Here's a new project that was completed this fall for Bath & Body Works. The labels and packaging were already done but BBW wanted some hand-drawn, custom type treatments and illustrations to pull them all together for their direct mail campaign.
Hey Gang, the holiday season is upon us and Black Friday is only a few days away. Instead of shopping at the big box stores and standing in line for a $50, 80" TV that will break before New Years, hold onto your hard-earned cash and spend it locally this weekend. Slagle Design is fortunate to work with many local businesses and organizations that would love to fill your holiday gift and food needs.
EduGo: Buy a bicycle for an orphaned child to ride to school safely in Southeast Asia
Redpoint Provisions: Small batch Over-the-Top Toffees for your friend with a sweet tooth. Available at Hills Market and Celebrate Local at Easton.
Bake Me Happy: Gluten-free cookies and deserts (the oatmeal creme clouds are AMAZING). Visit their location in Merion Village or several Central Ohio market locations.
Brezel: Authentic hand made Bavarian soft pretzels! Pick up fresh or frozen at the North Market or their new Over the Rhine location.
Luna Burger: Pick up some Kick-Start breakfast patties for your guests at Lucky's Market, Hills Market, Whole Foods, or other Central Ohio Locations.
Park Street Pizza: GIFT CARDS!
Teodora's Kitchen: Authentic Panamanian food. Contact Jennica for gift-cards.
Capital City Scooters: Scooters, motorcycles, riding gear and unique accessories.
Seagull Messenger Bags: Water-proof, hand-made and oh so comfortable.
The Commissary: Gift cards for cooking events and workshops for your foodie friends.
Midwest Photo Exchange: THE place for all of your photo and imaging needs.
Columbus Brewing Company: For the festive get-together.
Igloo Letterpress: Gifts for everyone. Visit their retail location in uptown Worthington.
Quaint Co: Art for everyone.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: No explanation needed.
Asia's Hope: Loads of stuff to buy here for kids who need it most.
Stwrap: Stocking stuffers for the sports fan.
Slagle Design was honored to win 5 awards at Creative Best this year! What a fun evening.
Thank you to my awesome clients. I truly appreciate your trust and friendship.
Thank you to Karl, Fumi, the judges, and all of the volunteers who make this an amazing event every year. It's no easy task. You all rock! Looking forward to another year of CSCA meetings in 2015. Can't wait to see who's coming to speak.
Here's a recent team-up with Spacejunk Media and their client, Alliance Data, promote the features and benefits of their Aspire credit cards. Rather than explain it with a list of facts and bullet points, we decided to tell a story.
I love working with my partners at Spacejunk Media! They do amazing work! They are very collaborative and they truly appreciate what their partners bring to the table. Go team!
Creative Direction, Animation, Spacejunk Media
Creative Direction, storyboard and illustration: Slagle Design
Frank and Pattie Bis contacted us in the spring with an exciting new project: naming, branding and packaging for the best small-batch toffee we had ever tasted!
Not only did we hit a home-run with their project, we made some new friends and long-term clients. We are excited to be on the ground floor of this promising new business. Keep your eye out for this new product coming to market soon.
If you haven't decided what to send your clients for corporate gifts this year, think outside the tin! Contact Frank and ask him to help you treat your clients to some small-batch, locally made, Over-the-Top Toffee! They are ready to take orders and fill your gift needs, big or small.
Like many, I jumped on the new iPhone the morning Apple opened up pre-ordering. After some consideration, I chose to go with the larger 6 plus model. I placed my order and didn't give it much more thought until I actually saw one in-person at the Apple store a couple weeks later. Woah! The sucker's huge! I also started seeing my friends' Facebook posts joking about the enormous plus-sized phone and I began to worry about whether I made the wrong decision.
Last Friday it arrived. I pulled it from the box and listened to my kids' reaction: "How are you going to carry that around in your pocket? It's a surf board." I had to admit, I wasn't 100% certain I made the right choice. I played with it for the evening, even considered driving to the Apple Store and trading it in for it's younger sibling, but ultimately decided to keep it and withhold any further judgment until I lived with it for a full week.
