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Earlier this year the designers at Mucho had an assignment: Make a small cardboard box fun. While that might seem like an impossible task in most situations, this specific cardboard box had an inherently fun purpose: it was the prototype for a new disposable cocktail shaker concept called MidNight. The firm borrowed the geometry of the two capital letters in the brand's name to design a system of colorful triangles, and added vintage engravings of fruit for texture and contrast. 

MidNight Drinks are available in Spain. Keep an eye on this page for an international launch. 

The pig roast (with 14 pigs on spits) is pretty much the equivalent of the DIY punk show for many grown-ups these days. The music might not be as loud, but the mission of the flyer is the same. Convince a bunch of people to travel to a far-off place with a great poster that promises a unique experience. Organizers of Pig Mountain, a culinary festival billed as a Pig Roast & Veggie Fest, worked with the designers at Mother for a series of print posters loosely inspired by a photocopied punk flyer aesthetic. A zine highlights photos of previous roasts and features useful info, maps, and addresses, while the highlighter-colored tickets and three flyers complete the campaign. [via It's Nice That]

Pig Mountain takes place next week in Upstate New York.

Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano, more commonly known as LAB, was Bolivia's oldest airline before it was ordered to close by the Bolivian government in 2007. Once a much larger operation, the airline and its dilapidated headquarters are now manned by a single employee.

Photographer Nick Ballon first came across LAB's strange story after noticing one of their disused buildings while waiting for a flight out of Bolivia. Instead of trying to track down whomever was left in charge with a series of emails and phone calls, he simply knocked on the closest door he could find. According to an interview at Creative Review, within minutes, he was speaking with the CEO about LAB's story.

Ballon's research, which falls under the larger umbrella of The LAB Project, has led to a book, a gallery show, and countless documents and photos on his LAB Project site.

Photos from The LAB Project will be on display at the KK Outlet in London for the entire month of August.

One can't utter the words "midcentury modern American furniture" without picturing that Herman Miller logo and iconic design pieces by Nelson and Eames. But, the American design house has actually been around over a century. Dutch agency Part of a Bigger Plan has made videos for the likes of Mr. Porter and Louis Vuitton and was tasked with covering Herman Miller's history in an anniversary video to hype the launch of the WHY platform. Cleverly, it packs 108 years of design history into just 108 seconds.

After sustaining extensive private and public property damage following Hurricane Sandy last fall, the preliminary restoration of NYC's beaches was completed just in time for a Memorial Day opening. Part of that restoration was the installation of a new highly visible, bright yellow and blue branding identity from Pentagram. The rebranding is a complete overhaul, and gives a cohesive visual theme from the street signs to the bathrooms. 

Read more about the branding and restoration on Pentagram's site, and be sure to check the Parks Department Beaches site before making a trip to avoid any temporary construction closures. 

When Evangelia Koutsovoulou moved from rural Greece to Milan, Italy her cooking suffered. She realized city cooks didn't have access to the same herbs founds in the mediterranean country side, so she launched a Kickstarter campaign to start distributing fresher Sage, Bay Leaves, Oregano, and Thyme.

But because she's not the biggest fan of cameras, and Kickstarter campaigns require a video element, she commissioned friends to tell the story of her two-year search for the best herbs in a simple but impressive animated short. Koutsovoulou also designed a strong branding identity for the herbs: each package is shipped in a small foldable bag with a cleanly designed name and information card affixed to the front. A tiny yellow sun at the bottom of the card contrasts the blue sans serif type, and along with the market-style bag, connotes freshness. 

Pledge some money and become an official "Oregano Tester"


It's not that strange to brand a solution to a problem with an image of that very problem—think of bugs on pest-control spray. Yet we don't often see laundry detergents covered in soiled clothes, or household cleaners with glamour shots of filthy floors. But in the case of this graffiti remover, designed by Casandra Straus, the hectic and colorful aesthetic of a wall covered in graffiti is much more compelling on the shelf than the thick substance inside the bottle. The large solid labels covering the colorful bottle are also reminiscent of the product's purpose. 

Juniper Ridge wants to help hikers smell better while they're out on the trail. Actually, it wants to help them when they're at home too. The company's mission is to create fragrances that transport the wearer to different regions: the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, or the Desert Southwest, by using ingredients sustainably collected in each area and processed minimally using pre-industrial technology such as juicers, retired whiskey stills, and steam. The Juniper Ridge range of products is considerably offbeat too: solid perfume, a line of room sprays, incense for your campfire, and a trail soap that comes in both castille and bar form.

Find Juniper Ridge at F.S.C. Barber & Supply, Warm, and Pilgrim Surf & Supply in NYC, Una Mae's in Chicago, and General Store in Venice, CA. 

Noeeko created the look for this storytelling platform of a refugee organization—one represented by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Giorgio Armani. Noeeko is a bit modest about the client, but "Tracks: People in Motion" as it turns out, is a project from the United Nations UNHCR. We admire the clean yet formal design, which lends the endeavor both gravity and an optimistic, well-organized feel. And the UN blue is a must.

See more from noeeko online.

Tracks: People In Motion




Coffee changes lives. Today, many of us can't imagine life without it. But cafés where they put the swirl in your latte? Not always worth the effort. For those who prefer a more straightforward cup of artisanal coffee, brewed at home from beans delivered straight to your door, there’s Regular Coffee. Seriously, that’s the name of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Rowster Coffee’s new subscription service. Regular Coffee offers a convenient way to purchase and experience your daily black magic.  

How it works: Subscribe online via RegularCoffee.com. Each month a perfectly portioned 30-day supply of specialty brew for one arrives. Order as much as you want. Change up your subscription or cancel at any time. Easy.

Where it’s from: Regular Coffee is grown on small farms in Huehuetenango, Guatemala and then roasted after hours at Rowster’s micro-roaster café. Packaged in a special tube to keep it fresh, it is then shipped from Grand Rapids to your doorstep. A pretty valiant crack at farm-to-mug if you ask us.

What you pay: 20 bucks per tube.

How it tastes: According to the folks at Rowster, Regular Coffee has "a lightly-roasted yet full-bodied taste with a caramel sweetness and dried fruity aroma."

Why you’ll feel good: You’re supporting small farms and small business while enjoying a damn good cup of coffee. Special Agent Cooper would totally have this delivered to his hotel room in Twin Peaks.

Bonus: Clean, minimal packaging. Futura Bold type on a cardboard tube just feels honest, modern, and kinda Wes Anderson-ish.