When you go to art school you get used to pulling all-nighters.
When University of the Arts came to us as a client this summer, they were facing a tight deadline for producing their current year’s viewbook. When they offered the project to us as a last-minute assignment we knew it was going to take a few all-nighters to pull off.
Working together, UArts and our account team outlined an aggressive plan to meet their deadline. Being blocks away from one another right here in Center City Philadelphia certainly helped speed things along. Instead of limiting us, the tight timeline was actually very liberating. As a creative team, we didn’t have time to overanalyze things.
We created a custom type treatment to demonstrate how they help students come into their own and develop themselves into more complete artists. On the cover, a combination of embossing and debossing provide an added level of detail that represents the depth of the UArts education. Trusting our instincts served us well considering many of us here were the book’s intended audience not too long ago.
While we were working non-stop on our end, our effort here was only matched by the team from UArts and a lot of cooperation of Riegel Printing. And while it wasn’t our ideal process, in this circumstance the limited timetable was refreshing. UArts’ 2013-2014 viewbook stands as a testament to the all-nighters we all put in, and it will serve as a bar we look forward to surpassing this year when we have a little more time.
Chief Creative Officer: Darryl Cilli
Executive Creative Director: Jim Walls
Director of Client Services: John Campanella
Creative Director: Greg Ash
Designer: Taylor Goad
Copywriter: Kris Blake
Production Artist: Mary Olson
Account Supervisor: Ryan Brown
Account Executive: Allison Isaacs
Well, it’s finally happening. The former biggest restroom in Center City former Borders that was located downstairs from 160over90 has a brand new tenant. And as much as we wanted it to be Red Lobster (or Red Lobster’s hip, urban cousin, CitiLobster*), turns out it’s going to be a Walgreen’s. Less exciting, right? Obviously. But! It might be a little more than less exciting, or at least less than the less exciting you thought it might be.
See, it’s not going to be just any Walgreen’s, it’s going to be one of those flagship urban cornerstone prototype super Walgreen’s. And while no one knows exactly what that means they’ll have besides the normal goods and sundries, we’ve sure been doing a lot of guessing. Here are some of those guesses. Keep in mind that we are all very tired:
Sushi conveyer belt
The set of “Shark Tank,” that ABC show that’s still on the air for some reason
An organic food section that they’ll try to get people to call WalGREEN’s, but it won’t really catch on. Because am I supposed to yell the second syllable? I don’t understand. You’re not making any sense, WalGREEN’s.
WALLgreens, a wall display of walls, although honestly I think they’re going to run into the same issues as with WalGREEN’s.
Another, smaller Walgreen’s: Walgreen’s jr.
A free-standing Blockbuster
A Blockbuster where you can only get the dvds in the mail
A whole wall that’s nothing but artisanal nail trimmers
A whole wall that’s nothing but that wall from Game of Thrones
A Rite Aid, but like, cleaner.
I dunno, man. I’m just excited to not have to walk to that weird CVS down on 15th to get the Pepto I require due to eating nothing but off-brand Cheddar Bay biscuits for the last three months.
Getting into the most applied-to school in the nation is no small feat. We wanted to remind these high achieving, über determined kids that out 100,000 applicants, they had really shone through. A snapshot of their future at UCLA, complete with layers of vibrancy and revealed messages (click the .gif above to see it in action) we welcomed them to the class of doers, leaders and game-changers.
If things seem a little more Hungarian today, there’s a reason for that. Either you’re in Hungary (you’re probably not in Hungary), or you’ve caught wind of the fact that the launch of the House of Zwack in the United States is nearing – It’s Saturday, in fact.*
In case you’re not familiar with HoZ, it’s a group of three liqueurs with a history that goes 200 years deep into Hungary’s past. To help Diageo ready the States for this launch, we created a whole suite of branded assets which all draw from this history, referencing the many stories and characters in the Zwack family.
Posters and other in-store signage:
A recipe book that weaves together the Zwack story with cocktail recipes:
Suitcases for product representatives to carry:
*unless you’re reading this after Saturday, the 18th. In which case, it was in the past. Hooray! It’s now available at a liquorery near you.
A year ago a few bright young architects got together and decided to start a new firm. The firm is a collaboration of multiple talents. Collectively they provide a single-sourced, range of services tailored to each client. With that in mind they named themselves, Ambit which is Latin for scope or range.
We were tasked with creating a visual identity system for use across business cards, portfolios, proposal templates etc. Keeping in mind the firms mission of a full scope we not only created the base collateral but also considered the range of materials needed for a brand new business venture.
This functional approach extended to the site we designed and developed for them. Fully responsive, it gives the partners at Ambit the ability to easily present work and pitch new business on trains, in elevators, airplanes, or even on a job site. Check it out here: ambitarch.com