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Designspiration P1

So I am starting a simple post series of my inspiration derived from my saves on Designspiration. If you haven’t got a chance to check out the site now is the chance. I was invited earlier this year to be a member of the site and have utilized this wonderful resource quite frequently. So above is just Projection 1 from the JetstreamProjector Designspiration inspiration bank. In these projections I will be posting just small selections of my most recent saves. The Projection 1 feature includes a wonderfully designed poster for the band Vintage Modernists, the essential Dieter Rams’ “10 Principle Principles of Good Design” poster, as well as a beautiful poster of the great Massimo Vignelli’s “5 Phrases to Live By.” Many many more to come.

Check out more of what inspires me: JetstreamProjector on Designspiration

Also, check out Bruce Mai’s inspiration: Threefoureight on Designspiration

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Caffeine

I featured this Brandt Brauer Frick in a post a long while back but I recently discovered there music video for the song “Caffeine.” The video was created by Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna based off of Diaz’s cover art for the Brant Brauer Frick’s album “You Make Me Real.” The video is very minimalist, which I love, and has a very simple yet engaging storyline. Reminds me a lot of the contemporary society of Japan, THX 1138, and a little bit of Kraftwerk’s “The Robots.” Drone!

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New Tycho & Memoryhouse

I’m really excited to announce the early release of Tycho’s new album “Dive.” CD, vinyl, and direct download available over at the to ISO50 Shop. So far, I’ve ran through the album three or four times and I can’t get enough. This new music from Tycho has been long awaited and has far from disappointed. Looks like I’ll have my music set for my autumn/winter design sessions.

Visit ISO50 for more info.

I am also super excited for “The Years” EP by Memoryhouse which was just released late last month. The video above is a full stream of the EP with new and unreleased visuals by Jamie Harley. Jamie does a wonderful job capturing the emotion and feel of the music in the visuals with the dreamy, washed out, and psychedelic imagery. I’m really anxious for the full length LP now.

Also worth viewing: Quiet America by Memoryhouse.

Visit Memoryhouse.se for more info.

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New Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Got a call earlier from my friend Ian and guess what he was playing in the background? New Radiohead! Completely caught me by surprise. Thank you Jakub for posting the music on ISO50. I’ve been in a design slump lately and this is definitely going to get the creative juices flooding my brain. The video featured above for ‘Lotus Flower’ is one of the singles for the new album The King of Limbs. I didn’t know what to think of it the fist 10 seconds but after watching it all of the way through I couldn’t get enough of it. Thom Yorke you can dance like a maniac all day! We will be posting a review of the new album within the next few days so pay a visit.

In the meanwhile, get over there and buy the new album The King of Limbs.

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MmmHmm…Zodiac Shit

Here are dope videos of ‘MmmHmm’ and  ‘Zodiac Shit’ by Flying Lotus. I’ll be listening to the Cosmogramma album for the remainder of my Sunday night/Monday morning all night homework session.

Here’s a little bonus video for you from the Pattern + Grid World EP:

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Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine

So after being introduced to Toro Y Moi‘s first album Causers of This and being obsessed over it they have another album being released just around the corner: Underneath the Pine. The album as a whole has a different feel compared to their epic first album but after listening to it the whole way through I am finding myself in loop. It still creates a strong atmosphere of nostalgic lo-fi inherent in Causers of This. Here are some of my favorite track from Underneath the Pine set to be released March 22 on Carpark:

Toro Y Moi – New Beat

Toro Y Moi – Divina

 

Via Gorilla vs. Bear.

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Crystal Castles + Robert Smith

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Amazing remix and such a rad video of Crystal Castles’ “Not in Love” featuring Robert Smith of The Cure. I love the analog feel. It looks as if they distorted VHS footage to create the music video.

Via Pitchfork.

 

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The Wilhelm Scream

I’ve overlooked James Blank for almost a year now but when I saw Jakub’s post last night on ISO50 there was no ignoring this time. I immediately got his self entitled album after watching his powerful live performance of ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ on BBC. Wow…Such a hauntingly beautiful performance. Listening to the track on it’s own I would never expect such an otherworldly experience as this. The entire album was the exact inspiration I needed last night for designing. ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ is definitely my favorite track but ‘Limit to Your Love’ is also amazing.

Via ISO50.

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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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Launch Tomorrow

Tycho Live

Dusty Brown_Jessica

Don’t forget the Launch Design and Music Festival is tomorrow. I’m exited to see all the music and design/fashion that will be shown but I am really anxious to see Tycho (top) and Dusty Brown. I here that Tycho is going to start playing around 8:30pm but I haven’t got word yet on what time Dusty Brown will be playing. If you haven’t got you tickets yet there might be some available at the UnitedState store in Downtown Sacramento.

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