Stack And Scare!

We’re extremely excited to announce that our first line of toys with Uncle Goose is now available! Over a year in the making, Stack And Scare™ is a series of 4 stackable wooden monster block sets. Each Roar! set contains 14-18 pieces in various shapes and sizes. Featuring eyeballs, teeth, horns, arms, rounded shapes for shoulders and eyes, monster heads, hands, feet, legs, torsos, patterns and more. Mix and match shapes or combine with other Stack And Scare™ sets to unleash endless (and taller) creature combinations! Beautifully and meticulously crafted by our friends at Uncle Goose in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Made from FSC certified basswood, using non-toxic inks. Purchase Stack And Scare™ from us, Uncle Goose or independent toy stores everywhere. We designed Stack And Scare™ for everyone at any age. We can’t wait to see what you do with them. Share with us at #stackandscare.

And of course … we thought it would be fitting to create a short “IC Filmmercial” featuring our wooden critters in action. We enlisted our friends in Portland, Beautiful Eulogy, to create a score using the blocks themselves and the result is pretty fantastic. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how we (and they) made it all happen …

Roar! Set One:

Roar! Set Two:

Roar! Set Three:

Roar! Set Four:

… And check out how we (and Beautiful Eulogy) made the film … Then go grab their new album Instruments Of Mercy, out today.

Missed our original teaser? Check it out.

IC Partners With Uncle Goose Toys

We are extremely excited to announce our new partnership with Uncle Goose Toys. Made in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the past 30 years, Uncle Goose is the world’s premiere manufacturer of wooden blocks. We’ve partnered up with their amazing team to bring the highest quality and most creative wooden toys and playsets to the market. With new products and creations lined up through 2015 and beyond, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with such a passionate company dedicated to their craft.

Hot off their debut at the NY NOW International Gift Show, our first product is titled Stack And Scare. Crafted from replenishable basswood and printed with non-toxic inks, the Stack And Scare series contains four stackable block sets that allow children (and you!) to create and configure hundreds of possible monster options. Before we let too much out of the bag (or box), we’ve put together a teaser film announcing the new line.

Stack And Scare will be available in retail locations worldwide and through our shop beginning in October. Stay tuned for the big launch …

We were in the big apple for their debut at the NY NOW show …

… and we visited the UG workshop in Grand Rapids this month to check out the progress.

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Summer T Sale

Heyo! It’s hot and you need T-Shirts! All adult and kids sizes of last year’s T’s are on sale for $15. We don’t have a ton left, so grab them while you can (and help us make room for the new IC wearables coming soon). Tell the world!

Heartwork 2013

We’re excited to announce the launch of Heartwork 2013! We’re so thankful to all of the artists that donated their time and talents this year.

What is Heartwork?

Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies within the art room at Target House — this wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude® Children’s Research Hospital.

The whole idea started simply enough. We, along with a few other creative individuals, were asked to work on various design projects for the St. Jude Target House. But, in the process, we were so deeply moved by the experience that we didn’t want it to end. We witnessed firsthand the special connection the kids had with the art room in particular. It was a place where we saw kids at all stages of health just being kids. So, we began to wonder, “What if we could create a ongoing way to support more and better art supplies for these children?” It was then that Heartwork was born.

Every year, a group of talented artists create a series of 11″ x 14″ giclee prints to raise money for the art room. Each of the prints feature an interpretation of the word “Hope” and each edition is limited to only 10 pieces and signed/numbered by the artist.

Print details:

Archival giclee – printed with pigment inks on archival cotton rag paper
Size: 11 inches x 14 inches with a 1″ border for framing
Signed & numbered editions of 10

Purchase the prints here.

2013 Artists:

“Hope” by The Heads Of State

“Black Rhino’s Forge Ahead” by Always With Honor

“Wild” by Jolby

“Flower Friends” by Tad Carpenter

“My Robot Friend” by Kevin Tong

“Thick-Lined Valley Of Love” by Aaron Draplin

“Growth” by Mike Perry

“Create Yourself” by Don Shank

“Upswing” by Invisible Creature

“Hope Mobile” by Julie West

Target Build-A-Plane!

