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Häagen-Dazs rebrand

Photo: Design Week   Summer is here! We are all big fans of ice cream here at Penhouse so we were all delighted to see the refreshed rebrand of Häagen-Dazs. In a bid to appeal to a younger audience, the…read more »

June 2, 2017 branding, packaging, photography

Launching at Bloom – Man from the Mountain Puddings

If you’re heading to Bloom in the Park this weekend, Look out for our Man from the Mountain – awarded the Best White Pudding in the world and the second best Black Pudding in the world. So how do you…read more »

June 2, 2017 penhouse

Gay Pride Month

Here at Penhouse we enjoy designing for young people and one of our most recent project was for the young LGBTI+ community. Great strides being taken here in Ireland in this area and its great to be a part of…read more »

February 15, 2017 illustration, penhouse

Connected Futures – A Vodafone Series

Connected Futures for Vodafone promotes connectivity around Ireland and especially in rural locations and Penhouse were delighted to have branded this initiative and designed the material. It is a design project for us that started with a full report which…read more »

May 6, 2016 Foodie, packaging

Lily O’Brien’s New Chocolate Bars #LOBBarLaunch

And they’re now in the shops! Our latest design work for our favourite chocolate company – Lily O’Brien’s – sees the launch of  a brand new range of luxury chocolate bars. The packaging design is a little change to the…read more »

May 5, 2016 just for fun

Bad Ass Creative?

Are you a bad ass creative who is looking for an award, in whatever… then here’s your chance (thanks to good ol’ Jessica Hische). Customise and click…      

I want a bunny suit

Have always liked Stefan Sagmeister (co-founder of design firm Sagmeister & Walsh) and here he is with a film on designing happiness. The Happy Film is a feature-length documentary in which he undergoes a series of self-experiments outlined by popular…read more »

November 9, 2015 penhouse

Vector Graphic Photography

Cleverly shot for New York magazine, these fashion images illustrate Junya Watanabe’s sculptural Autumn collection for 2015 and they make you look twice. I found this post on Design Milk first and later on Creative Boom. The photography really captivates…read more »

November 8, 2015 penhouse

Made You Look

Film: Made You Look Made You Look is a refreshing documentary about the graphic arts scene in the UK today. The film features interviews with the many in the industry including Fred Deakin, Kate Moross, Anthony Burrill and Hattie Stewart….read more »

October 16, 2015 branding, web design

Team TSI – New Design for Literacy learning & teaching

And its live! What a great time we had designing this, from the initial illustrations of our children and the Team TSI crew, to the Team TSI logo, the website design, resources and great book. Fiona Dunne and Maire Love…read more »

October 5, 2015 penhouse

Penhouse Design, Ratheniska – now the fastest design company in Ireland!

Who knew that our countryside design studio, based in the middle of Ratheniska in rural Ireland, would ever have Tokyo’s broadband speeds? The ‘Plough and the Stars‘ promo by Siro, launched at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska this year…read more »

April 10, 2015 penhouse

Trail Kilkenny – Best Design in Tourism – Irish Tourism Industry Awards, Finalist 2015

Sometimes there are jobs that we really enjoy working on and we do so, designing quite happily without looking beyond the project in hand. So its then an extra big bonus when this work gets awarded by a panel of…read more »

February 24, 2015 penhouse, photography

Sony World Photography Awards – 2015

Some of these images are truly beautiful. Take a moment to feast your eyes on the special selection of photographs from the Sony World Photography Awards, 2015, as collected by Katy Cowan and her Creative Boom Post. Be inspired… view…read more »

January 27, 2015 penhouse

Corporates creating civic change and more 2015 trends

This is a clever one (although my Italian isn’t great to get all the details), but a smart social project has launched in Northern Italy called The Water Bank, by Padania Acque Gestione. This aims to allow families in financial…read more »

December 22, 2014 penhouse

Happy Christmas Holidays – Spicing it up

Mulling over our 18 years in businsss… 1996    Gillian started trading as ‘Penhouse Design’ from an upstairs studio in Dawson Street,  Dublin 1997    The commuting from Laois started… long days, difficult decisions 1998    Penhouse became a ‘limited company’ and we…read more »

November 17, 2014 branding, illustration

Norwegian Passports – possibly the prettiest passports in the world

Ooh these are beautiful – new passports for lucky Norwegians. The design, conceived by Oslo based Neue Design Studio was selected for its simplistic solution. We love its cleanliness in design and clever link with function too. There are 3…read more »

