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Stranahan’s (extremely) Limited Release Snowflake Whiskey

There’s not much better than getting a gift of rare whiskey on Christmas Eve morning. But when it comes in a package that you yourself designed and comes directly from the people you designed it for, it’s extra special.

Back when we started The Made Shop nearly 10 years ago and we were just a fledgling idea about wanting to work with family and make amazing things together, Zachary and I had always talked about two dream jobs: designing a book cover, and designing a whiskey bottle. (Because: obviously).

For the last six months, since about mid-summer, The Made Shop has been quietly working with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey on a beautiful redesign of the brand, logos, typography, labels, as well as some much bigger projects that are still under wraps (which we can’t wait to show you all).

Nathan, Kim, Zachary, and I were all loyal fans of their Whiskey long before we could have even dreamed of one day working for them. It’s quite hard to get, especially outside of Colorado, but if you’ve had the pleasure of tasting it, you know what we mean. It’s hands-down my favorite whiskey. And about a year ago we were all just taking a tour of their Denver Distillery simply as whiskey-geek fans when Nathan decided to introduce us to the guide and let them know what we do on the off-chance they ever needed new design work.

To make quite a long story short: this morning, for Christmas, a bottle of Stranahan’s Limited Release Snowflake Whiskey, wrapped in packaging and branded with a logo we all designed, arrived at The Made Shop doorstep. It’s a wonderful gift to receive as the year ends and we remember ten years ago when this whole thing was just a big crazy dream.

Cheers!

P.S. These photos show the special Snowflake gift packaging. We’ll be posting our new designs for the actual bottles soon.

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Check out the following sampler of the new Son Lux album… now available for purchase!

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This has been private for a while, but I’ve opened it back up. If you dig the record, this might be interesting to hear.

Son Lux - We Are Rising (Full Album Teaser) by Son Lux

“Son Lux previews his record, We Are Rising, playing and discussing excerpts from each song. Documentation of the album’s development is on NPR’s All Songs Considered Blog. The coverage includes audio, video, and photography. Buy We Are Rising now on iTunes US or UK/Europe.”

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Hey fine folks. Check out the making-of-video for the Son Lux album. What an amazing project to be a part of!!!
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NPR* has just officially released The Making of Son Lux’s ‘We Are Rising’ Artwork video on their All Songs Considered page. As I mentioned before we did the entire project in 28 hours (actually a little under) and this video shows the whole process: buying the fireworks, building the set, the photo shoot, and then the full time-lapsed design and layout process, complete with Skype video-chats with Ryan in New York.
It was shot and edited by Michael Chiarelli, who’s one of my favorite editors, and we are so happy with it. It was such a fun, elaborate, and beautiful process. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse behind the scenes.
It’s worth watching full-screen, and—not to be presumptuous—but if you’ve got some headphones nearby, why not put those on as well :)
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*I’ve gotta say that being featured on NPR has actually been a life-long dream. Some people might want their work in Rolling Stone or something like that, but for me, it’s always been NPR.

Hey fine folks. Check out the making-of-video for the Son Lux album. What an amazing project to be a part of!!!

themadeshop:

NPR* has just officially released The Making of Son Lux’s ‘We Are Rising’ Artwork video on their All Songs Considered page. As I mentioned before we did the entire project in 28 hours (actually a little under) and this video shows the whole process: buying the fireworks, building the set, the photo shoot, and then the full time-lapsed design and layout process, complete with Skype video-chats with Ryan in New York.

It was shot and edited by Michael Chiarelli, who’s one of my favorite editors, and we are so happy with it. It was such a fun, elaborate, and beautiful process. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse behind the scenes.

It’s worth watching full-screen, and—not to be presumptuous—but if you’ve got some headphones nearby, why not put those on as well :)

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*I’ve gotta say that being featured on NPR has actually been a life-long dream. Some people might want their work in Rolling Stone or something like that, but for me, it’s always been NPR.