From the Studio

NYC is our home

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As Passion & Poison Studio, we are proud to be a team that lives, works and breathes NYC.

Being a diverse, passionate studio that includes different backgrounds and nationalities, we are happy that the P&P team encompasses all three New Yorks that E.B. White has eternalized:

“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable.

Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night.

Third, there is New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these trembling cities, the greatest is the last—the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements.

Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion.

And whether it is a farmer arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs

New York with the fresh yes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company.”

E.B. White

Finally, since we love this quote so much, we have also created a new wallpaper for it. Even better, it’s downloadable.

So elevate your computer (or iPhone) screen, check out the download (Or our previous one)

Download Sizes:

5120×2880

2560×1440

1920×1080

1440×900

iPhone 6

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Music is the Message: Vinyl Cover Art

With SXSW around the corner, everyone is talking about the “Vinyl Revival”.  Vinyl sales have steady been on the rise for the last 10 years, accounting for 24% of all music revenue and moving over 12 million units in 2015.  For many of us this isn’t a trend, it’s always been there as part of our lives. Vinyl has withstood the test of time, and with that the art of the vinyl cover, too. In fact, we can even say that vinyl art is the message to a certain degree.

From gatefolds to Japanese 45 picture sleeves, vinyl cover art stood on its own. Unlike CDs, tapes and digital downloads, the vinyl cover is something to be cherished, placed on display, even framed and hung; not merely tossed into a bin in your garage or storage unit.  Vinyl cover art leaves an impression on you.  After hours of digging in dusty record stores or flea market crates, you come across that one album, you know it has some gems on it but even more importantly, visually it hits you like ton of bricks.  Suddenly it’s all worth it.

Vinyl cover art tells a story, not just about the music, but also about the era in which it was conceived.  It speaks of culture, fashion, the socio-political climate, and emotions of the time.  From the sensual, sexy covers of the Ohio Players to the colorful psychedelics of Eddie Hazel and Jimi Hendrix to the politically driven covers of Fela Kuti, each piece gives a glimpse into what was happening in the world. 

Our Creative Director had the pleasure of curating an in depth visual exploration of vinyl cover art through the ages.  Above are several excerpts from that exhibition.  The curation is based on themes and that becomes obvious as you delve in to the images.

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Miguel Talks New USA Soccer Team Logo

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Our Production Director, Miguel, shares his feelings on the new USA National Soccer Team crest/logo redesign.

Objectively:

It is good to see a re-branding well done especially with the recent fiascos that we seemed to be surrounded with, such as the recent “The Met” re-brand or even more heartfelt one like the new Uber logo. 

The graphic direction here is very “American” and on trend. I guess it is somehow good to see that there is a direction that tries to go beyond the sport itself and meets the actual visual identity of the country; however, this means that there is something missing that connects the crest with the sport or with the country’s team itself. In other words, if this was a patch on the arm of a soldier or if this was on a baseball jersey it would still be a great crest… not a football (editor’s note; Miguel means “soccer” here. Being a Colombian, his idea of football will always be the one that’s actually played with feet!) crest. 

The typography (90′) is very well done and the variety of weights and its readability makes it a great graphic asset. In addition, like in many other areas of design, flat design has taken over some of the most important re-brand projects in the past years. It is not only cleaner; but also, it is better for implementation on all the electronic devices and platforms that we now all use.

For example:

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To clarify, I am not saying that, it is necessary to be as literal as the Long Island Rough Riders (below) but it is somehow necessary to have a hint of “patriotism” and a sense of owning the sport, itself … Especially for a country like USA that is so very patriotic and passionate about its teams.

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Subjectively:

Personally I never liked the previous U.S. Logo because it reminded me of the 1994 World Cup so… good f’ing riddance! Nevertheless and beyond my personal bad-football-memories I don’t see football in this new USA logo, I see a sharp design, a nice brand identity and good looking merchandise (I would definitely consider getting the new scarf). 

Perhaps it is because I’m not used to teams changing their logos that I feel that lack of identity in the new USA logo. I personally don’t like my team’s logo (below) but i would never change it because it is part of my identity, it would be like if my country one day decided to change the colors of the flag. 

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Not to go too far, here are some recognizable football logos that most likely won’t change for a good while because they just became an emblem of the sport and the country or city they represent. Even if they are not the best design in the world… they are football.

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Desktop Wallpaper Series: V.1

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As designers, we believe creating desktop and mobile wallpapers is a great way to perfect our craft and explore new and fun techniques.  We are happy to introduce the P&P Studio Desktop Wallpaper Series, in which we will be sharing new designs and images for you to enjoy on your own devices.

Download Sizes:

5120×2880
2560×1440
1920×1080
1440×900
iPhone 6

Cheers!

 

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Studio Must-Haves: Lance Pilgrim

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Here our Creative Director Lance Pilgrim provides us with a quick glimpse at some of his everyday favorites. 

With passion for art and design being at the core of his character, his style and personal aesthetics manifest themselves in what he keeps in his bag on a daily basis. 

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What’s in a label?

We believe it’s important to come to work looking forward to it and feeling excited for the day that’s ahead of you.

We all do that here by having a smart and strategic approach to our projects and having fun along the way.

Through these fun moments, we find our mission and vision on a daily basis. Our Maker’s Mark label was just one of those that was born in a moment of group think!

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