September 15, 2014 photography

Stock Photos – A little less predictable

There’s nothing quite like an original photo, captured beautifully and specifically for a purpose. We also like to style photographic images to suit a brand, so that we can build a styled portfolio of imagery for each business. That’s the…read more »

Outstanding by Design – Food Branding & Packaging

Another great event being hosted on May 10th, 2014, by Keith Bohanna of Biabeag fame at Highbank Orchard, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny. This workshop ‘Outstanding by Design’ will be a real treat for anyone in the food business, to learn from some great…read more »

February 18, 2014 Awards, packaging, penhouse

Bear hugs (from our farm) for the DBA Effectiveness Award Winner 2014

and the winner is… BEAR! No surprise to us. Take a simple bear, give him a little fig-leaf, already you’re smiling and you can’t really go too far wrong from there! Beautiful branding, pretty packaging and clever copy combine for…read more »

Make a Christmas Angel from Penhouse

We’re wishing you a colourful and creative Christmas from the angels here at Penhouse! Download our origami angel template here, follow the simple instructions and make us up to sit in your tree, on your desk, or table centrepiece! Get…read more »

National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Laois

It’s around the corner now and a hive of activity here in the countryside. Lots of excitement locally as final preparations are in place here in Ratheniska to host the National Ploughing Championships yet again this year. Ploughers will compete…read more »

Clever eco-friendly packaging

Coca cola is best served cold, to publicise this fact the coca cola company have rolled out a new ad campaign in Columbia. Instead of using their standard plastic or glass bottles the campaign used bottles crafted from ice. After use these…read more »

Kokeshi Matches

Don’t you just love these! It’s yet more cool stuff from Japan. Kokeshi: matches with faces, started as a product of pure creativity in 1994, as a part of a group exhibition. Kumi Hirasaka hand drew faces onto the heads…read more »

April 19, 2013 penhouse

IDI Annual Report

So here’s our latest for the IDI… its the 2012 Annual Report launched at their AGM last week in Dublin. This year the report has been reduced in size, but we still had some fun designing it. We went for…read more »

Coolest use of a QR Code – EVER!

Istanbul’s Berrge Studio needed a new tattoo artist for their studio  so they came up with this clever print ad. It’s a unique way to weed out serious potential employees from the ones who just think it’ll be a fun job….read more »

February 22, 2013 penhouse, stuff we like

Lily O’Brien’s and The Big Egg Hunt

Oh what fun we have had so far! Creating this egg for Lily O’Brien’s and now its on display in a secret location in Dublin for forty days and forty nights for the Big Egg Hunt. Its all to support…read more »

February 20, 2013 Foodie, just for fun, stuff we like

chocolate stamps

  As you may be aware we are fond of a box or two of chocolates here now & again. Imagine our surprise when we heard the latest in the chocolate news from Belgium. The Belgian postal service has launched…read more »

February 5, 2013 Foodie

Good Company Food Magazine

Oh what a find. We’ve always been a big fan of food, its packaging, photography, arrangement and cookery books are a special fav. This beautiful digital book, full of stunning photography and tasty typographic layouts is a treat. Going to…read more »

3D Printed Children’s Art

Scribbles stuck on the fridge door not enough? We recently came across a fab website called Crayon Creatures. Barcelona-based designer Bernat Cuni describes his new venture as  ‘a service to turn children’s drawings into figurines; nice looking designer objects to decorate the home and office…read more »

January 25, 2013 illustration, just for fun, penhouse

The Big Egg Hunt for Jack and Jill

What excitement! We’ve been asked to join the select few and decorate a giant egg for the The Big Egg Hunt in Dublin 2013. Time is tight (we only got the egg today), but the heads are buzzing with ideas….read more »

Olympic fun

Lots of Olympic Fun happening in London and beyond. We found this beauty and had to share! – View it here. Simple idea by Gillette in Germany and good fun. Sure doesn’t everyone love an opportunity to stand into the…read more »

June 29, 2012 branding

Canada: For the Fun of It!

We like this new campaign and confident approach to tourism marketing for Canada. Its pokes fun at the clichées while cleverly showing there’s so much more to Canada. Its also personable and using an ‘easy on the eye’ Canadian actor like Eric McCormack is always a help!

