Thirsty Planet Brewing Co.Branding, Art Direction, & Illustration
Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. is an Austin-based craft brewer, best described as fun fellas with big hearts. With a primary focus on crafting high-quality beers, the brewery dedicates a signifcant number of hours and dollars supporting local charities, initiatives, and individuals.
Handling all things visual, and often impromptu, I’ve taken on a bricoleur mentality to create playful photography using on-hand props, quick gestural illustrations, supported by casual copy writing.
PloysArt Direction & Design
It’s a regional brewery whose mascot is a goat, so when it comes to marketing, it’s ok to let loose. When they were in-between buildings, with folks missing the tasting room, we recorded a record titled “Sounds of the Brewery”, a 6-Pack of Sound that brought listeners from bottling to pouring. Flexi-vinyl records were inserted into select 6-packs.
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Buckethead is their infamous 8.9% IPA that brings with it the phrase “Beer You Can Feel.” When it launched in bottles, we created The Damn 7-Pack, a custom cardboard bucket allowing fans to become the Buckethead.
Good TimesCreative Direction & Design
Building upon Thirsty Planet’s 10-years of brewing beer and having fun, a regional campaign was launched around the idea of “Good Times”. Themes of Texas-sized tales, secret spots just for locals, and sharing tasty beers led to a simple tagline and illustrations that captured some of Austin’s most famous icons merged with things Austinites never stop talking about: tacos, queso, and beer.
In addition to billboards, radio spots, and a social media push - a card game was designed to initiate conversation, asking Austin-centric questions about Eeyore’s Birthday, summiting Mt. Bonnell (elev. 775 ft), and chicken shit bingo.
The campaign led to quirky illustrations, that now populate social media posts and in-store displays.
Brite TankCreative Direction & Design
An initiative to connect the brewery to the local arts community, Brite Tank was developed to provide opportunities for creatives to showcase their talents through the brewery’s channels. In 2018, we invited Broad Studios to reimagine the Thirsty Goat Amber 6-pack, launching during the popular East Austin Studio Tours (EAST) put on by Big Medium.
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In 2019, we invited artist Fernando Munoz to not only contribute artwork, but also work directly with a brewer to develop a recipe in response to his work. Three Strangers was born, a multi-faced beer pulling influence from South America, Mexico, and Vienna.
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Artists are paid an honorarium, provided with opportunities to speak and exhibit at events during EAST, and are assured prominient storefront displays in local grocers.