20180905

* Travel / Design : Drink More Rum! Lyon Distilling Co. / Saint Michaels, Maryland //



* Took an awesome summer road trip to Saint Michaels, Maryland to visit long time patron Lyon Distilling Co. Enjoyed doing “research” drinking lots of rum cocktails, eating tons of crab and sailing out to catch the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Races. Also spent time touring the distillery and photographing recently designed new products. Jaime Windon owner and her sister Jessi, as well as, the rest of the knowledgable, fine folks at Lyon Distilling Co. were a joy to spend time with. They’re a hard-working, passionate bunch doing some amazing, innovative distilling. I’m honored to be part of the team working with them since the beginning creating all of the branding through six years of growth. Stop by for a visit and pick up some spirits if you ever find yourself on the Eastern Shore //

1. Lyon Distilling Co., Saint Michaels, Maryland, The Old Mill
2–3. Lyon Distilling Co., Saint Michaels, Maryland
4. LDC Coffee Rum Liqueur, Rock & Rum design Funnel : Eric Kass
5. Lyon Distilling Co., Tasting Room
6. LDC CuraƧao design Funnel : Eric Kass
7. LDC 50ml liqueur labels / barrel head logo design Funnel : Eric Kass
8. Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Races
9. Saint Michaels, Maryland Post Office
10 –13. Ticklers Crab Shack, Tilghman Island, Maryland
14. Foxy’s Harbor Grille, Saint Michaels, Maryland

20180414

* Design : Bigger Picture Show 9 - Gattaca Poster //


* Excited to have been invited to participate in the 9th annual Bigger Picture Show recreating the movie poster for Gattaca. The 1997 futuristic sci-fi thriller about a world where genetic engineering is used to perfect the human species has always been one of my favorites. This years show theme was movies from the 90s and posters were available by silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the Indy Film Fest. The Bigger Picture Show is an annual fundraiser created and curated by Lodge Design to support a shared experience around film//

20180325

* Travel : American Sign Museum //













* Finally visited the amazing American Sign Museum the last time I was in Cincinnati, Ohio and was overwhelmed with the awesome collection. Shot at ton of photos and a video to share with everyone but highly recommend you go check it out in person... historical, educational and simply beautiful. Really appreciate that they are rescuing and resurrecting these expertly crafted works of sign art preserving and protecting them for us all. See a few more photos and the video at Ephemerotica.com where I share my personal collection of vintage inspiration for folks with a passion for printing, typography, design and history //

20180306

* Travel : Willet Distillery Barrel Tasting //



* Took a short drive down I-65 to Bardstown, Kentucky to meet my patron from Houston, Texas – Indianola Distilling Co. and friends who were in town doing distillery tours and tastings. Really enjoyed the warming experience going barrel to barrel sipping a variety of astounding small batch whiskeys in the brisk rickhouses of Willet Distillery with some folks who really know their stuff. Fantastic information and inspiration for all of the distillery branding and packaging that’s happening in the Funnel : Eric Kass studio//

20180304

* Published : Moo Blog - Inspiration Article //

* pleased to have my new Funnel : Eric Kass branding and work for Forget Computers, So Good Mojo Co. , Lyon Distilling Company, Waxing Kara Honey House featured in an article on the moo.com blog // Full Article » For these 3 Designers, Fonts Come First

20180113

* Design : Funnel Gold Metal Business Card //


* New Funnel : Commercial Art identity featuring gold business cards made from .5 mm stainless steel with matte brass finish and screen printed black plus chemically etched artwork/holes. Can you guess what the configuration of holes represent? Email me your guess and contact information if you would like me to mail you a card//

* Design : Pour Your Heart Into It //


* Cheers to good spirits and distilling dreams in 2018! So appreciate everyone’s support, interest, shares, likes and commissions which make my dream possible. Excited about new creative collaboration opportunities so reach out if you are interested in working together. Visit my redesigned & totally updated site F U N N E L.T V with new photos of classic work & a bunch of exciting new work on the way! wishing everyone a happy, healthy & productive new year!//

20171121

* Design : Tailored Twig Video Book Promo //

* Recently designed a nifty video book promo ( that fits right in on my shelf of books ) for the amazing Darin Bahl owner/creative guru at Tailored Twig Floral and Design Studio. Darin commissioned me to create his brand way back in 2012 and he has been an inspiration/pleasure to collaborate with ever since building out the brand as his business has blossomed. See everything from letterpress business cards/tags and engraved letterhead to custom brass and steel signage in the Tailored Twig case study on my site. Since the beginning his loyal companion Winthrop has been our muse and shows up prominently in the film Darin produced for this piece with an embedded screen featuring the film and a slide show complete with sound and controls. This beautiful, innovative and interactive piece is definitely a unique, memorable way to tell their story//

