We recently had the distinct pleasure to work with the gals at Wine Country Chocolates to help them create a new logo that better expressed their unique, gourmet, hand-made chocolates.
You can see the tasty new logo above on their brand new sign outside their Jack London Village location in Glen Ellen, CA. We look forward to seeing the logo take over their boxes, packaging and other materials.
Our design director Mary found a way to carry over their yellow and black checker pattern used in their previous logo (see the image below:)
However, she freed the checks from their formalized placement by giving them an imperfectly-edged, handmade look just the way their one-of-a-kind chocolate truffles appear. She also made “Chocolate” the focus of the logo while (with the help of Ms. Esme Johnson’s handwriting) giving it an almost drizzled look—almost as if it were written in chocolate sauce. Don’t you just want to take a bite out of it?
If you haven’t tried their truffles before, be sure to stop into one of their locations for a mind-blowing treat. We highly recommend “The Elvis” in all its peanut-buttery and banana-y goodness.
And if you have tried their truffles before, don’t you think it’s time for a second helping? Or a third? Or a fourth . . . ?
Here’s a can’t miss event to add to your calendar—2011 Sonoma Valley Muse celebrating Sonoma Valley patriarch Nicholas Carriger.
Saturday, May 14 at the original Carriger homestead, the Sonoma Community Center will hold its annual fundraiser celebrating another iconic figure in Sonoma Valley history. In true wine country form, the event will be held in the historic barn and will feature world class food and wine. See details below, or visit their site.
We always enjoy the opportunity to create fun, eye-catching designs for the SCC. For this save-the-date card, our Design Director Mary developed a look that borrowed from Carriger’s pioneer era while staying fresh and contemporary.
We were recently tasked by the Sonoma Community Center to develop a graphic and poster to promote their first annual Beervana amateur beer brewing competition. They asked us to create something to expressed the idea of “Nirvana for beer-lovers”—something a bit humorous.
We instantly thought of an effervescent, jolly buddha rising from the frothy bubbles of a divine brew. And a mock beer label was created.
To attain Beervana, one must eliminate all desire and suffering through the tasting and appreciating of hand-crafted beer—and this is best accomplished by attending this sure-to-be-a-blast event. Click here for details.
The Sonoma Community Center is curating a “Trashion” Fashion Show & Exhibit centered around fashions created by Bay Area artists from recycled and found materials. We were inspired by the subject matter to make our own imagery for the posters from a collage of found items and imagery.
Click here to learn more about the April 2 event!
Each year, the Sonoma Community Center selects a prominent character from Sonoma’s history to celebrate as the years’ Sonoma Valley Muse. Past years have been in honor of Jack London, “Big Alma” Spreckels and Robert Lynch. A special event is the focus of the celebration, which raises much needed funds for the treasure of an arts and cultural center that is the Sonoma Community Center.
This year, the honoree is Hanzell Vineyards founder James D. Zellerbach—who also served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy. The Italy connection inspired the theme of this year’s celebration: Roman Holiday!
We were once again happy to help create promotional materials and invitations to spread the word about the wonderful event. You can learn more about this year’s event—and buy tickets—here!
We were delighted to see that Pitchfork—one of our favorite sources for music news and reviews—picked up on Gundlach Bundschu‘s first annual Huichica Music Festival we’re helping to promote:
The Huichica Music Festival comes to Sonoma Valley, California’s Gundlach Bundschu Winery on June 5. Vetiver, Citay, Fruit Bats, and Tussle will all play, and there will be a complimentary wine tasting. Someone needs to make a Sideways sequel about this show, if only so we can watch Thomas Haden Church attempt to hit on freak-folk girls.
We’d explain to them that Sideways didn’t actually take place in Sonoma, except we’re too busy feeling starry-eyed about Pitchfork just talking about Sonoma and Gundlach Bundschu . . . !
To create this album artwork, we started off with an original painting of a piano on fire and added Sarah’s original photography.
We then laid out the album art to develop a cohesive visual representation of the band’s unique music and personality.
The owners of a historic Sonoma Valley restaurant and dance hall enlisted us to overhaul its brand identity in order to attract a fresh clientele.
In the first step toward this end, we created a media kit based around vintage travel posters and postcards to reflect the sense of escape patrons feel upon visiting the Bavarian-themed site.