I was one of five featured designers in this month’s issue of Design Bureau Magazine on the topic of album packaging design. The question: “In the age of the iPod, is there still money to be made in album art?” My answer is as follows:
“You might expect to be paid little or nothing, especially if it is for an indie band, but these projects present opportunities. Maybe it will be great for your portfolio. Maybe you can use this project in self-promotion efforts to get more and better work in the industry. Maybe it will get you more technical experience. Maybe you’ll get some recognition, either by winning an award or being featured on a design blog. All of these things need to be considered against the monetary compensation.”
There was more that wasn’t published, so I’ve included the “unofficial” version after the jump. Special thanks to Design Bureau and Lauren Smith for including me in this interview.
A couple months ago, I had the opportunity to design a gig poster for Sea Wolf’s show at The Cedar in Minneapolis. It was a great show and I got to meet Alex too, who is an extremely nice guy. The print is an 18×24 three color screen print (black, off-white, and yellow ink) on 100# Charcoal Brown French Construction stock. Prints are available for purchase at my etsy shop.
I was fortunate to work with Sharon Van Etten on a gig poster for her recent show with Tennis at First Ave. in Minneapolis. The design was inspired by the lyrics and music of her excellent new album, Tramp. The poster is a three color (green, black and gray) 18 x 24 screen print on heavyweight cream stock (French Construction Whitewash). You can buy a print at my etsy shop or at the paypal button above. Thanks to Sharon and her manager, Ben, for the opportunity to work on this with them.
I was very fortunate to have posters for The Rural Alberta Advantage and Jeremy Messersmith included in the AIGA Minnesota Design Show this year. The MPLS design community is full of amazingly talented designers and it’s quite and honor to have work showcased with some of the best design in MPLS this year. Special thanks to AIGA Minnesota as well as the design judges, Bobby C. Martin, Sarah Labieniec, Bonnie Siegler and Michael Shea.
I recently designed a gig poster for Nada Surf for their show with An Horse at First Ave. The design was inspired by their latest album, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy and is available for purchase at the link above. The poster is an 18 x 24 , four color screen print on heavyweight dark blue stock (French Construction Nightshift Blue) and was expertly printed by The Half and Half. Special thanks to the band for the opportunity to work with them on this project. I will post a few detail shots very soon.
My newest mix for DesignersMX was posted yesterday. Please go check it out. You can also check out my previous mix here. Thanks to DesignersMX for the opportunity to do another one of these – it’s always fun to make them.
The Rabbit Children EP is featured in the Exhibit section of the latest issue of Communication Arts (the Advertising Annual). Quite an honor to say the least. Special thanks to the CA editorial staff for choosing to publish my work!