20171116

* Design : New Funnel Commercial Art Brand //


* New Funnel Commercial Art brand in the works ( short run of test cards with metallic gold from moo.com ) custom die-cut metal cards to come! — funnel.tv in transition and more fun stuff and new work on the way in the new year! //

20171001

* Design : Brand in Hand – The Art of the Business Card Book //









* A few years ago, after being published in a stack of books over the years, I was honored and excited to be commissioned by Rockport publishers to author/design/edit the tenth installment of their Best of Business Card Design series. Unfortunately after retitling and designing the book, gathering, editing and photographing business card submissions from around the world and asking several experienced high profile designers to contribute essays about business cards the project was permanently shelved. I’ve always thought the book was going to be amazing and wish some form of it could still happen. Featured in these layouts are business cards that I’ve designed over the years that are all part of comprehensive branding/identity commissions. Below is the the introduction I wrote:

“YOU FEEL ME?

Connection: We all desire it. Whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual, personally and professionally, we all need it. Online communication is somewhat of a connection contradiction—sharing intensely but from a distance. We reveal ourselves with ease and efficiency like never before but from behind a screen—wonderful in-depth dialogues and relationships without the limitations of proximity or time but neglecting nuance and palpability. 

A hunger for multidimensional, sensual experiences to enhance and balance our digital life has awakened an appreciation for nostalgic and specialty printing processes, injecting a sense of humanity in the form of wonderful imperfections, limitations, and quirks. From silk-screened concert posters to letterpress printed business cards, hand-crafted printing provides a tangible and physical connection to the communications mix. Ironically, the sharing of photos of finely printed materials online has helped to inspire and educate the public on the variety of printing options available. 

Affordable, easy-to-use technology and access to create and distribute on a global scale has broken down most of the barriers that were previously points of differentiation, creating a saturated market. So what do we have left? Us, brand in hand—the exclusivity of the individual or organization, each one unique and wonderful in its own way. This has never been more apparent or relevant than now when we have access to so many technologies new and old, virtual and physical, with the ability to express our individuality while building communities of understanding. 

The cards selected for this book are tactile objects of desire developed with unique materials, processes, or content creating immersive, personal experiences triggering memories, emotions, and communication that tell a larger story and unquestionably make a connection.” _Eric Kass //

20170901

* Design : Big Pile of Business Cards Designed by Eric Kass //

* Pictured are a few older examples of the many business cards I’ve designed over the years. Each represents one small piece of more comprehensive branding/identity systems. I love experimenting with substrates and printing processes to create truly memorable work. Used here are varying weights and types of paper, canvas, metal, and plastic featuring offset lithography, letter press, silkscreen, engraving, embossing, rubber/foil stamping and die-cutting. The tactical production process and materials not only grab attention but become an integral part of informing the design and telling each unique brand narrative// » click photo to enlarge «

20170513

* Design : Bigger Picture Show 8 - How to Succeed... Poster //


* Excited to have been invited to participate in the 8th annual Bigger Picture Show recreating the movie poster for How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying. The 1967 musical comedy and motto has always reminded me to let go and have fun with my work and business. This years show theme 8 TRAX celebrated movies with music. Posters were available by silent auction at the 1899 in Central State Village on Friday, May 12, with all proceeds benefiting the Indy Film Fest. The Bigger Picture Show is an annual fundraiser created and curated by Lodge Design to support a shared experience around film//

20170115

* Travel : The Switzerland of North America //












* Took a wintery January trip to Denver, Colorado to start off 2017 and meet with the talented Lauren Condell to work on a new, unique, artisanal food delivery brand that is coming soon! Between meetings had a chance to explore Denver shooting photos of vintage signs and scouring vintage stores searching for inspiration. Also had the pleasure of meeting Madeleine, the owner & creative curator extraordinaire of the boutique Sub Rosa Mercantile in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. //

1. Trip Ephemera + Souvenirs
2. Union Station, Denver, Colorado
3. Vintage Brown Palace Hotel matchbook, Denver, Colorado
4 – 6. Sub Rosa Merchantile, Sunnyside, Denver, Colorado
7.  The Mayan Theatre, Denver, Colorado
8. Lakeside Park Amusement Park, Denver Colorado
9 – 12.  Vintage Signage Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado
13. Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado
14. The Denver Turnverein, Denver, Colorado  
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