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Essential 1800 – Design your own bottle contest

Fact: Tequila and I do not get along.
A long time ago, I foolishly challenged my friend’s manhood with a bottle of “Mexican Fire Water” and successfully drank him under the table. I won. Or at least I thought that I won until I crawled out of a cab (literally) in front of my building. The next 6 hours are a blur of me weeping into my toilet bowl and vowing to NEVER touch the stuff as long as I live. That was over 8 years ago. To this day, Tequila and I don’t speak.

However, Vectorvault operatives uncovered this design contest that merges Tequila and digital art. Essential 1800 is a premium tequila with an interesting challenge that we are passing on to the Vectorvault community: Design your own bottle

When researching this brand: approach with caution. Respect the beverage.

Cut and paste – Digital design tournament – video

Cut and Paste is an international design competition that puts graphic designers and illustrators in gladiator-like atmosphere. Each creative mind must out-think the other in hopes of being crowned the winner. It’s high energy excitement set against a slow moving puzzle. Like chess with dance music:

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We recognize that in a competitive marketplace, talent unseen or undeveloped is talent wasted. Such talent need not go to waste. Cut&Paste’s mission is to provide channels of visibility and inspiration for designers, both aspiring and established, to reach their existing audience as well as potential fans. Our targeted goals are to promote the designer’s ability to achieve exposure as an individual; to expand the designer’s range of possibility in attracting professional opportunities; to form and encourage positive interaction within the design community; and to broaden the mainstream perception of design and further its appreciation by sharing and demystifying the creative process.

A world full of inspired people is a better world. Designers discover inspiration in unexpected places, but express it in ways that color and shape the objects and experiences of our everyday lives. How do they do it? At Cut&Paste, we’re dedicated to exploring the creative process—pushing, prodding, putting it under the spotlight—and we’re endlessly optimistic about the influence that sharing design can have on the world.

There are three distinct missions at Cut and Paste:

1. Anonymous designers are too many. We’re here to inflate them and float them like giant zeppelins in a roofless forum for expression, city by city and cross-continents, to raise the artist’s profile.

2. It’s time to draw out artists, audiences, clients, recruiters, and consumers of good design.Whether you come to network or shamelessly self-promote, we’ll put down the welcome mat for you to make some introductions.

3. Showcasing designers at work dispels stork myths about how design is made. We come together to learn the birds and bees of design and to marvel at the creative process.

Cut&Paste is a global movement of artists, firms, and media that come together to strengthen creative networks through events and local support.

To learn more about this event and perhaps even how you can get involved, please read more.

Source: Coolhunting


Toronto, Ontario

Famous Players Theaters (RIP) developed a promotion that ran nationally across Canada called Famous Auditions. The brand encouraged movie goers to recite lines from their favorite movies. Winners would be flown to beautiful Hollywood California for an all expense paid trip. Entries were recorded in front of a large 6 foot backdrop made to look like a red carpet. This vector illustration had the right tone for the demographic (18 – 35 years old). In an environment like a multi-plex theatre, bright colors and fun graphics are essential.


This program was a real success. Unfortunately, Famous Players was bought out by Cineplex later that year (2002).The entire project from concept to execution to fulfillment was conducted by the one and only Hive Strategic Marketing Inc. in Toronto, Canada