3 New Stompbox Designs from Dang! Creative

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Last few weeks I’ve been working on a little stompbox project. I designed three stompbox shells and will be building them out over the next few weeks. Here we have an Octave Divider, an Overdrive and an Octave Fuzz. The Octave Divider will be built from an original circuit designed by The Valve Wizard, while the Overdrive and Octave Fuzz will be clones of vintage pedals.

These will be pedals made almost entirely by scratch. I’ve etched the circuit boards and have been soldering the components in place. I’ll be posting images as the project progresses. I’m in the box-finishing stage now – one thing of note, is that a friend of mine with an auto body shop was kind enough to help me with the finishes. They look really fantastic.  I should be sanding them and applying the decals today.
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Cycling Jerseys

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Here’s a pair of cycling jerseys I did for a local bike shop here in Ventura, CA. The idea was to do one retro jersey and one that had more of an event vibe going on. The Great Wave jersey was also intended it be kind of “ladies” version, but a lot of the guys liked that one as we. I picked the Hokusai image to sort of represent the seaside feel of Ventura as well as pay homage to one of my artists in the process. A colleague of mine pointed out the the retro jersey had the same colors as the ’55 Bel Air.

Cycling jerseys designed by Dang! Creative Services in Ventura County

This was a project of which I was really excited to be a part. Being an avid cyclist for pretty much my whole life, it was really great to do a job that was rooted in something that I really love. The best part is that the jerseys were a success! The client sold out of them and ended up buying another design which he has yet to have printed. I’ll update as soon as I get one.

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Photo Film Screenprint Series by Jerome Daksiewicz

Photo Film Screenprint Series

WOW! Here’s a beautiful series of screen prints on Kickstarter almost taylor-made for photo and design geeks alike! Jerome Daksiewicz set out to pay homage to the glory days of film’s yesteryear by working to create this series of prints based on old film boxes. There are still some spaces for $30 backers left.

The Photo Film prints are 11″x14″ serigraphs on 100# paper from the French Paper Co. in Niles, Michigan. Screen printing will be handled by VGKids in Ypsillanti, Michigan. Prints will be stamped and signed on the back, rolled and shipped in a heavy-duty kraft tube. Final print colors will slightly vary from what’s shown on screen.

Click here to view original web page at www.kickstarter.com

The Influence of Colour in Brand Identity

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Laura Hussey, partner and creative director at London-based SomeOne writes about the influence of color in brand identity. Color is one of the most overlooked and underutilized piece of the brand puzzle, and for some reason, the power of color to convey mood and define a brand is often completely forgotten.

Hussey writes:

A study of the world’s top 100 brands (defined by brand value) saw 95% use only one or two colours. 33% of those top brands would like to think they own the colour blue, and 29% think red is their colour. It suddenly becomes irrelevant, it’s what you do with it that counts. Why be limited?

 

It’s a quick read and a good primer about color and how color relates to building a recognizable and memorable brand. I recommend it for those of you who are considering designing a logo for your business.