‘Tis The Season To Tie The Knot

July 26th, 2012

We’re in the heart of wedding season! This is a pretty important time of year for many lucky people. Even though your Facebook may be exploding with wedding albums right now, have you seen any invites? We thought we would take a moment to share some wedding invitations that amaze and inspire us.

The Sci-Fi Movie Wedding Invitation

A very geek-chic take on a wedding invitation and we wish we had been invited!

The Vintage-Inspired Typographical Invite

A wedding invite with nothing but beautiful typography? We’re sold!

The Detail-Savvy Invite

Gorgeous designs and perfect typography with a hint of vintage inspiration, what’s not to love?

Scratched-and-Save The Date

We’re loving the creativity behind this crafty hands-on save-the-date.

The Colorful Organic Wedding Invite


The beautiful gradient of colors makes these pressed invitations even more eye-catching! The see-through envelope is also a nice touch.

The Storybook Invitation

This couple chose a very tasteful way of telling their personal love story. The design and typography is exceptional.

The Crafty Wedding Invite

There’s nothing quite like showing rather than telling. This is such a fun play on words!

What’s the best wedding invite you’ve ever seen?

Worthy Design Roundup From Pinterest

July 23rd, 2012

We’re Pinterest-obsessed! It’s about time we share some of our favorite design finds from our overflowing “Worthy Design” pin board. If you love these creative finds, feel free to follow our pin boards today!

The Hands-On Wedding Invitation

It’s pretty safe to say that handcrafted invitations involving laser cutting, stamping and sewing are not the norm.  That is why we love the heart and soul that went into this invitation design!

Christine and Ian's Wedding

The Smart and Simplistic Coffee Packaging

This simplistic design on Espresso Republic’s Black Goat Coffee packages is certain to please. We love the way the organization the typography plays to the design. It gets straight to the point.

Black Goat Coffee

The Cleverly Packaged Menu Item

The use of whimsical handwriting and colors might not be the best decision for every brand, but Flour Pot Bakery certainly nailed it. Not only is their packaging tastefully adorable, it also features their menu!

Stylish and Sleek Bow Ties

Simple, sleek packaging is changing the way consumers buy products. When you know you have the perfect product, why not use sleek and simple branding to convey the message?

Typographically Inspired Playing Cards

If your normal playing card deck has left you uninspired with its dull design, Helveticards might be the answer you’ve been looking for. We’re dying for a pack!

Feeling inspired? Tell us which design is your favorite!

Etsy!

July 6th, 2012

Etsy Homepage

Whether you’re an avid e-commerce buyer or seller, most would agree that finding the right marketplace for your niche is key.  The leading niche e-commerce marketplace happens to be a fantastic website known as Etsy. Surely you are already aware of Etsy and, like us, have lost yourself for an hour while scrolling through pages of good finds. But if not, it’s time to check it out!

They call themselves “the world’s brightest vibrant handmade marketplace”, and we’re not going to disagree with them. Etsy is a treasure trove of interesting DIY creations and vintage finds with 15 million users in more than 150 countries. Needless to say, their business growth is closely matched with another infamous e-commerce site, eBay.

Online shopping is a weakness we don’t want to admit that we frequently give in to, but as an artist, crafter, thrifter, sewer, photographer or creator, Etsy has become an incredible platform to become more accessible to a new audience. Created in 2005, Etsy’s mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. This means that very small businesses can reach a very big audience. Everyone loves an underdog story and it’s absolutely inspiring to learn that hobby crafters can make more than $25,000 doing something they love on this website.

Here at JB, we love Etsy because it’s easy. We also love supporting small businesses, independent designers and artists. It’s a pretty great feeling to know that you’re purchasing a unique or one-of-a-kind item! Personalized and commissioned pieces are also an important part of the Etsy community and certainly are impressive. Not to mention, the price seems to always be right and most items are very affordable. We can’t forget that Etsy is the perfect place to purchase gifts and get some creative inspirations!

If you think you know all there is about Etsy just because you’ve shopped there, you’re wrong! Thanks to MBA Online , we now have a fantastic infographic to better explain Etsy’s success!

Etsy MBA

June 29th, 2012

We’re definitely on an office-wide decorating craze after recently having some awesome wall graphics installed in our newly renovated space. It’s more than fitting that we post some of the world’s coolest murals. We hope you enjoy!

Gooderham Flat Iron Building in Toronto by Bill Smith

Portrait Murals

Beautiful murals in Brussels by Eliseo Oliveras.

Gallery: The 25 Best Murals Of Summer 2011

Aryz, Civitavecchia, Italy

Gallery: The 25 Best Murals Of Summer 2011

Roa, Paris

Wonder wave: John Pugh's Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu. Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave - before realising it was an optical illusion

John Pugh's Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu.

Liu Bolin & JR NYC Mural Collaboration

Beautiful Mural

Philadelphia murals

Mural by John Lewis in Philadelphia

Dog Gadgets!

