Typography Tuesday: Packaging & Illustrations by NY-based Graphic Design Firm, Two Arms Inc.

Holy typographic inspiration! Best known for their gritty silkscreened rock posters, design duo Michael Tabie and Karen Goheen of New York-based agency Two Arms Inc., have widened their skill set.

With specialty fragrance packaging for Bath & Body Works, music packaging for Swiss rock band, Favez, and custom illustrations for hip publications like Wired, Two Arms Inc. has been featured in design industry authorities like Print, Communication Arts and Graphis.

“We believe in the craftsmanship, an attention to detail, and the sweet spot between concept and execution,” states the firm.

We really can’t get enough of their illustration-heavy posters, editorial drawings and hand-lettered labels and packaging. Browse some of our favorites below, and get more design inspiration at twoarmsinc.com.

Editorial Illustration: Boston Magazine

Boston Magazine: 100 Years of Fenway
“Researching Fenway Park’s printed ephemera through the past century was like opening a time capsule. We happily combed through decades of old tickets, baseball cards and printed brochures for inspiration.” –Two Arms Inc.

Boston magazine editorial typography and illustration for Fenway Park by Two Arms Inc

Editorial Illustration: Wired Italy

Wired Italy: Macchina della Morte
Illustration for Wired Italy’s article focused on ‘Macchina della Morte.’

Typography inspiration: editorial illustration for Wired: Italy by Two Arms, Inc

Music Packaging: Favez “En Garde”

Favez: Full length LP 6-panel Digi Pack for “En Garde”
We wanted to visually create a massive tower of sound rising above, to represent the bands larger than life sound.” –Two Arms Inc.

Favez LP music packaging designed by graphic design firm Two Arms Inc

Bath & Body Works Custom Packaging

Bath & Body Works: Beauty Packaging
Special edition body lotions for Bath & Body Works featuring custom hand-lettered, typography by Two Arms Inc.

Hand lettered typography for custom Bath & Body Works packaging by Two Arms IncHand lettered typography for custom Bath & Body Works packaging by Two Arms Inc

Editorial Illustration: Time Out New York

Time Out New York
“We had the pleasure of working with New York’s mecca of ‘things to do,’ Time Out New York. We illustrated the cover of their ‘60 Great Dates’ Valentine’s [Day] issue, which offers a range of date options in NYC that give you more bang for your buck, in addition to Time Out’s [annual] ‘Singles’ Issue which features 100+ NYC singles, and the top 100 date places in the city.” –Two Arms Inc.

Editorial illustration for Time Out NYC by graphic design firm, Two Arms Inc

Editorial Illustration: Men’s Health

Editorial illustration typography inspiration by Two Arms Inc for Men's Health Magazine

Men’s Health Guide to Drinking
Spot Illustrations and typography for Men’s Health feature, a “Beginner’s Guide to Drinking” by Two Arms Inc.

Questions/comments? Email the editor, Mani O’Brien at mo’brien@fidm.edu

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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