Archive for February, 2011



Garland of Names

Monday, February 28th, 2011

These photographs by Maria Ikonomopoulou are absolutely breathtaking! Originally for an exhibit in 2006, the shapes are actually names cut from paper. I adore the simulated waterfall effect and the concept of being clothed in names of loved ones is brilliant.

This idea would make for a beautiful backdrop for an alter at a wedding or even a photo booth at a birthday party!



Well Branded: Girl Scouts

Friday, February 25th, 2011



Images via: Original Champions of Design

In honor of the delicious Girl Scout Cookies that are undoubtedly making their way into our homes as we speak, I thought I’d share the most recent re-branding from Original Champions of Design (OCD). Since being founded in 1912, the Girl Scouts logo has maintained an iconic three leafed Trefoil but it wasn’t until the late 70’s that Saul Bass redrew it to include the positive-negative faces we’re all so familiar with.

The modernized version of the logo, by OCD, carefully simplifies and modernizes the girl silhouettes. The hair and faces were updated without loosing the charm of the original mark. Even the color green got a face lift and the type was set in all lowercase for more approachability.

My favorite expression of the brand are the patterns and textures that were created using elements from the mark. It’s a brilliant way to bring the brand to life while adding a sense of depth and whimsy to the collateral. Now, if only the packaging could get some TLC, it’d be a fantastic! Check out OCD for more images and an in depth look at their process behind the GSUSA re-branding.



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Thursday, February 24th, 2011



Cranky Pressman Coasters

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


Images via Parliament of Owls

What’s not to love about these brilliantly illustrated and letterpressed Cranky Pressman Coasters? This self promotional piece was designed by Parliament of Owls and printed by Cranky Pressman.

Via: For Print Only


I’ve been trying to think of a new section to add to Twig & Thistle to keep things exciting and fresh here. The latest “Well Branded” series, where I highlight some of my favorite brands and identities, seems to be a big hit so I thought I’d try a new series called “Well Sent”. Well Sent will feature invitations, announcements and general correspondence in an attempt to celebrate one of our oldest forms of communication.

Our inaugural feature goes to this lovely wedding invitation for Christina and Bryan letterpressed and designed by Rabe + Company. Inspired by the wedding location, an old factory, and a few of the couples favorite restaurants, the invitation picks up some distinctive details.

I love the mix of bold type paired with classic filigree. The format is completely unexpected and modern for a wedding invite all while celebrating a times past.

Via: Inspired Bride