Category Archives: MADE ME SMILE

team orange chicken for the win.

Our guys are at an AIGA Conference in New Orleans this week. Self-deemed “Team Orange Chicken” (like from Panda Express), we’re happy to announce that they won the Creative Jam Competition! Given 3 hours to create art and animation with Creative Cloud with the theme, “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” this is what they came up with:
 
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They took home the trophy for BEST VISUAL DESIGN – JUDGE AWARD
See the rest of the entries here.

Way to represent, Steve and Ian!
 
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Categories: Uncategorized, RANDOM, ART, HAWAII, DIGITAL, ILLUSTRATION, INSPIRATION, MADE ME SMILE, GLOBE TROTTING

Hawaii 5-O Awards Show.

5-O-Web-Header-Gold-GreyThis past Saturday half of the Sae Design crew represented at the 8th biennial Hawaii 5-O Awards Show. Created in 2002 by AIGA Honolulu, 5-O celebrates 50 winners chosen by three nationally-recognized judges based on craft, concept and aesthetic achievement. This year’s show took place at Honolulu’s Pacific Club and the theme of REVEAL showcased the beautiful design of local designer Noa Emberson of Surfing Magazine.

Sae Design took home 3 awards for:

Sharing the Spirit of Aloha collateral
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Lucky Break logo
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Design Week 2013 brochure
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It was a fun night of good design, pupus, drinks, and somewhat regrettable photo booth pictures.

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Categories: Uncategorized, ART, BRANDING, PACKAGING, IDENTITY, ILLUSTRATION, FONTS, INSPIRATION, MADE ME SMILE, DESIGN WISDOM

lee documents japan (well, the food).

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On my recent trip to Japan, we were able to experience culture and great food. After a full day of shopping and traveling by train, our friends took us to this tiny ramen shop in Kichijoji. This black sesame tan tan ramen was one of the best things we ate on our trip.
 
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Our cruise started in Yokohama and took us to Hokkaido, that’s known for their seafood. We visited 2 morning markets where the public can purchase fresh tako (octopus), hotate (scallop), kani (crab) and at really low prices.

 

Categories: RANDOM, MADE ME SMILE, GLOBE TROTTING

Play Hard, Play Safe.

We love when our clients want to get fun promo items! Got these in today for the EMI “Play Hard, Play Safe” campaign – an effort to keep children out of Maui cane roads and ditches. Coming to a youth center near you!

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Categories: RANDOM, IDENTITY, MADE ME SMILE, HAPPY CLIENTS

Ono Eats and Tasty Drinks – 808 on Main.

We’ve been working hard lately! But we’ve been playing hard too, and one of our favorite new lunch/pau hana spots is 808 on Main.

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We were lucky enough to work together with 808 on their branding (logo, signage, menus, and more) and environmental graphics.

 

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FullSizeRenderLocated in the heart of Wailuku, 808 on Main serves lunch, dinner and dangerously good cocktails. Their sandwiches and paninis are solid, and their pupus list is full of classics with creative twists on them. Combine that with a cool atmosphere, generous portions and reasonable prices, and a super friendly staff and you’ve got the perfect recipe.

IMG_2905808 on Main Kimchi BallIMG_2906IMG_0834-1With 808 being within walking distance from our office, we’ve become menu experts (somewhat). Here’s our Sae Design menu favorites:

Sae: 

Kimchi Pork Balls & Maker’s Smash

LeeAnn:

Kimchi Pork Balls, McKenzie Salad & Main Street Mule

Ashley: 

Ni’ihau Lamb Nachos (and I normally do NOT eat Lamb) & Main Street Mule!

Steve: 

Spicy Ranch Panini & their curated selection of fries

Zenobia: 

Spicy Tuna Sandwich

Ian: 

Lamb Lettuce Wraps & Wailuku Sour

Eli: 

Shitake Beef Melt & Maker’s Smash


So if you’re looking for something new for lunch or dinner or if you just want to take a load off after work, head down to 808 on Main. There’s a good chance you’ll see one of us there!

 

Categories: BRANDING, ENVIRONMENTAL, HAWAII, MADE ME SMILE, HAPPY CLIENTS

Wanderlust and Wine.

I was lucky enough to go on retreat in Southern France led by a graphic designer & yoga teacher I idolize that encompassed all my favorite things: art, yoga, writing, music and WINE. I got to stay in a beautiful castle and met incredible people from around the globe.

winein a wine cellar on a wine tour near clérac.

 

Categories: RANDOM, INSPIRATION, MADE ME SMILE, GLOBE TROTTING, BOOZE