Dec 16 2013
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Ask Ian

carrier pigeonToday, we are introducing a new feature called “ASK IAN”. Send me an email with your question and I post both the query and Ian Brignell’s response.

I’m pretty sure that the above illustration (by Ian Brignell, of course) is a dove but for this Ask Ian feature, I’m going to squint my eyes, just a little, so that I can think of it as a carrier pigeon. Get it?

 

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Another Fan Letter

We love getting fan mail. Here’s one from a graphic design student talking about the Ian Brignell feature spread in this best selling textbook by Terry Rydberg.

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Subject: Re: Thanks for being profiled in my textbook
Hi Ian,
Thanks for the kind, detailed response! I will have to check out the flexible pens at my local art store, sounds intriguing! I have sort of a long history with technical pens as I am an architect. Remember trying to clean out the Koh-I-nor rapidographs because you left the ink in the pen that dried out? Nowadays, I have taken many digital media classes at the local community college in the past few years, in typography the teacher and I laughed about the memory of using press type/letraset., and how if you ran of lower case “e’s” you would try to make one by using a lower case “c” and some other letter to make the cross bar…Also took calligraphy years and years ago so played around with nibbed pens.  No end to the fun! Best of luck and
Thanks again!
J
Nov 21 2013
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Stuff Ontario loves

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It’s the place we buy our booze: the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, a Soviet-era sounding string-of-words rendered elegance incarnate by the hand of Ian Brignell. Along with the lettering, he drew the background illustration as well.

This LCBO identity launched almost 20 years ago. It still feels fresh, elegant and  vital.

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Stingrays and Lions and Tigers – oh my!

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Toronto loves the Toronto Zoo and I love this poster series designed to promote Stingray Bay. Ian Brignell had a lot of fun with these three.

Stingray Bay was unique in that patrons could interact with stingrays by feeding and touching them as the rays swam around. The exhibit closed in 2012, but Ian’s lettering lives forever.

Nov 08 2013
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Estée Lauder Pleasures; continued

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Thanks for your query, Karen, and for the photo. Yes, Ian was responsible for the lettering on some of the Pleasures sub-brands. For example (see image), A Garden of Pleasures.

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It was the lovely and talented Dena Seigel, then of Estée Lauder, who hired Ian for Estée Lauder Pleasures.  Later, he worked with their wonderful Creative Director, Cathy Phelon.

It’s a great company.

 

 

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Estée Lauder Pleasures

The days are shorter, sunsets are more bright white than warm, crisp air nips my nose and the leaves have mostly fallen. Winter is coming, Christmas is nigh and so is the seasonal re-launch of this epic perfume.

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Estée Lauder Pleasures was one of the first major American brands that Ian worked on. In many ways, it launched his career into the United States. Pleasures hit the perfume market in 1995 and was the best selling brand by the end of the next year. The lettering, the bottle, the scent – it was, and is, a perfect package.

 

 

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Hug Me: Coca-Cola Introduces Gesture Based Marketing in Singapore

This is the title of an excellent article written by Anthony Wing Kosner and published in Forbes online.

Here’s the first paragraph:

How do you translate Coca-Cola into Singaporean English? How about, “Hug Me”? That’s the premise of a new marketing campaign that Coke has launched in Singapore. But what makes this newsworthy, at least for me, is that the message is being sealed with a gesture.

Read the rest here.

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Coors Banquet

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Thanks, yet again, to the dieline for great visuals and editorial about the new Coors Banquet The Legend Since 1873.

 

Oct 31 2013
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Happy Halloween Cocktail Hour!

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Just a little something because we love pumpkins.