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Old 08-01-2007, 03:19 PM   #1
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I've been working on labels for my barrel aged beer. Here's what I've come up with so far.

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This beer will be bottled in 750ml Belgian bottles, corked and caged. Each bottle will be hand signed and numbered.

Thoughts, suggestions?

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Old 08-01-2007, 05:18 PM   #2
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Don't get me wrong....

It's nice, I love that shot, but it just seems like there's something missing. I *love* the labels you have made, they are some of the best I have seen (commercial or homebrew), but something about this one just doesn't seem.... finished. Maybe it's the font that I'm not loving? I really can't put my finger on it, there's just something that seems to be missing that makes this one not quite up to your ENORMOUSLY HIGH standards...

I wish I could express what it is.... I just don't know. Maybe it just needs the Naked City logo somehow incorporated onto the front to complete it.

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Old 08-01-2007, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback Bird. I tried fitting the Naked City label on the front but just couldn't find a place that looked good. I'm going to play with it some more and see if I can come up with a different concept.

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The problem that I think Bird is seeing is the front image lacks any point of interest. It's so washed out, that things blend together. That, in and of itself, could be fine, but then you split the front of the label in half with the horizon. That actually draws the eye AWAY from the Name of the Beer.

Any chance you can cause the image to curve in the middle so instead of being a flat horizon, it looks a little more like a fisheye lens?

If not, then at least maybe make the image more of a sepia tone to better match the border and the text....

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I think I've identified something underlying here.
Is it seems somewhat claustrophobic.

The desolate expansiveness of the basin and range landscape has been squared off. It wants to be rectangular.

In movie terms...
This movie had been formatted to fit your TV screen.
or
Full vs Widescreen...
Go see it in the theater!

Another suggestion is to drop the horizon to the bottom third and show more sky so that we may breath in that beautiful air.
Perhaps that's not possible with this image.

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Is this a movie still?? I am kinda troubled by the "unidentifiable blob" in the middle of the highway. I don't know the identity of the movie, but I imagine that the blob starts the scene up close (and is identifiable) and moves down the road. As a still, it is kinda hard to tell if it were a truck, bus, car, rock or whatnot. If you had a still of the scene without the object, or a scene with it farther down the road, (and less prominent) I think it would work.

One other thing, maybe put a box on the back label for a batch number. That way you could have bottle number 1 of batch one, then start off batch 2 with bottle 1.

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Actually, I think out of context it's a little off. If the label were already on a bottle I think it would grip me straight to it on a shelf (be it in a store or cellar). The "blob" could be a little more distinguishable but I don't think it's enough to ruin the label. Like Bird said, it's an amazing label that's just left with something odd or missing.

Can you slap the front on a 750 and take a snapshot?

Very creative, very professional. Nice!

EDIT: As far as the batch goes you could just change the lettering to "Batch / Bottle No." and code the batch into that box.

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Is this a movie still?? I am kinda troubled by the "unidentifiable blob" in the middle of the highway. I don't know the identity of the movie, but I imagine that the blob starts the scene up close (and is identifiable) and moves down the road. As a still, it is kinda hard to tell if it were a truck, bus, car, rock or whatnot. If you had a still of the scene without the object, or a scene with it farther down the road, (and less prominent) I think it would work.
I'm gonna wager a guess that it *might* be from "The Grapes of Wrath"...
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I'm gonna wager a guess that it *might* be from "The Grapes of Wrath"...
Heh.... probably so, but I've never seen the flick, better to admit ignorance than to look stupid guessing.

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The problem that I think Bird is seeing is the front image lacks any point of interest. It's so washed out, that things blend together. That, in and of itself, could be fine, but then you split the front of the label in half with the horizon. That actually draws the eye AWAY from the Name of the Beer.
The problem is that there are too many dimensions to it. You're seeing the text floating off the label, but the perspective of the road makes the label appear deeper. There is nothing to draw your eye to the middle of the perspective.

Take the drop shadow off the lettering and it will look better.
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