Our latest product for Target is in stores now … and it’s a fun one. Captain Bullseye’s Build-A-Plane! Gift Card is a whopping 21 pieces of snap-together awesomeness. Complete with accents of metallic silver, a spinning propeller and a display stand that doubles as a cloud/Gift Card holder. See more here and purchase here. As always, big thanks to our A.D.’s Ted Halbur and Brian Holt. You are now free to move about the toy shelf.

 

Eye Creature

We love our clients. We love Lego. So why not combine the two? For our annual Client Holiday gift this year, we decided to design a custom Eye Creature Lego kit. Edition of 6 sets. 444 pieces. 4 instruction booklets. 8 different mouth combinations –  and a hinged top that allows the owner to store all kinds of fun items (as shown below). We even found 2 extremely cute kids from 1972 in my house that wanted to participate in the box design. Disclaimer: This product is NOT affiliated with Lego, folks – this was a gift. Oh, enough already. Check out how we made it below:

KidQuake!

Here’s our cover for KidQuake!, album #4 from Seattle’s mightiest pre-K heroes : The Not-Its! See for yourself – these guys know how to start a serious circle pit.

 

Endless Summer: New T-Shirts

Back To School? Naw, forget that. It’s an endless summer. Soft inks printed on American Apparel Tri-Blend T’s. Ships on or before September 18th. Grab them all here.

Spirit Of ’77 printed on Tri-Indigo Blue.

Mummy Jr. printed on Tri-Black.

Leroy’s Boy printed on Athletic Gray.

Respect printed on Tri-Black.

Mummy Classic printed on Tri-Coffee.

Live To Draw printed on Tri-Black.

Mummy Jr. (Kids Sizes!) printed on Tri-Black.

Hexapillar for Target

If you have a son between the ages of 4 and 10, you probably know all about Hexbug. We’ve had the Nano habitat fired up at our place for awhile, so when our friends at Target asked if we’d like to design our own, my son (and his dad) gave an ecstatic and audible thumbs up. The Hexapillar Gift Card goes from caterpillar to butterfly in seconds flat and comes alive with one flip of the switch. In stores now. See it a tad larger here.

As always, extra big high-fives to our A.D.’s Ted Halbur and David Ledsinger for making this all happen.

Flora

A little late, but I had a lot of fun making a birth announcement for my new little girl. Screen-printed by D&L on French Muscletone and sent to friends and family.

The Uproar!

Well, we’ve been hard at work for over a year on this next project (and have many more months to go), but we are excited to preview the logo and name of our first interactive children’s book The Uproar!, arriving on iPads everywhere via the Apple App store this fall. Lots of fun announcements coming in the first half of 2012, but for now – a quick synopsis:

“Journey into a world of sound and wonder in the interactive musical story The Uproar! Join a bizarre band of misfit monsters to explore a sprawling story from the mind of Invisible Creatureʼs Don Clark.”

We are honored and proud to be working with our new favorite publisher + partner: Space Dog Books. Please do yourself a favor and download Space Dog’s first chapter book Treasure Island, illustrated by the amazing Matthew Cruickshank.

It’s going to be a fun year. Much more soon …

Holiday Gift Cards For Target

Ahhhh, our favorite time of year is back. The two Frank’s (Sinatra & Capra), Yuletide logs, eggnogs, and Lord Of The Rings DVD extras in our pajamas. And of course, the great seasonal goodies at Target. We were lucky enough to work on two fun stocking stuffers this Holiday season. Last year, the LEGO Build A Bullseye set was such a hit, we were asked to come back for round two. And to make the kids (and us) even more ecstatic, you can create a polar bear and snowman in addition to Bullseye dog. It all folds up into a gift-able size for that special someone. Sequels are supposed to be better, right?

And the gifts keep coming … We were also asked to design and illustrate a super-fun (and addicting) interactive game featuring our favorite pooch. The big idea: Can you pat the dogs as quickly as they light up without losing your cool? Oh, and each level gets more and more insane as you continue to play. Lights, barking, action. Find them both in-store or online now.

Art direction: Brian Holt, Rob Weaver and Ted Halbur. Once again, extra special thanks to the team at Target.