June 8, 2012 Awards

Design Award just arrived… bling bling

Time to polish up the silverware again, we’ve a fresh new addition to the cabinet! Our IDI award received for the Institute’s annual report design arrived today! It’s a few months on we know, but we sadly missed the awards…read more »

April 25, 2012 branding, Logos, packaging, penhouse

Chocolate Packaging

Chocolate Branding and Packaging design for Lily O’Briens

February 29, 2012 illustration, packaging

Beautiful Chocolate Packaging

Oh what a find. We’re working on a number of very cool packaging and branding projects at the moment for a range of food businesses and so we’re creating lots of different designs and seeking out lots of alternative ways…read more »

January 13, 2012 branding, Logos

Good logo design – its never wrong

I came across this interesting post reviewing the new Design Museum Shop identity. The new logo and rollout is slick and sophisticated, pared down simplicity which neatly ties in with the overall brand identity. It contrasts hugely with the previous…read more »

December 16, 2011 just for fun, penhouse

Make a Reindeer this Christmas, from Penhouse

This Christmas we are sending our Christmas wishes digitally, so we’re sending you a Penhouse Reindeer which can be downloaded on our website. We’re inviting you to print it and make it, pop it in a good position and if…read more »

November 22, 2011 branding, Logos

The Unofficial London Logo

We do like this proposed logo, with distinctive letterforms in an iconic typeface, designed for the City of London by venturethree Save Save

October 14, 2011 Awards, stuff we like

Institute of Designers in Ireland – Design Awards 2011 – Highly commended!

We’re delighted we have just won a ‘highly commended’ award by the Institute of Designers Ireland 2011!! This is a prestigious Irish design industry award, judged by a panel of International jurors which this year included: Don Wilson John Jenkins…read more »

October 11, 2011 inspiration, packaging, stuff we like

Papernomad stylish cover for ipad

What a truly creative, personalised, earth-friendly cover for you ipad – we love

September 21, 2011 15, just for fun, penhouse, stuff we like

Culture Night 2011 in Laois

Crop Marks – The Ratheniska Project exhibition opened in full for Culture Night 2011 and will remain on display until October 21st in Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, in the upstairs ‘Drawing Room’ gallery. Thanks to the brilliant contributions by the…read more »

August 26, 2011 life on the farm

Barley Bales at Penhouse

It’s that time of year again… the sun is shining (a bit each day), harvest is cut and the sweet smell of straw is filling the air. The fields are collecting the bales, so we have some added outdoor seating,…read more »

August 19, 2011 inspiration

We love pencils, but *super* love these…

We’re hearing… ‘how?’ ‘What the?’, ‘Is that…?” Yes it is.. The pencil’s wood and graphite have been beautifully sculpted to make this beauty by DALTON GHETTI“At school I would carve a friend’s name into the wood of a pencil and…read more »

August 18, 2011 Uncategorized

Hey* great furniture

Saw this and immediately got thinking about our own crop of barley? We already make Guinness with the crop, but could we now have sustainable furniture too? This furniture called Hey* is designed by Fabio del Percio, an Italian upholsterer and…read more »

App…itising Cupcakes

App…itising cupcakes – Sweet

April 20, 2011 just for fun, stuff we like

The Chicks love Chocolate…

Its the ‘Chocolate’ time of year again and we all know it induces the ‘happy’ hormone, its cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment, so partake and enjoy. As we like to say here “If at first you…read more »

April 13, 2011 Uncategorized

Readers and Sketchers coming to Kildare…

The Kildare Readers Festival 2011 was launched last week with a revamped look by our good selves, featuring some of Leonie’s fine illustrations. It will run from 13th – 15th May. Check out their website and download their programme of…read more »

March 16, 2011 branding, stuff we like

Peru – simply beautiful

Really love this new identity for Peru, designed at FutureBrand. Its simple, modest, wild, vibrant, bold and beautifully captures the essence of the country. We particularly like designing identities linked with tourism or a sense of place and in our…read more »

February 11, 2011 animation, illustration, just for fun

Feelin some tiger Love…

a bit of lovin’ fun

Gotta love those ‘Deliciously stylish’ walls

Read about this before, and forgot to follow up with it, till I saw the piece in Design Week, what a thrill! Beautifully illustrated walls will grace the premises of the Zizzi Ristorante pizza houses, each created by a different…read more »

November 18, 2010 random inspiration

funny fat monkey – fashioned from flip-flops

Ever wondered what to do with all those spare shoes lying around? Why not make a big fat monkey! How cool is this….straddled on a bench, in a park in Sao Paulo Brazil, lies the giant animal, created by Rotterdam…read more »

October 12, 2010 branding

Gap in the market

Oh dear… The international clothing brand Gap, just launched their new logo design online and it was met with such a huge spread of negative criticism, that they have now announced, less than one week later, that it will not…read more »

Creatives + Cake = Sweet…

What a super idea…combine the talents of creatives and artists with some of UK’s most talented cake makers for a delicious exhibition! www.madartiststeaparty.com

