I stopped by Woodinville Whiskey Co. today just in time to catch them labeling their much-anticipated Limited Release Straight Bourbon. Only two days left to get all 600+ bottles labeled in time for Saturday’s release. Each bottle is carefully wiped clean and dried. Paper labels are applied one-at-a-time on a hand-operated, semi-automatic labeling machine. Then the metal nameplates are applied and finally each bottle number is written in by hand. The labels are looking great and they really come into their own on the bottles. The interplay between the label... Read The Rest →
Here’s a quick update just to show something hot off the press. These sleeves (shown flat) fit snugly around a black gift box, used at the bar for packaging T-shirts, cocktail books, bitters and other swag purchased at the bar. This was a fun exploration of 19th-Century typography styles, including two original illustrations (the book & bitters bottle), and original copy writing – all by Cole Creative. Visit Canon Seattle and take one of these fancy boxes home yourself – you just have to buy something! Includes two cut-it-out-yourself drink... Read The Rest →
Even a casual whiskey drinker can identify a bottle of Jack Daniels, Bulleit or Knob Creek from the silhouette alone. The shapes are distinctive from each other, yet they also share common elements. Many of which carry meaning – some subtle, some not so subtle. The shape of a bottle can say traditional, rugged, refined or modern all by itself. It’s a powerful part of the brand message. I’m currently working with multiple glass suppliers, from Italy to China (and domestic too), to curate a selection of spirits bottles for... Read The Rest →
Yesterday Woodinville Whiskey Co. announced the release of their first ever straight bourbon whiskey. We’re excited to announce our 2013 special release date! On Saturday, December 7th, 2013 we will be releasing our “2013 Limited Collector’s Edition Bourbon.” This special release will be the first 5 barrels of whiskey we ever made at Woodinville Whiskey Co. We have 207 bottles of a bourbon that has rye as the flavoring grain, and 388 bottles of bourbon that has wheat as the flavoring grain. It has been aging in standard sized barrels... Read The Rest →
I can’t tell you how I’ve had to fight for my print specifications in the last year. Feels like I’m pulling teeth. I’m not asking too much – I know what’s available, possible and reasonable. So why is it that all these print shops act like I’m trying to push the envelope (literally, sometimes) when I ask for anything other than white paper, digital CMYK printing and gloss varnish? You’d think I was asking for glow in the dark ink on edible, non-GMO paper. I work with some very talented,... Read The Rest →
I was recently showing an out-of-town guest around our city’s best-loved attractions and found myself at a flea market, standing in front of a huge table, piled three inches deep with authentic soviet-era lapel pins. Amazing. The friendly woman selling them explained that her father used to bring them home for her by the handful after traveling to Russia on business in the 70s and 80s. When viewing the whole mass of them, they aren’t particularly interesting. But upon closer inspection, there are some real gems in the mix. A... Read The Rest →
One of my favorite left/right brain partnerships is paper engineering. I find it terrifically satisfying to invent a new box closure system, wrap, carton, envelope, invitation – what have you – or just create a new twist on a classic closure method. A unique, custom, carton design, in combination with great graphics, can be just the thing to make a package design or product stand out as just a little bit extra special. And sometimes a little bit of special is all you need. The current generation of CAD-controlled, desktop... Read The Rest →
I’m thoroughly enjoying the multi-dimensionality of this little niche and I thought I’d share a few of this morning’s activities which perfectly exemplify what I do and why I love it so. The hardest part of sharing this is right now is the fact that this product is still in development so I can’t show you the “after” photos or even the big-picture conceptual renderings. Those will come soon enough. For now I’ll just share some photos with quick descriptions of this morning’s most interesting developments. Most of my package... Read The Rest →
This is a pro bono piece for local VW club, Cascade Kombis. They put on the best vintage VW show I’ve ever been to. I’m looking forward to attending again this summer. This poster was part of a cohesive promotional package including T-shirt designs, stickers, etc. See the portfolio for related work.
I’m excited to announce some new custom glass bottle designs for my wonderful clients in the spirits industry. Here are a few samples of what we’re up to – all original designs, from sketches to 3D models right here at Cole Creative world headquarters in Seattle. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg, and of course the selected design is still a closely-gaurded, eyes-only, super secret. Look for future custom glass mold designs for beer, wine, spirits, specialty foods and cosmetics.