Thursday, August 21, 2014

Burger of the Week #174

This leaning tower of burger reminded me of the leaning tower of corrugate (fondly dubbed Mount Corrugate) that's currently taken form in our office.....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Burger of the Week #173

A little birthday treat (and a small piece of advice) that was hidden inside a card from a dear friend.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Invisible Reflections

An 18-year-old photographer in Cambridge, UK got a bit of attention last fall for her work with mirrors. Laura Williams' haunting image of a girl and a mirror, called Invisible, got over 114K comments on Tumblr. Part of a larger portrait set, Mirrors, I just can't stop looking at these images. They seem so simple and yet are conceptually quite deep.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Burger of the Week #172

Spotted this at the Allegan Antique Fair > make your own burger buns with these burger bun bake rings! Basically they help you make 4 mini round loaves of bread, for the real Burger DIYer. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Branded for the Perfect Pour

A good logo represents a brand and the product or service to which they belong. A great logo serves a greater purpose....

As it turns out, the harp on the glass has more than ornamental purposes. When Guinness is poured properly into a branded Guinness pint glass, the harp icon serves as a measuring aid.

Back at the Guinness Storehouse, the fourth floor is home to the Guinness Academy, where you can learn the art of the perfect pour. Start the pour by holding the glass at a 45-degree angle under the spout and slowly fill the glass to the top of the harp. Allow the beer to settle before topping it off.

The harp has been a widely recognized beacon of the Guinness brand since 1876. It is based on the harp of Brian Boru (housed at Trinity Library), the high King of Ireland from 1002 to 1014.
Coincidentally, a harp is also the official national emblem of the Republic of Ireland, appearing on passports and state documents. The Guinness harp always has a Left straight edge and the Republic of Ireland harp always has a Right straight edge in order to distinguish the two trademarks.

Awfully nice of the Country to adjust their national symbol to accommodate the trademark of a (albeit beloved and iconic) beer brand!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Burger of the Week #171

You might not think a phone would have much to offer in way of "exciting food-making" opportunities. But if you thought that, you'd be wrong. 

Look at all the burger related time-passers android offers... including a "fun and addicting time-management game". My guess is, if you're playing these games, you've already lost at time-management.

At least the icons are cool. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Genius of Guinness

On the 3rd floor of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, is a retrospective of Guinness advertising. Few brands can brag of an advertising portfolio that spans a decade—advertising people want to see, and will pay to put replicas of in their house.

The first official Guinness poster appeared in 1929, bearing a slogan that would become one of the most well known in advertising history. Based on the belief that the beer contained health-giving properties, it proclaimed "Guinness is Good for You".
When the Guinness clock was built in Central London in 1931, "Guinness Time" posters started showing up in cities around the world. 
Designer John Gilroy made Guinness Posters from the 1930s to 1960s, his "Guinness For Strength" posters were so popular, people began ordering Guinness by asking for a Girder.
Gilroy also designed the famous "My Goodness My Guinness" posters, which featured a hapless zookeeper and his whimsical, thieving animals. This series is among the best-known graphic art of the 20th century.
The iconic Toucan appeared in 1935, and became a token icon of Guinness well-through the 1950s. 
Pure Genius was the creation of agency Oglivy and Mather in the 1980s, an idea so strong that they were told to run with it on the spot.
Personally, I hope Guinness returns to the illustrative style of advertising. It's uniquely theirs. But no one can deny the majestic power of the image of a well-poured Guinness. I have faith, that whatever direction they go, it'll probably be brilliant.