What a difference a week makes! I'm so glad I gave it a chance. Since I'm neither young enough nor hip enough, I don't wear skinny jeans and it actually fits in my front pocket pretty well. If it were much bigger, I would say it was too big for the pocket but after a week of carrying it around, I'm very satisfied with the size. As far as "bend gate" goes, I've owned several iPhones and have never subjected them to the stress that would come from sitting on my beloved device, this will be no exception. It's lose enough in my front pocket that i can sit without putting any pressure on it at all.
The 5.5" screen is AMAZING! As a designer I carry my portfolio with me everywhere I go on my iPad. The size of the screen on the iPhone 6 is actually large enough for me to show my work when I've left my bag behind.
The larger battery capacity is worth the upgrade as well. I get a full day of use on a single charge--something I haven't achieved with previous models.
Even with the smaller iPhone 5, I never found myself typing with one thumb, so the two-thumbed typing thing isn't an issue for me either. I actually like the larger keypad. I've noticed far fewer errors when it comes to hitting the wrong keys.
If you think you'll look like an idiot holding it to your head to take a call, you get over it pretty quickly. After using it for a few days the size factor becomes very familiar. I did pick up a bluetooth earbud set (Plantronics Backbeat GO 2) which allows me to take calls when I'd rather leave the phone on my desk or in my bag. I'm very happy with the quality of the earbuds--they sound pretty amazing when listening to music as well.
If you are on the fence, I highly recommend the new 6 plus with one caveat--if you like the tight jeans and plan to carry your phone in your pocket (ladies, hipsters) you should definitely stick with the smaller model. Either way, you can't go wrong, Apple designed a worthy upgrade in both cases.
Join us October 23 for the Columbus Design Summit.
2014 CSCA Design Summit
SMALL SHOPS BIG POTENTIAL
It's something many of us dream about, but few actually attempt: creating an agency from scratch. Most people shy away from that kind of risk, but this month's speakers did it anyway. And it's working.
Our third-annual Design Summit welcomes the founders of some of the hottest small agencies in Columbus (Old Machine, Black Letter, TreeTree, and Bonfire Red) to tell us when they decided to take the plunge and how they've managed to make it work. Then we'll open it up to YOUR questions, so you can take a closer look before you leap.
This is the final event of 2014 before Creative Best. Don't miss it!
Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Social Hour 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Presentation 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Get here early and join us upstairs in the Gateway's second floor lobby. Grab some munchies, enjoy the cash bar, and be social.
Parking is easy and costs $1 in the garage right next to the cinema when you validate your ticket inside the Gateway Film Center.
I'm excited for Eric and Beth Bean and the team at CBC as they acquire their new, much larger location. They have been beyond capacity at their existing location and the move will allow them to meet and even exceed demand; allowing them to move into new markets.
Way to go CBC!
Eric Bean and the team at Columbus Brewing Co. made our city proud once again by bringing home two awards at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
Imperial India Pale Ale – 135 entries
Gold: Columbus Brewing Co., Creeper
American-Style India Pale Ale – 279 Entries
Bronze: Bodhi, Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, OH
It's been five years since we started and it's been quite a ride! 2014 has been incredibly full and rewarding. So many fun projects and new clients and partners. I am truly blessed to work with the best. It's about time for a new website with updated work. So here it is, in all of its (finally mobile responsive) glory. Enjoy!
Congratulations Columbus Crew for a well designed and much-neded update to their logo. I'm really happy to see the "construction crew" go away. While some have been critical of the new design, I'm embracing it. American sports franchises like NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA are easy for us to critique, but soccer is an international sport with traditions and emblems most Americans are unfamiliar with. The new Crew badge does a great job bridging the gap and bringing a modern, American spin to an international soccer style. Spacejunk Media did a killer job with their "Badge of Honor" animation for the public unveiling of the logo.
Slagle Design is proud to work with Wendy and Letha at Bake Me Happy, an amazing new bakery in Merion Village (that just happens to be gluten-free). Be sure to stop in for some goodies and coffee at their beautiful new location in Merion Village at 116 E Moler Street, Columbus, OH 43207.
Here are a few articles about their new venture: