Hearts of Brooklyn Wine Labels

Hearts of Brooklyn

Red White and Bubbly’s Adam Goldstein hired ERA404 to design the labels for three new wines: The Hearts of Brooklyn Series. ERA404 previously designed the packaging for Brooklyn Wine Company’s Feliz Label Collection and Sparkling White, Altamira’s Sangiovese, and for Pangea’s Sparkling Natural Spring Water.

Illustration for the new pieces was provided by Ryan Seslow. The designs have been applied to packaging, posters, and billboards around Brooklyn.

Tattly Uncharted Collection Set

Tattly Uncharted Collection Set - Original Photo

Tattly made me (quasi) internet famous.

Tattly Founder/CEO and friend, Tina Roth-Eisenberg, reached out to me over the summer and asked me a strange question. She wanted to know if I played any of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games and knew of the game’s main character, Nate Drake. You look a bit like him, she said.

With the help of Nic-Annette Miller‘s Art Direction and Ace Boothby‘s photography, you’ll recognize a familiar jawline on the collection packaging.

Get yourself a set from the Tattly shop.

Drew Estate Cigar Box Tape

My fascination with cigar boxes spans nearly the length of my life. One of my first pencil boxes in elementary school was a cigar box, though I don’t recall the brand. Through my youth, cigar boxes were stacked on my father’s workbench, corralling errant bolts and unmatched screws, oblivious to the wonders inside. And last weekend at a wedding, the betrothed couple gave gifts to their groomsmen, concealed in elegantly crafted wooden cigar boxes. This wonderment naturally increased when I found an enjoyment of cigars, it’s true. Though not significantly.

This is a strip of cigar box tape from Drew Estate. You may recognize their name because of their popular brand of Acid cigars. The tape is die-cut to a certain length, like postage stamps, and designed to be cut from a dispenser. Ostensibly, it seals a cigar box to help maintain humidity and prevent tampering and contamination. But the tape unmistakably serves the same purpose as the object it binds: to enhance the beautiful mystique of the cigar box.

NEST: Smart and Beautiful

Beautiful, utilitarian product design has always thrilled me. Dyson is my idol and half the products I see over at the Swissmiss blog leave me drooling. Take a look at this new device, billed as the world’s first Learning Thermostat.

Nest learns from your temperature adjustments, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. You can control the thermostat from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and Nest never stops learning, even as your life and the seasons change.