The end all be all of the hoity toity world of fly fishing is the dry fly. For the uninitiated, this is the quintessential methodology to subdue a rising trout. An often overlooked piece of this delicious puzzle is that of the fly dressing or floatant. Few advancements have been made in floatants in many moons. The category is inundated with a brand attitude and product assortment on par with wart removers. That’s where High Horse Fly Dressing kicks into high gear. HH helps your fly ride high in the water column with the added accoutrements such as UV, or scent infusion. In a sport where the participants have the darndest reputation for taking themselves, and their pursuit a bit too seriously, we’re proud to have engineered a new brand from the ground up. So step on up to your High Horse and rub it on!
We had the pleasure of creating some custom graffiti work for Joel Pilger of Impossible and his ReKnew project featuring Greg Boyd. Hitting the abandoned Fruen Mill site in north Minneapolis with our pieces was a bit creepy, it felt like a scene right out of an episode of Scooby-Doo. The video was shot by the boys at Telegraph Studios. Check out their killer B-Roll promo piece as well. Nice job fellas! I felt compelled to throw down a few Adrift™ tags as well just for good measure. I’m sure the other graffiti writers will be wondering WTF when they break into the mill and see the HouseFly!
A little black coffee, and a nice feature of our Stain Solver rebrand from the good people at the Dieline to start off our Monday.
High fives to our friends at Stain Solver and team Labor!
You say BAKERY, I say BIKERY. Bikes and waffles go together like peas and carrots. We’re deep in the trenches working on a new branding effort for baking and cycling wizard Oliver Vrambout and his killer WaffleVan. Coming to a race near you…
A rebrand effort is well underway for our friends at the MNCPA. We’ve been designing conference materials for them for a number of years. This is our first crack at doing some branding work, in addition to the usual print collateral and website development. They’re overdue for a shout out from team Labor.
Sure doughnuts may not be the most healthy choice for breakfast, and are wholly inappropriate for high end culinary inspiration, but there’s no questioning their appeal. I’ve always been partial the Krispy Kreme variety (amongst others). I love the textural quality of the freshly fried dough dipped in sugary goodness.
It’s with this in mind, that we approached a new round of business cards for our long time compatriots at Cooks of Crocus Hill. I’ve often joked with Cooks for years that I’ve designed everything imaginable for them except business cards.
The idea of thermography had been on “the list” for awhile, just sitting there waiting for the right opportunity. In my book thermography gets a bad rap, often being associated with the cheap and “undesigned” handouts from the ubiquitous small businesses of the world. The “creative types” often go for the beautiful and passe qualities of letterpress or screen printing. For the Cooks cards we wanted a thick field of thermonuclear love.
I wanted these bad boys to look like they’d been dipped in the dip cone tank at DQ, though they look eerily like a square of Neopolitan just begging for the scoop. Is that such a bad thing? There’s nothing quite like the decision when staring down the open box, do you go Chocolate or Strawberry? Forget the Vanilla in the middle, it’s not a real flavor it’s just white space.
A Labor of Love. Our buddy Karl has been killing it this year, after many years of preaching the LifeRecipe gospel. If you’ve seen the Andrew Zimmern Health Partners / YumPower spots on TV the last few months, then you can appreciate his efforts (it’s a spin-off of our core LifeRecipe program).
We finally got around to developing a proper interactive sales app for LR (amongst other marketing pieces). Live better, my friends.
Man what a run it’s been! Since the invention of the printing press, has it been seriously challenged for communications supremacy? While print certainly isn’t dead, we’ve seen a significant shift in the way that our clients value print.
These days when we do fire up the press, we have to be “extra” certain that the choosen vehicle provides a unique brand interaction. Case in point, our own business cards. They provide a cornucopia of earth-friendly options, and possibly serve a dual purpose (if you’re lucky). Give us a shout, we’d be more than happy to meet and have and old school business card exchange. Who knows you may find a hidden gem in our stash? Just know you have a friend in Labor, Johann.
If you’re not careful you may get a visit from Ms. Susie and her “hotter than blazes” event sales app. This is just one of many tools in the Cooks rebrand toolbox. We like to refer to it as the drill driver, it’s the real workhorse in the arsenal. Get on over to Cooks for your forthcoming 50th anniversary party or corporate teambuilding event. Heck, you might even learn the nuiances of foie gras and end up with a full belly, killing two birds with one stone.
The immaculate conception of USB people. We’re proud to announce the Best Buy family has expanded to 4! It feels pretty good to add our Geek Squad brethren into the fold!
A stalwart component of the Labor philosophy is to work hard, play harder. Yup, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true. One obscure pursuit that we claim supremacy is in fishing talent. Hey big agencies you may be big, you may be bad, you may be expensive, but we can out fish you?
For years when interviewing creative talent I always asked the question, do you fish? It was always enjoyable to hear prospective designers squirm when trying to wrap their heads around that odd question. They would typiclly formulate an answer that was constructed to say what they thought I wanted to hear. Often times stories relating to “fishing with my grandpa when I was a kid.” Our on the water skills were particularly useful in our Pure Fishing branding years before they got swallowed up by a monster conglomerate and evacuated my beloved Hawkeye state for a warmer climate.
Which brings up another philosophical tenet. Not that Labor has studied the klingon language, but we are familiar with some of the general concepts behind Star Trek. Boldly go where no man has gone before, and in this case the new frontier is fishing. Often times our work isn’t the most glitzy or slick but we are always looking for opportunities to take quality design to places rarely touched by our profession.
Sorry fishing, but there is only a small percentage of quality creative being done in your industry, and online fishing communities are no stranger this idea. With that in mind we decided to help brand the foremost trout fishing community in the midwest’s famed Driftless area. Brad Pitt from A River Runs Through It need not apply. Typically there’s a Hatfield and McCoy style feud between many fly fisherman and old school worm dunkers, but this group simply shares a passion for pursuing the world class spring creeks of the midwest. Tight lines, folks.
Oxygen bleach, you know the good stuff! We are thrilled to start sharing our rebrand of Stain Solver, a true original. For the last 15 years (long before the “trendy” green cleaning product revolution), Stain Solver has been kicking tail and taking names! Look for an expanded case study soon as we receive the packaging, hot off the press.
Are you a voting member of the Academy Awards? Didn’t think so. Here’s a sneak peak of the PR kit we created for the Ana’s Playground Oscar submission. Making the top ten of independent short films produced in the last year is rarified air. Good job Minneapolis!
Holy schnikes! We just heard the Minneapolis-made short film, Ana’s Playground, that we had the pleasure of working on, has made the cut as one of the final ten films in the running for an Oscar™ in the Live Action Short category.
Three to five of these short films will be selected by Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members as Official Academy Award nominees. A huge congrats goes out to writer/director Eric Howell, Story Forge and all of the others who worked so hard to make this film! Hopefully we’ll be getting the news of a nomination next month and you’ll be bringing an Oscar™ home in February! Read the official release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences here.
We just completed an interactive media kit and microsite for Best Buy ON, Best Buy’s in-store and online media network.This bad boy is delivered on a custom-designed Best Buy “blue shirt” USB flash drive. Look for the family to grow very soon to include Geek Squad agents! Props to our peeps at Mrs K, Visumm and Jake Nassif for their collaboration on this project! We’ll be posting a reel of the media kit soon.