Category Archives: Graphic Design

New Work: Broken Homme

One of our favorite photographers right now has to be the team behind Broken Homme – so we were super proud to do their new website. Broken Homme is actually a leather boot company, and their style is on-point and so sultry – and we’re not just talking about the photos. Their boot collection, dropping this Fall, is shaping up to be one of the finest lines of footwear we’ve seen in a hot minute.

When we heard they were in need of a kick-ass website to show off their collection, friends & happenings, we sprung at the opportunity to pull out all the web magic we know and create something fresh, clean and stylish. What we ended up with is a website that really builds off the clarity & attention-grabbing nature of full-screen background websites.

Utilizing Video clips and Photo Slideshows (which the boys shot & edited) as the backdrop to the site, we created something that grabs your attention and reels you in. With this as the main focus, we worked hard to keep all the text out of your face, and created a system where text is almost invisible until you hover over it, and decide to read about what you’re seeing.

We’re super stoked with the results and are very proud to share the work we’ve been doing with you. And above all, we’re super pleased to have gotten a chance to collaborate with the Broken Homme team – we know they’re headed for big things, and opportunities like this are a dime-a-dozen.

Check out the site in it’s full glory here:

Invisible Monsters Remix!

Chuck Palahniuk – The man, the myth, the legend. Whether or not you explicitly know his work, you know his work. Being the author of such classics as Fight Club, Choke, Survivor, Snuff, etc… His literary work has a deep basis in film, and video culture, and as a consequence, many of his books have become movies, and many more of his books are slated to become movies.

This cross-media nature to Chuck’s work, makes this new endeavor all the more exciting. His SMASH hit – and our favorite book of his – Invisible Monsters, is slated to be re-released as a “REMIX” edition come this june. From the press release:

“Injected with new material and special design elements, Invisible MonstersRemix fulfills Chuck Palahniuk’s original vision for his 1999 novel, turning a daring satire on beauty and the fashion industry into an even more wildly unique reading experience. Laced in are new chapters of memoir and further scenes with the book’s characters. Readers will jump between chapters, reread the book to understand the dissolve between fiction and fact, and decipher the playful book design.”

Remix culture has had a slow creep over the last 15-20 years, and with the introduction of new tools, that allow for faster, better and more reliable creative output, it’s hard to believe this creep has any boundaries. And we’re super excited to see that remixing has finally landed on non-digital shores.

We can not wait to check out this incredible concept, and see if it flys or falls flat. Either way, it’s the dawning of a new era, and we’re excited!

Find out more & check out Chucks’ tour dates here: Chuck Palahniuk

TAVIK: Visionaries Return

TAVIK Clothing and Humble Giants have had a great working relationship over the last 3 years; as the creative team behind the TAVIK brand, we’ve designed soft goods, tee graphics, advertising creative, catalog layout, and more recently, a beautiful line video & stoic photo shoot.

Our work with TAVIK shines a light on what we do best: translating a brands vision across different mediums and languages. Whether we’re designing a new set of tees, or creating advertising, or concepting new initiatives, our focus has always been on telling TAVIK’s story, in TAVIKs language. Through grueling work deadlines to creative breakthroughs, we’ve forged a consistent voice for TAVIK that is helping them reap rewards in the ever-growing, and changing, clothing industry.

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New Work: Yana Tutunik Artist Site

Recently we got the privilege of working with one of our most favorite artists, Yana Tutunik. Her work spans across many mediums, seamlessly moving from collage to illustration – sculpture to video – performance to writing.

She asked us to build her a website, and we were thrilled at the possibilities. After an initial design that functioned almost as a piece of art itself, we went back to the drawing board to put together something Yana could actually use to promote herself. Of importance to Yana was the idea of sequencing and being able to see multiple works at once. Devising a plan to create horizontal rows of her work, we ended up with a simply beautiful horizontal scrolling website. We even customized it a bit – re-mapping the vertical mouse/pad scroll to a horizontal movement. This seamlessness allows users to literally flow through her work, seeing all relevant works together – bringing the narrative to life.

Please check out Yana Tutunik’s beautiful work here:

Lightweight Stacey

There are many, MANY, Content Management System (or CMS) websites/applications out there. From the ubiquitous WordPress, to the artsy Cargo Collective, to the user-friendly Cushy CMS and the business-geared Shopify. All of these services provide something that, just a few years ago, was out of reach for most people: easy website building.

As the blog model became a bigger and bigger influence over our daily lives & national culture (remember Livejournal?), “normal” people started picking up the publication mantle and began creating their own “blogs”. For years, most people put a distinction between a blog and a website – although in all technical senses the two are identical. But as our media culture became saturated with blogger celebs like Perez Hilton, we stopped seeing the difference and early adopters began modding their blogs to the hills and back. Eventually WordPress opened up their template system, allowed for multiple page themes, and ka-boom—here we are.

