DESIGN: Earthbound – Unkikie Uukiuki Gum

I recently replayed the great Super Nintendo game Earthbound (also known as Mother 2 in Japan) and thought it a good topic for some t-shirt designs. My initial brainstorm for topics touched upon products in-game that could be interesting to create a “brand” around and the pack of gum you have to buy to cajole Bubble Monkey onto your team seemed a logical possibility. The words “Unkikie Uukiuki” are monkey for “I love hamburgers” and thus my flavor pretty much picked itself. Available for purchase at shop.spreadshirt.com/jaredmobarak/Sell line: Everyone knows…

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DESIGN: Shenmue – Fruda Soda

It’s hard not to find yourself infatuated with Fruda Grape soda after watching the @RunButton gang play through the old Sega action/adventure Shenmue. They literally go to the vending machine to purchase one in-game two or three times a session. I wanted to give the crude design in the game a more contemporary update while still retaining the fun bubble letters and circular bullseye motif. These are all bilingual, but I made sure to do two each so both English and Japanese could be highlighted depending on your preference. And…

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DESIGN: Pani K’s Pierogi

Pani K’s Pierogi is a homemade pierogi enterprise from Alexis Kothamasu. She’s spent five years perfecting her dough recipe and expanding her selections of unique fillings to include the likes of Indian Samosa and Pumpkin Pie. I was enlisted to create a logo/brand that could help her decision to move from hobby to business. Alexis only really had one request as I began the process: incorporate the feel of Polish folk flower motifs. From there I did a few iterations of merging the colorful floral designs with typography and pierogi…

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DESIGN: 2017 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Main Titles” • Brian Reitzell • 01:32 • American Gods OST, Milan Records2. “Chief Don’t Run” • Jidenna • 03:47 • The Chief, Epic Records3. “Dreams (Colors Mix)” • Beck • 04:57 • Colors, Fonograf Records4. “Feel It Still” • Portugal. The Man • 02:43 • Woodstock, Atlantic Records5. “Good News” • Blond Ambition • 03:12 • Slow All Over, Swoon City Music6. “Utopia” • Austra • 04:03 • Future Politics, Domino Recording Co.7. “Kora Sings” • Sampha • 04:18 • Process, Young Turks Recordings8. “Fields of Blue”…

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DESIGN: 2016 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Stranger Things” • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein • 01:08 • Stranger Things OST, Vol 1, Lakeshore Records2. “Can’t Let Go, Juno” • Kishi Bashi • 04:23 • Sonderlust, Joyful Noise Recordings3. “Bright Lights” • Gibbz • 03:15 • Oh My God EP, Gibbz4. “I Can’t Stand You Anymore” • Sleigh Bells • 04:02 • Jessica Rabbit, Torn Clean5. “Giant” • Banks & Steelz • 03:51 • Anything But Words, Warner Bros. Records Inc.6. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” • Foxes • 03:24 • All I Need, Sign of the…

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