Mail Me Art…

What a great idea for an interesting exhibition, no set brief, no theme, just decorate an envelope and post it. Found this on Creative Review, where they wrote about Curator Darren Di Lieto, who asked illustrators and artists to post…read more »

Levi’s bring it back to the people…

I found this piece on The Shortest Word which profiled exactly the sort of campaign I was looking for – it features the new brand campaign just launched by Levi’s in the States. It’s quite beautifully articulated and the sentiment…read more »

feast yourselves

What a simple and truly lovely idea! Meet your neighbours at your local street feast – a garden party, a street bash or pals in the park – bring your community together and have some fun in the process. We’re…read more »

May 14, 2010 packaging

Scrumdiddlyumptious Packaging

I spotted this beautiful packaging for West of Ireland artisan confectionery company Pandora Bell on the London based Design Company Studio Output’s website. Here’s what they say about the packaging… “We were asked to create branding and packaging to give…read more »

movers and shakers…

Some great illustrations here, with really cool type and a decent soundtrack. Found this refreshing piece of animation on Creative Review from a Canadian by the name of Matt Luckhurst. Its his first music video, and what a great way…read more »

February 25, 2010 illustration, packaging

chocoholics

Some of us here have given up chocolate for Lent, so its only fitting that we feature this lovely packaging design by Valerie Courtney. We came across this piece on the Dieline website. Save

colourful trees…

thanks to our junior designers, Noah and Simon, who took it upon themselves to decorate our drab winter tree trunks with colourful patterns in chalk. Don’t they look great? We have asked them to look at the orchard trees next…read more »

February 17, 2010 animation, Awards, Logos

Logorama – another short oscar

I came across this trailer on Creative Review, its for H5’s film Logorama, which has been nominated for a Short Film (Animated) award at this year’s Oscars. The film, which premiered at Cannes last year, sees Michelin Man cops pursue…read more »

February 17, 2010 animation, illustration

Sherlock Holmes Credit Sequence

The beautiful end sequence to the recently released Sherlock Holmes movie. Created by Prologue Films. Here is an interview with Creative Director Danny Yount over on Graphic Exchange.

February 15, 2010 Awards, stuff we like

Make Believe – it can happen

We have been working with The Make Believers charity, since it started as an idea last year, creating their name and rolling out their brand identity. They have now been shortlisted for the AIB Better Ireland Awards for their incredible…read more »

February 8, 2010 illustration, web design

over the rainbow…

I like what they are trying to do with this website for Skittles | Experience the Rainbow. It has some fun, exploring its identity and playing with the colour theme. Definitely it is trying to be different. Some high points…read more »

February 4, 2010 illustration, packaging

A Giant Leap…

LEAP Organics have brought out this truly beautiful range of organic soaps, which we found on the Lovely Package site. Designed by Moxie Sozo, with illustrations by the gifted Charles Bloom, these packaging designs will definitely make any shelf look…read more »

February 3, 2010 animation, Awards, illustration

An Oscar we love…

Congratulations to all at Cartoon Saloon on their Oscar nomination for The Secret of Kells. We were lucky to visit the studio while the film was being made a few years ago and saw first hand their magnificent artistry. Good…read more »

January 29, 2010 just for fun, random inspiration

Dress your legs up!

How cool are these tights from Les Queues de Sardines? Screen-printed by hand in limited quantities, these will never go unnoticed. Their range of stockings and tights showcase their unconventional and unique graphic style.

January 27, 2010 stuff we like, typography

Beautiful signage

This signage design, found at the Surry Hills Library in Sydney Australia is just great. The design by Collider, seemlessly fuses with the architecture, integrating and moving with the building’s different materials, it is simply beautifully crafted. Love it.

January 22, 2010 just for fun, stuff we like

No time for games…

This is a little game, more advanced than patience… A lot less advanced than our wii but addictive and fun. Don’t know who to credit for it, but squire posted it and I love it, thanks mark! Click HERE to…read more »

December 21, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

Wishing you some Penhouse Happiness* this Christmas

*happiness is… peace and goodwill : positive thinking : a well deserved holiday : a fresh start : thierry henry switching to basketball : rugby heroes & grand slam wins : winning 2 awards in 2009! : making clients smile…read more »

Time for Tea, creatively…

Lovin’ these teabags… This year we produced some Penhouse Peppermint Tea. We think we packaged it nicely, some of you may even have sampled it, but these designs really take the biscuit. Produced by Royal Tea, they also come as…read more »

October 30, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

Happy (designer) Halloween…

Be creative with your pumpkin carving this Halloween, some great results from the artists with Anna Goodson Management, cast your vote for your favourites, lots to choose from, and have a very Happy Halloween Save

October 2, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

Can you have your cake and eat it?