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Matter Magazine: For Men that Matter

Matter is a new biannual publication, from the team behind Kilimanjaro, that records the ways in which new and developing technology affects culture, lifestyle, fashion, and the arts.

Created by the studio behind the acclaimed arts and culture magazine Kilimanjaro, Matter shares the former’s curatorial approach to design and content. Designed to appeal to a consumer eager to tap into an ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated world, with particular regard to the twin disciplines of high-end design and culture.

These days there’s definitely no shortage of blogs/magazines geared at Men & Geek-culture, but that doesn’t mean any of them are quality. Sure there are more than a few publications with epic editorials, beautiful photography and intriguing articles — but they all seem to fall short in one way or another. Even my current favorite mag, Fantastic Man, seems to be missing key culture in it’s pages.

This is why Matter is really exciting to me — it promises to be a pitch perfect mix of real world tech, and conceptual discussions about our ever-changing culture. This second part is what seems to be missing from nearly all publications out there (save 032c). How do these changes affect us in a day-to-day matter, but also how is our world changing (in the greater sense) because of our daily actions?

I’ve signed up for my subscription, and I’m really excited to get my first copy soon.

via Swiss Legacy

p.s, thanks to me taking forever to actually post this article, you all get an extra little video about the making of Matter. Short, Sweet and Sexy. enjoy!

Matter Magazine in Production

Hot tropical jam

Goldroom killing it again on this seductive remix:

Poolside – Do You Believe (Goldroom Remix) by Goldroom

His future was so BRIGHT he had to wear shades

Sharkweek is taking over the airwaves and hearts of America… Why not let loose further and jump on the bandwagon with some exciting bio-reality crime news?! In case you aren’t familiar with this case, D.B. Cooper is the nut case who hijacked a plane and parachuted out with 200,000 in ransom, all in a blinding storm over the Pacific Northwest. AND escaped until now!

James Victore

Pretty aggressive, but also really insightful. James Victore cuts through the bullshit and talks about the design business in a real way. It’s rare to see, but beautiful when done well. Bravo.

via Monsieur Bandit

Bikes Win!

In a race from Burbank to Long Beach, the WolfPack Hustle (bicycle crew) won over a Jetblue Airplane

For those of you who missed out this weekend, Carmageddon rocked happened in Los Angeles. Out of all the hooplah, the BEST thing to happen was the Bike versus Airplane race. Jetblue decided to offer 4 $4 flights from Burbank to Long Beach during Carmageddon – offering you the chance to fly over all the traffic “problems”. The news of this spread quickly and sparked an interest in the notorious Wolfpack Hustle – Los Angeles’ premier speed-based bicycle crew. They decided to challenge Jetblue and see who would win from Burbank to Long Beach.

The results are in and the bikes have handedly whooped Jetblue. YES!!

Don’t forget, on Twitter it’s #FLIGHTvsBIKE

read more at LAist

Making Britain Modern

Making Britain Modern
July 20th – October 30th 2011
Design Museum London

Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific career spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.

In 1972 Grange, together with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky established Pentagram, a world renowned multi-disciplinary design consultancy. More recently, in the 1990s, Grange has produced distinctive designs that have become part of our landscape, from the Adshel bus shelter in 1993 to the Rural Post box for Royal Mail in 1998.

Wish I was in London for such a promising show. Grange’s work spans so many industries and mediums, and his unique visions have always been an inspiration. I mean, he invented the look of Kodak cameras. That’s not huge, that’s MONSTROUS.

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Michael Dweck

Michael Dweck was born in Brook­lyn, raised on Long Island, and stud­ied fine arts at the Pratt Insti­tute. From there, Dweck began his career in adver­tis­ing in which he went on to become a highly regarded Cre­ative Direc­tor.

see more of Michael Dweck

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Klotz Type Experiment

This alphabet created by Marc Böttler combines all these elements to produce a fantastic wooden typeface.

via Ignant

the Humble Giants

News from a Little Hill is a platform for Showcases, Rarities, Editorials, News & Thoughts from (and about) Humble Giants.

We are Humble Giants; a creative faction working in Advertising, Design & Film. With two multi-skilled principles, Mark Powell & Daniel Lucas, we employ a wide range of partners and collaborators that gives us the strength of a massive team. This flexibility allows us to adjust in size dependent on the given scope and budget of any project.

News from a Little Hill (NFALH) is a dispatch from Humble Giants as a unified voice. What interests us, what we’re looking at, reading, watching, listening to. The people influencing us, the products we hold near. All of this, plus some missives about our own work out in the world, is what NFALH is all about.

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