Close Encounters

Kids. We love ‘em. Teenagers … well, we love them too. With both in mind, we’re excited to offer 4 new stretched canvas prints and posters through Wheatpaste Art Collective. The stretched canvas prints are a whopping 24″ x 30″ and the uber-cool removable non-toxic “sticky” posters are an even more-whopping 28″ x 35″. We’ve got a few samples of both formats in the shop and we aren’t afraid to tell you the quality level is perfect-o. The colors are rich and just as vivid as you see here. You can purchase them individually or collect the whole set. Seem them a tad bigger here. Enjoy … here’s to the kids.

“Afternoon Snack”:

“The Visitor”:

“High & Dry”:

“Neighborhood Cookout”:


Another Big Day

Ahhh, the first day of pre-school. Today was a biggie for my son – definitely a few tears. Continuing tradition, here’s a quick drawing I stuffed in his lunchbox to ease his first day jitters. Also in the shop for $12.

The First Grade

Time flies. Today is my little girl’s first day of first grade. Just like last year, I decided to make her a quick treat for her lunchbox. Many of you asked for prints last time, so we added an 8.5″ x 11″ print to the shop for $12. All proceeds benefit her lunch fund … and I’m happy to report that there were less tears this year …

How Blog

Heartwork is included in How Magazine’s ‘Top 10 Websites For Designers’ this month. Cool!

Heartwork

What is Heartwork?

Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies within the art room at Target House—this wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The whole idea started simply enough. We, along with a few other creative individuals, were asked to work on various design projects for Target House. But, in the process, we were so deeply moved by the experience that we didn’t want it to end. We witnessed first hand the special connection the kids had with the art room in particular. It was a place where we saw kids at all stages of health just being kids.

So, we began to wonder, “What if we could create a ongoing way to support more and better art supplies for these children?” It was then that Heartwork was born.

The idea is simple. Every year, a group of talented artists will create a series of prints to raise money for the art room. Each of the prints will feature a different interpretation of the Target House elephant mascot, chosen because it represents family, long life, strength and playfulness—attributes with special meaning at a place designed for families to live, play and heal.

Print details:

Archival giclee – printed with pigment inks on archival cotton rag paper
Size: 11 inches x 14 inches
Signed & numbered editions of 40

Purchase the prints here.

“Elephants Love Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter” by Johnny Yanok:

“Snailaphant” by Nate Williams and “When Elephants Fly” by Anna Chambers:

“Collaboration” by Don Clark

“Love To Grow” by Scott Thares and “Balancing Act” by Christopher Lee:

“Circus” by Katie Kirk and “Better Days Ahead” by Richard Boynton:

“Waterworks” by Ryan Clark:

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“Tuskers Ahoy” by Michael Bartalos:

The Scott Hamilton Arts & Crafts Room at Target House:

We’re honored to be part of this project and thankful for everyone who donated their time and talent.

AIGA Minnesota Design Show 2010

We are extremely honored that the Minnesota chapter of the AIGA recently recognized all of our 2009 Target projects in their annual Design Show. See details here and here. Many thanks to our incredible A.D.’s over at the bullseye. More fun stuff to share coming soon …

Super cool ‘Thumb War’ gift card created by our buddy Christopher Lee.

Anatomy Of A Lego Man

Growing up, Ryan and I were Lego FANATICS. I vividly remember the massive room-sized bag of Legos that my mom found at a garage sale for $8 – and the day she brought it home. Our jaws dropped. We dabbled in Transformers, G.I. Joe and He-Man, but the Legos got the most love – for years and years. Naturally, my own kids love them (what kid doesn’t?!) and those days in the 80′s of creating airplanes and robots out of blocks are ever-present in our house 20+ some years later. I still think it might be the best toy to actually spawn creativity and imagination. All that to say – I just love Jason Freeny’s anatomy of the lego man. Brilliant.

And yes, we are going to Legoland next summer. Anyone been?

Via Likecool

Small Paul Furniture

Got kids? I do. And I dig cool kids toys. Small Paul furniture by 10 Grain. Not expensive, but not cheap. Face it, you’d rather have this stuff all over the house instead of this.

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Founded in 2006 by Don & Ryan Clark, Invisible Creature is a
multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio based in Seattle, WA.

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