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Christopher Smith – Photography

Christopher Smith is a photographer based in Port Elizabeth with a flair for dramatic, photoshopped self portraits that place him in a number of different identities and narrative spaces.

Here, we’re sharing a set of photos he created for Another Man Magazine (you can see the article here), with all of the beauty and eyewear by Tom Ford. We absolutely LOVE these!

To see more of his work, please do give him a follow on Instagram here.

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Grönstedts Le National – Packaging

Every now and then a project comes around that makes you really sit up and take notice. This work by Nine Stockholm for Grönstedts cognac is one of those! What’s especially interesting about this cognac, Le National, though, is that it is only produced once a year in very limited quantities – never more than 1500 bottles. This creates an interesting design challenge, as every year they need to create an entire experience that is differentiated from the last, while still being premium, desirable and ultimately collectable.

It is clear that Nine, the agency behind this work, met the brief and more – this is some of the most exquisite packaging design we’ve seen in a long time. From the way that illustration is treated through to the box, the typography and the entire experience of the packaging – this is nothing short of world class.

Have a look at more of this work below.

Niika – Website

Niika is a digital design and branding studio from Australia with a website that shows off their talents to great effect! From great web design through to 3D objects and some really fun scrolling techniques – this site has it all.

It’s always so much fun watching people at the peak of their powers flex their creative muscles and this site really is no exception. Take a look at the site right over here.

Sam Gregg – See Naples and Die

Sam Gregg is a photographer based in London with a keen eye for capturing incredibly real, expressive portraits. Today, we’re sharing a selection from his series, ‘See Naples and Die’, where he spent time documenting the real people of the city. From nuns to tattooed guys who look like people you shouldn’t mess with, Gregg captures it all.

You can visit his site here to see more of his inspiring work.

Pepsi – Year of the Dog Cans

To celebrate the year of the dog in China, Pepsi created these limited edition cans which were available in very short supply. The online-only method of getting them created a lot of hype around the campaign, with loads of people logging on for a chance to get their paws on these collectables. We especially love the dog kennel packaging concept!

Such a great example of how tactical use of limited edition design (with really great illustration) can make a brand more current and desirable.

Check out all the designs below!

Morgan Mulholland – Sony World Photography Awards

One of our recent graduates, Morgan Mulholland, was named as a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards (learn more about his submission here). We created the following short video, to highlight his achievement and to offer some inspiration to other budding young photographers out there!

You can see more of Morgan’s work at his website here.

Check out his video below.