Nothing beats a thoughtful gift to let friends and family know you’re thinking about them at this special time of year. It’s especially meaningful when you can select a gift that speaks to your loved one’s personality, hobbies or passions. Know someone who adores photography? Almost everyone has a foodie and a book worm on their list. Or, maybe someone striving to be more organized in 2016? Here’s a short list of thoughtful gift ideas we’ve compiled, carefully crafted by brands that inspire us. Furthermore »
Chocolate packaging, to say the least, is tasty. It fills blogs, pages of magazines, and influences buying behaviors in grocery aisles, boutiques, and specialty food stores alike. Something about chocolate and good design just walk hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to gourmet and artisan chocolate. It’s an industry that just seems to “get” the deliciousness of good design and thoughtful packaging. In fact, when Vanity Fair featured chocolatiers and brothers Rick and Michael Mast, founders of Mast Brothers, the article stated: “The hefty paper with its fanciful designs has attracted as much a following as their dark chocolate itself.”
For over 30 years, design extraordinaire Michael Bierut has been creating solutions for some of today’s most iconic brands. Earlier this year, Bierut released “How To,” the first book that highlights his career and provides practical guidance for graphic designers.
Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States.
Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted the competition, selecting the winners and organizing an exhibition of winning entries. For the first time ever this year, Design Observer has transformed the exhibition into a printed catalog. We were pleased to team up with Design Observer and Blurb on the production of the first 50 Books | 50 Cover catalog.