So Friday is our ‘bake day’ and today it was Gill’s turn. Being all creative, Gill decided to attempt the Penhouse logo in a giant eclair! We reckon Gill can improve on this (check out the photo), so next week…read more »

September 25, 2009 Awards, packaging, stuff we like

we’ve just been shortlisted!

  We’re thrilled!!! Just announced  – Our packaging design for Rossmore Icecream has just been shortlisted for the Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards, 2009. We are so happy for Rebecca and Aubrey whose home business producing really delicious dairy…read more »

September 25, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

sweet friday…

So every Friday is cake day here, and each of us takes a turn as the official ‘cake supplier’. These are Fiona’s buns, and they taste as good as they look! Next time you plan a visit, consider a Friday,…read more »

September 25, 2009 illustration, Logos, stuff we like

Make Believe…

Sometimes something really special comes along that we are just delighted to be involved with and the Make Believers is one of those such projects. Its a brand new charity which brings the real Santa to children in need.  We…read more »

September 11, 2009 life on the farm, photography

beautiful web designs…naturally

creative web design…naturally Look what we woke up to this morning all over our gardens… the best of web design you’ll ever find!

July 31, 2009 inspiration

Funky Foam Ideas

Need to bring a point-of-sale promotion to life or get that launch into the papers? Check out this Co Louth based company ‘Made in Hollywood‘ for some foam based funky ideas. We posted this link before and Fran got in…read more »

June 30, 2009 typography

google earth alphabet

Found this nice Google Earth typography experiment over on deviantart.com

June 24, 2009 Awards, Logos, stuff we like

and the winners are…

best of european design awards – the winners 2009

June 12, 2009 typography

fontifier – a font from your handwriting

Download the Fontifier character sheet from the website, see it in, scan it in, Upload the template and preview your own handwriting as a font. To download the font and use it costs just $9. Save

May 26, 2009 random inspiration

clickforart.com

Forget about your standard cushions, check out these fab creations from clickforart.com adorned with limited edition prints. Save

May 22, 2009 stuff we like, typography

free font: miso

This is a nice rounded typeface designed by Swedish designer Mårten Nettelbladt available for free over on his website: omkrets.se

May 19, 2009 just for fun, typography

think you know your fonts?

Think you know your fonts? Try out this game (from London design agency Deep) and find out how good your font knowledge really is.

May 15, 2009 Uncategorized

Let’s Create Some Good

Came across this interesting approach to creative thinking for the greater good http://www.colalife.org As designers we create so much of what is seen, used or experienced daily. It is our role to think laterally and invent clever ways to encourage…read more »

smashingmagazine.com

smashingmagazine.com is a great site to keep up to date with developments in graphic and web design. It’s updated regularly with lots of helpful tips, interesting articles, links to great work and some freebies, like free fonts (below).

cardobserver.com

Great website for business card design inspiration. Below is one of the designs from the site, a wooden card designed for a gallery called Fifth Floor Gallery. www.cardobserver.com Save

May 11, 2009 stuff we like, web design

MEGA CITY HERO – WHAT A BRIEF…

So many things inspire us, but the brief we got for the ten project’s mega city hero was quite truly unique. The time zones between us all are diverse with therese in canberra, john in sau paulo and us in…read more »

April 9, 2009 Uncategorized

for the love of – call for entries

This is the first in a series of exhibitions in Dublin which hopes to bring together Ireland’s talents and showcase them in an accessible and contemporary environment. We would like to invite designers, artists & students to submit work in…read more »

February 24, 2009 packaging

refreshing packaging

  Some beautiful packaging designed for alcoholic spirits… refreshingly different from Integrity Spirits in Portland, Oregon. Stylish website too…simple and to the point, i.e.  ‘Show off our Great Bottles’ http://www.integrityspirits.com  Great to see a company invest in a fresh approach… Love…read more »

January 9, 2009 stuff we like

European Design Awards

http://www.ed-awards.com/

January 9, 2009 stuff we like

Good enough to eat

While working on Michelle O’Donnells new Glasshammer brochure I spotted this cool bowl. Just looking at it makes me hungry, I want to snap bits off and eat it! Glasshammer bowl

January 9, 2009 stuff we like

London Arts

Came across the London Arts new ID which i really like for its simplicity and ended up looking at the design company’s site…. some lovely work and smart idents too…  esp. in the arts sector     http://www.whynotassociates.com/