McRibs Season is Open

Cossette, the Chicago based advertising agency have just produced some beautiful ads to announce that McDonalds' McRibs are now on the menu.

Using the traditional stylings associated with yesteryear hunting portraits the guns are replaced with tools that are far less violent, and far more culinary.

Really beautiful work, sensitively executed to great effect.

A product design masterclass

The DOT Braille Smart Watch project has won the Grand LIA for Design at the 2016 London International Awards. Developed in South Korea, DOT the first Braille Smartwatch sets out to provide an interactive device for blind and visually impaired people.

Illustration will not save the world. But it should try

Robin Wood is a nationwide, nonviolent action group in Germany focusing on environmental activism around climate, energy, forests and mobility. The Robin Wood Disappearing Animals advertising campaign – created by Grabarz & Partner Hamburg, featuring three disappearing animals, a deer, capuchin monkey and polar bear affected by habitat destruction, won Gold for illustration at the 2016 Clio Awards.

More Beer Brand Porn

As some of you will know, we love beer branding at Halo, and we'll be announcing something very exciting in Feb 2017 about our own work for a legendary brewery, but for now, check this out. Osiris is 'innovative craft beer touched by the gods'. Sepan Solodkov developed the St Petersburg based brand and what a well realised job this is.

The visual identity has strength and a beautiful balance between type and marque. The labels offer punch and energy with sharper colours and shapes that make the designs pop from distance. Don't know how the beer tastes, but love the look.

Music is our first love

There's a show in town that you've got to see. Well, as long as you live in Montreal. The show in question "American Story' celebrates the history of American music, one legendary song at a time. To promote the show Theatre St Denis commissioned Voyou and they created a brilliant concept that is as striking as it is sharp.

Special mentions for Bruno Terroux for some killer art direction and Steven Roberts for his crafted design.


McDonald's owns US election and autumn

I wanted to write a paragraph or so about the following work I'm sharing here.

'Check out the cool ads McDonald's have done.'

I am failing to write a whole paragraph.

Let *some* of the world in

Libratone have launched their first line of headphones with pretty clever adjustable active noise cancellation - so users choose how much of the world they let in. The launch ads are effortless. Beautiful images of commuters teamed with cut type that describes the cause of the noise they're limiting.

Sharp like a razor. Nice work.


Space themed water

Unicorn Studio Moscow has created a packaging design for "КOMETA" spring water, and it’s pretty beautiful.

The art of cutting out

You know books that are cut out to create a secret compartment? This is level up. Matteo Giuseppe Pani created a one off piece called 'Scarab', a book with a scarab beetle cut from every page creating a thing of real beauty - for The Onassis Cultural Centre, a contemporary design muesum in Athens. It's 45 layers of hand cut pages creating a symbol of regeneration and creation.

Dedicated as a positive symbol to Greece. And dedication to having a very steady hand.

Kit Kat - Break Edition brilliance

Check out some really beautiful work by LATTE Co. in Mexico for Nestlé Kit Kat. The concept is 'a break of music and love'. But really, whatever designer Nacho Huizar had in mind, the effect is a beautiflly realised slab of sharp, considered graphics that ooze energy and offer a vibrancy to the Kit Kat brand that really compliments it's playful undertones.

What's not to love?