About the project

KUMMERSPECK

This German word literally translates to “grief bacon,” or gaining weight from eating your feelings.

David Cowles

What inspired you to create what you did?
This German word, put me in mind of the fantastic European travel posters of the first half of the 20th century. Specifically, the work of A.M. Cassandre influenced my rounded character. I know Cassandre’s not German, but he is European, so close enough maybe. Art from that time period has always been a big influence on my work, so it wasn’t a huge leap.

What can you tell us about your process to create the piece?
This one went pretty quickly. Roughed out a sketch and had it approved. Took that sketch into Illustrator to create the geometric shapes, then took that image into Photoshop to add some highlights and texture. I then sat back for a bit and stared at it to decide if I actually liked it or not. I did!

Cohber's Craft

David was inspired by international travel posters in creating his piece for FUEL. We, in turn, were inspired by his work to print on Finch Fine ultra smooth bright white on our AccurioJet Digital UV Ink-Jet Press.

Illustrator
davidcowles.net

Freelance designers and FUEL creative team members Diane Fitzgerald Harris @dfhdesign and Michele Randall @michele.randall created unique typography inspired by each of the words in our FUEL 18: LINGO calendar. The typography for November’s word “kummerspeck” takes every single word and holds onto it inside a never-ending black hole of emotions.