on fresh snow, somehow I managed to get these pictures.
You can see all the pictures on my Flickr.
February 26, 2013
I thought I'd share a great little book that dropped through the post this week. EyeToons (say it right, don't get sued) is the brainshild of Six Creative aka Ian Traynor, a fellow designer from Edinburgh. As one of the launching projects on the UK Kickstarter, Ian secured the job and went on the produce this marvellous little product.
The concept is simple, guess the song title and artist by the illustration alone. Ian has rendered a stagering amount of these clever, quirky, and genuinely heart warming illustrations that have kept me puzzler all week trying to guess what the heck song I'm looking at. Thank god the answers are in the back.
The books illustrations are simply great, restraining away from unnecessary textures or filters so currently found online. A simple uncoated paper provides enough texture without having to add this falsely.
But wait there's moreWho doesn't love a good email newsletter? Unfortunately the art of the newsletter has fallen down by the wayside by companies who should know better. The EyeToons emails are a shining example of brilliant copy writing, inforgraphics, animated gifs (they're coming back in a big way in case you didn't know) and most importantly use bright yellow.
Check out 'The Infographic Issue' which was my particular favourite.
I could have quite happily photographed the entire book, but that would be giving it away, so you'll have to make do with two of my favourite pages. Can you guess what they are?
Buy the book
February 14, 2013
By the time I've posted this, hopefully the doughnut craze that has swept the city has subsided. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opened
Luckily Cait caught on invite to the opening party a few days earlier, so we headed there bellies rumbling on Monday evening. Hats off to the planner for this evening. Never before have I wanted to stay somewhere for so long on sugary delights and coffee alone. Being located at Hermiston Gait, I'll still never really understand why, driving is the only option. Eric even mentioned, its difficult to walk there is you're already at Hermiston Gait, but I guess they're going for a certain demographic.
Dip that doughnut
This was one of the few boxes we left with. For my taste to be honest this is all a little sweet, the kind of sweet that makes your teeth tingle and want a toothbrush. But as far as a slice of Americana goes in Edinburgh goes, well done Krispy Kreme!
January 23, 2013
Last night I went to Adobe's #CreateTheWeb tour, which was set against a particularly beautiful Edinburgh Castle sunset. I've been using Adobe print and publishing applications for years, but have never really been too impressed with the web offerings. Handing over files exported from InDesign would make a developer hiss with distain, and the idea of trying to build a serious website on your own using Dreamweaver almost laughable.
With every new release it seems there's more for designers trying to get into the web, but the cross over between designers and developers more confused. This relationship stops with Adobe in my opinion. I was shocked to see more than half the room's hand go up when they asked in anyone was using Dreamweaver [really?].
As someone very much interested in the web, I've just never got my head around writing code. I'm looking for an easy life, or one with a skilled developer in the same room.
My own experiences aside, Adobe have come up with some interesting tools which promise to make not only designers lives easier, but promises to be OK for developers to pick up too. I'm not sure of the full journey of using all these applications together, but baby steps, baby steps. Here's a few of my favourite future applications that Adobe (and partners) are working on.