June 26th, 2012

Monkey the Welsh Corgi

To honor the four-legged-friend we have in the office today, we figured it would be fitting to feature some of the most fantastic pet gadgets out there!

Hammacher Schlemmer Separation Anxiety Prevention Bed

Hammacher Schlemmer Separation Anxiety Pet Bed

Dogs with close connections to their owners often show symptoms of separation anxiety. This pet bed holds a garment belonging to the owner. The mesh pocket where the garment is kept allows for the proper air circulation to provide the pet with the owner’s calming, familiar scent.

The GoPet Dog TreadWheel

Treadwheel Specs

GoPet TreadWheel

Exercising your dog just got a whole lot easier. This product is basically an oversized hamster wheel. This in-home exercise wheel allows for your pooch to be active in a comfortable setting.

Doggles®

Doggles

Eyewear for dogs might seem a little crazy, but Doggles® might be a necessity to your dog! They protect your dog’s eye from UV rays, dirt and debris. They also look incredibly cool. Would your dog wear them?

GoDogGo Automatic Fetch Machine

GoDogGo Automatic Fetch Machine

Is your dog obsessed with tennis balls? Here is your answer! This awesome machine plays fetch with your dog for you, providing your dog with hours of healthy exercise and enjoyment!

Pet Chime Doggie Doorbell

Pet Chime Doggie Doorbell

Now your dog can actually tell you when he wants to go outside! The Pet Chime allows for a more clear communication channel between you and your pet. It can even be heard from over 100 ft. away! Would your dog use, or abuse this device?

Dogmatic SnackShotz Treat Launcher

Snackshotz

This product turns snack time into playtime! Pulling the trigger launches Discos Flying Dog treats up to 12 feet! Nothing like a little exercise with a meal!

Spotlight™ GPS Pet Locator

This product can be worn on your dog’s collar to track him in case he is ever lost. It allows for the owner to create custom “safety zones” that provide the owner with text message notification or email if your dog leaves the area. It also allows the owner to track the dog’s movements via the web or customer care line. Here’s to never losing your pet again!

Office Designspiration

June 20th, 2012

The recent renovation of our office space has left us pondering about some of the most creative and inspiring offices around the world. Since the office is where many of us spend the majority of our day, it’s safe to say we all share a general interest in creating a unique and comfortable workspace. After sifting through an overwhelming amount of articles and photos of these invigorating office spaces, we chose a few of our favorites!

White Mountain Office in Stockholm, Sweden

100 feet below the surface of Stockholm, this space was once used as an anti-atomic shelter, and is now home to a Swedish ISP internet provider.

The White Mountain Office in Stockholm.

Google Office in Zurich

It should come as no surprise that Google’s Zurich office is absolutely awesome. With swirl slides, game rooms, massage chairs and private cabins, who needs to go home after work?

Google's Zurich Office.

Google's Zurich Office.

Pallotta Teamworks, Los Angeles, CA

Pallotta Teamworks overcame the challenge of housing their growing creative team in their Los Angeles headquarters by creating this stacked pod-like workspace.

Views of the Pallotta Teamworks office.

Pixar Studios, Emeryville, CA

Once again, it’s no surprise to find that Pixar has awesome office spaces!  These creative geniuses inhabit an office that reminds me of a home with it’s dim lightening, assorted knick-knacks and interesting spacial features.

A view of the Pixar office.

Another view of Pixar Studios.

Selgas Cano Architecture Studio, Madrid, Spain

This beautiful office in the woods is the home to a Spanish architecture firm.

SELGAS CANO ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

Selgas Cano Studio in the woods.

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Inside the interesting office space.

Unilever Switzerland Headquarters

Unique and fun! The Unilever headquarters offer many different creative elements in their office spaces.

Unilever offices feature unique work areas.

The Unilever office space.

Happy Birthday WordPress!

May 31st, 2012

Whether we want to admit it or not, WordPress has changed the way we view content on the Internet.  The usability of the website has made the blog site a hub for many people to exercise some creativity and get their word out. The site allows a great amount of design and programming within its capabilities.  If you take the time this can be the go-to place to share your products, messages and thoughts. In fact, we use the medium for our own blogs! Sure, we all have our moments when we want to stab our computer screen trying to adjust a picture in the blog, but there are some great examples of how it is used properly.  To celebrate its ninth birthday, which took place on May 27, here are some images of my favorite WordPress websites:

Creative artist hosts a hub of his music ambitions featuring interesting design and up front images of his new album

This website provides a new designer every day with a scroll-through portfolio. Great creatives!

We love her jokes, but we LOVE her website! Great branding and voice.

Fun corporate blog from everyone’s favorite daily deal website

Another interesting database of creative design portfolios

****UPDATE: As a side note, this post took more than 20 minutes to post and size images. So anything we said nice about WordPress we say very, VERY bitterly.

Some funky and unique website designs that we love:

May 29th, 2012

Here at JB Chicago, we love learning about the latest creative initiatives taking place across the web. Whether you’re looking for some website design inspiration or just want to “oo” and “awe” at fantastic design, here is a list of some well-designed websites.

