Lots to like about John Mayer

Congratulations to John Mayer on his #1 album – Born And Raised. The beautiful artwork was created by David A. Smith, a traditional ornamental glass artist (amazingly gifted + incredibly humble guy) working in Torquay, Devon. SMOG helped out with the packaging layouts and we’re very proud to have played even a small role in [...]

Kicking today’s music in the balls*

Congrats to Garbage on the release of their first new album in 7 years – “Not Your Kind of People” – and darklings it was worth the wait. We had a grand old time time working with Shirley and the band on the creative campaign for this project. The packaging includes killer photos by Autumn [...]

The Dallas Show

Had a wonderful time in Dallas judging the 2012 Dallas Show. A big thanks to my fellow judges (Eric, Pum, Jimmy & Seth) and all of the wonderful people at the DSVC, Olmsted-Kirk Paper Co., Dick Patrick and the many volunteers who helped make it a truly memorable and inspiring weekend.

“Ed Fella, please report to the lost and found”

If you’re familiar with Ed Fella’s work, you might know of what he calls his “after-the-fact” flyers—when a visiting artist would come to lecture at CalArts, Ed would create an announcement flyer long after the event was over. Back in 1995 when I was attending CalArts, SMOG came and spoke to the students and Ed [...]

70s Product Design and ROCK

I dig Grundig’s lo-fi “Phono Boy” 45 RPM player by Mario Bellini and 70s R&R!

When Chrome Was King

My father was an unabashed classic car enthusiast. He got his first hot rod at age 15. He ran it into a tree, went flying over the windshield, dusted himself off and a life-long love affair with the automobile was born. Growing up we had a constant stream of “new” old cars parked in our driveway. [...]

I Heart Fiberglass

I had the opportunity to tour Modernica’s new manufacturing facility in Vernon yesterday. Frank and Jay Novak are getting ready for their annual blowout sale this weekend and it’s the closest a die-hard Eames collector can come to the old Eames manufacturing plant in Venice, CA or Herman Miller in Zenith, MI. The multiple buildings [...]

Exit-level Design

We got a visit today from prolific designer Ed Fella, who stopped by for lunch and showed us a couple of his new sketchbooks along with photos of his summer trip to France. Now, in his mid-70s, he’s coined himself an “exit-level designer.” He no longer engages in commercial work, instead focusing on his personal [...]

Currently Trending

Marie Turnor Accessories are hotter than hot right now, thanks to owner Beth Goodman’s simple, chic designs. Her picnic and dinner clutches (buttery leather cleverly fashioned into faux paper bags) have the blogs all abuzz, including this one. We designed Marie Turnor’s logo. Available at these Silverlake merchants: Mohawk General Store | Lake Boutique

KLH Model Twenty Plus Folds/Hornby

I finally got the KLH Model Twenty Plus working. A couple of the switches were sticking. After loosening them with De-Oxit D-5, then Faderlube, the sweet sound of wax is back in the house. First on deck was Lonely Avenue by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby. Ben had mentioned early on in the sleeve design [...]