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Modus Vivendi_Sonitus

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Modus Vivendi is derived from Latin for the way of living and Sonitus means sound. With the three words together, my translation goes, “The way of living through sound.” I recently displayed my work for a show called Constellation which was put on by some great friends of mine, Jim Sheppard and Liz Simpson. For this show, I decided to showcase my live band photography for the first time. I carefully selected the works that had an overarching mood and similar elements which created complimenting compositions for me to work with. Each selected work was crafted and finalized in post-production using image layering and element elimination in order to create meloncholic-minimalist pieces. One of my main goals for this project was to capture the essence of each artist in the most endearing and obscure way.

View the rest of the series here.

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Lavafilm Identity

Lavafilm Identity

Lavafilm Identity

Lavafilm Identity

Lavafilm is a film company based in Oslo, Norway. What caught my attention to the branding of Lavafilm was the emphasis of a body of visual elements in creating an identity system in lieu of a standard logo. This collaboration between Henrik Wold Kraglund and Ludvig Bruneau Rossow implements a strong palette of custom typography and photography, as well as heavy use of a grid structure and grayscale color palette. The custom typography used for the identity is a striking exploration of merging a serif with a sans-serif typeface.

The concept for Lavafilm’s identity is inspired by natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. During an earthquake, solid objects will divide and move to random positions. This has been the basis for the development of our solution.

Via the Behance Network.

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BREVENT

Beautiful. Powerful. Simple.

BRÉVENT
By Berg

Via SeptemberIndustry.

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Occupy | Greg Eason

Greg Eason’s practice deals with a formal and conceptual dissection of space. His meticulously detailed & characteristically sparse drawings and paintings isolate and monumentalise narrative fragments and translate this into a microscopic frame.

It is incredible how much beauty can be created using such minimal compositions.  It’s designs like these where I forget that I am looking at a 2 dimensional surface. Greg Eason does a nice job creating another layer/dimension to his work orchestrating elements to create illusions using beautiful subtleties that really enhance his work make the pieces come to life. I almost forgot to mention these are pencil on paper. You can purchase his prints here.

Via GraphicHug.

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Gottschalk + Ash Design

Here are some really nice pieces by Gottschalk + Ash who I previously introduced onto the blog a few posts ago. Once again, I am impressed by their extremely dynamic compositions. What we have here is a severe case of Swiss precision! Check out my previous post on the Galileo Poster.

Via grainedit.

 

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A New Penney | Old Goodie

I was really shocked to come across this the other day on AisleOne. I was drawn to the dynamic sequence design but when I looked at the bottom and found ‘J.C. Penney Company Convention’ I was stunned. After looking into the history of the poster I found that it was a one-off design for JC Penney and that the poster was designed during the late-1970s during a transition from an American general merchandiser to a to a streamlined department store with a closely integrated catalog business (container list). What a great way to find out about the influential designer George Tscherny.

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The New Humans ➡ Avalanche

If you haven’t already heard, it’s time you found out about The New Humans’ debut ‘Avalanche’ EP. As the band’s designer for a year and photographer for over two, it’s been amazing to watch The New Humans grow into the colossal force they are today. On Saturday, August 21st, The New Humans and I will release ‘Avalanche’ at the Townhouse to the masses.

Rough art concepts for the ‘Avalanche’ EP began early this year. The entire identity of the EP was designed around a stunning photo from The Herbert Collection which I’d stumbled upon in Sac State’s library. I turned the first few pages of the beautifully aged book, saw the image, and immediately could feel and hear TNHZ‘s ‘Avalanche’ pulsing through the paper. After several meetings with the band, we all agreed the image would make the perfect centerpiece to build upon.

I created a wordmark for The New Humans using the realist and modern typeface Univers. I felt it expressed the personality of the band, especially when the right colors were applied. The artwork creates nostalgia and hints at old science fiction book covers and movie posters from the late 60s and early 70s – both major inspirations for me. An accent magenta color was added to show the new and contemporary feel of the band in contrast of the retro imagery. With the artwork established, I was able to apply it to a flyer and poster design. The front and back of the flyer is shown in the last image above.

-Raoul Oretga

As a musician, you are always searching for imagery that accurately represents your music. It’s a very hard and scary process. With our band exploring many sonic textures on this album, we were daunted by the task of capturing all the musical elements visually while still maintaing a sleek and simple design. Luckily, we’ve got Mr. Ortega on our side.

Before we began designing the artwork, Raoul and I outlined two general concepts for the EP – we wanted to use a found image, and with said image, create a visual entity. We talked about artists like Stanley Donwood (radiohead) & Scott Hansen (tycho) who we admired for constructing a brand of sorts with every album they design — a visual stamp made on the music which inevitably becomes infused into the music itself. Think Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” or Radiohead’s “Ok Computer”.

When Raoul first sent me the image from The Herbert Collection, I was floored. It was the first and only image he ever showed the band, and right away we knew it was the one. As Raoul mentioned, the artwork evolved rather quickly after that. The text was added, tweaked, and finalized in a matter of days. The interior jacket sleeve was designed using type as texture, and the jewel case inlay is a glitzy remix of the nostalgic cover. With these elements added, we feel like we were very successful in creating an accurate visual representation of the album.

To further our pursuit in creating an entity around the album, promotional posters and flyers were made using the album’s general design scheme. We also redesigned our websites in accordance to the colors and images of the album. Needless to say, we feel we’re well on our way to imprinting ‘Avalanche’ in the minds of the masses.

– Cole Cuchna

The ‘Avalanche’ EP Release Party is this Saturday August 21st at Townhouse in Sacramento. The night will kick off at 9 pm and you will finally be able to get your hands on a CD.

For more information, go to The New Humans ‘Avalanche’ EP Release Party event page.

Check them out on their website, myspace, and facebook.

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FREE AT LAST

Wow! If all newspapers looked like this I would probably be broke from buying them all. My friend Liz sent this to me today and I just had to post it. The print was designed by Brianna Johnson for her MLK Jr. Free At Last project. She did an brilliant job creating a type-only spread with a retro feel. I just love this. I don’t quite know if it was actually printed or if this was her student project but If anyone knows please leave a comment. Check out more of her work from this project at Typography Served.

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Design Inspiration ➡ Michael Cina

I’ve seen his work before but it wasn’t until recently that I found out who he actually was. Michael Cina has done work for some of the artists on the Ghostly International Record Label which is where I’ve seen his work. He is also the cofounder of YouWorkForThem and is currently running the Minneapolis, MN studio. I was on his site CargoCollective and I found so much inspiration in his work. The ones above are just a few of my favorites. What draws me most to Cina’s work is the depth and layering of his compositions. His superb typography knowledge and skills are clear in his work as well. He is not afraid to go small the some of the type focusing on the micro-aesthetics.

Check out more of his work at CargoCollective.

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