Timothee-Roussilhe Portfolio

This portfolio is both classy and fun. It offers an unmatched interactive experience for the viewer.

Mini

Want to experience a Mini, inside and out? This website does just that and more. It’s sleek and incredibly enticing.

Pimkie Color Forecast

This fashionable website boasts a youthful, clean and modern look that gets straight to the point. It is incredibly user-friendly and highly organized.

Shoshorov

Another portfolio that is sweet on the eyes. The retro-modern appeal clearly mimics the designer’s abilities and inspires interest in viewers.

Bones Brigade Djs

Attractive and straight to the point, this event website allows for users to easily access the information they are seeking while being extremely cool.

Castor

Talk about high-quality and unique! Castor cleverly places their links in the image on their homepage. The zoom effect is now only eyebrow-raising, but incredibly entertaining.

Twenty8Twelve

Nothing is more pleasing than seeing a website that matches a product. Twenty8Twelve does just that. The interactive user experience of this website matches the fashion collection held within: Flawless.

Vlog

Visually enticing is an understatement. This website is a whole other realm of amazing. Effortlessly organized and visually pleasing.

Lost Type

This is the most enticing font website I have ever seen. Everything looks good! The dashing appearance allows users to fully experience typefaces.

Tattoos: The future of marketing?

May 23rd, 2012

As a recent college graduate, my friends and I have joked casually about the many ways that we could acquire money to quickly pay off our student loan debts. One of our jested ideas involved receiving tattoos (real or temporary) from companies that wanted us to be their walking billboards. Little did I know that this marketing/advertising/public relations endeavor had already been in use and was rather successful! Not everyone is a fan of tattoos, but it seems that they are becoming more socially and professionally acceptable each year. Could this be the future of marketing, advertising and public relations? Here are some interesting examples of the many ways that tattoos are being used for promotional efforts:

Chanel Temporary Tattoos

In 2010, Chanel released their own lavished temporary tattoos to the public. They were sold in packs of 55 for £49, which is about $78. Chanel brought temporary tattoos back to the catwalk this year for Chanel 2012/2013 Cruise Collection at Chateau de Versailles. There has been no word on whether these tattoos will be available for purchase.

Thierry Mugler’s Latest Tattooed Fashion Muse: Rick Genest

Many know Rick Genest as Zombie Boy for the corpse tattoo that covers  most of his body. The Canadian artist turned fashion model gained world-wide media attention through his Facebook page which gained over a million followers. He is the latest muse of MUGLER and can be seen in their 2011 Autumn/Winter men’s collection, Vogue Hommes Japan, GQ Style (UK) and in Lady Gaga’s video for “Born This Way”.

Air New Zealand

In 2009, 30 people were chosen to shave their heads and receive henna tattoos stating, “Need a change? Head down to New Zealand.” The people chosen in their efforts to create cranial billboards were awarded a round-trip ticket to New Zealand ($1,200) or $777 (an allusion to the Boeing 777 airplane). Picked for their ability to be fantastic brand ambassadors, the individuals were either expatriates or had previously been to New Zealand and were interested in returning.

Volvo

Volvo utilized tattoos by creating a fictional character whose tattoos spelled out the coordinates of an undersea location of $50,000 in gold coins and the keys to a new car. This tattoo promotion was a unique attempt to help get people to think differently about the brand.

The Human Billboard


Boxer Billy Gibby, aka “The Human Billboard”, is going for a Guinness World Record for the most corporate logos tattooed on a human body. In 2010, Billy had 26 sponsored tattoos on various locations of his body. On his blog he lists the advertising prices for size and location of the tattoo. The highest price is set at $20,000 for a 6” by 1” tattoo on his forehead.

Interested in offering your body to advertisers? Learn more about the advertisement tattoo phenomenon at Leaseyourbody.com. This website connects advertisers with people who want to be paid for sporting tattoo advertisements.

Product Packaging Never Looked So Clever

May 16th, 2012

It would be an understatement to say that creativity within the marketing, advertising and branding community is at an all-time high. With an abundance of products coming into the marketplace each day, it’s no surprise that there is a constant creative race to generate the most appealing, enticing and efficient product packaging. Now more than ever before, companies and their customers are expecting product packaging to be as unique as the product itself. Building your brand’s identity has never looked so fresh, fun and eco-friendly. Here are 10 creatively packaged products:


The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag features sandwich-thief repelling mold spots

Hanger Tea Bags are easily hung from your mug.

Pop-Up Popcorn. Popcorn that is geometrically attractive and edible.

Babee’s  Honey, because the bee’s natural packaging has always been aesthetically pleasing.

help™ uses their packaging to get straight to the point.

Rellana Wool. This fun and mildly creepy packaging is sure to grab the customer’s attention.

Kleenex, because who doesn’t want to blow their nose with a tissue pulled from a juicy piece of fruit?

Breakfast Aid brings efficient and attractive packaging to the breakfast nook.

Fridgeezoo knows that adorable packaging is enticing to both adults and children.