Tycho Live In Toronto / New Poster
I just wrapped up the poster for the upcoming Tycho show in Toronto (shown above) which can also be purchased at the ISO50 Studio shop. I’m doing a solo art exhibition at Function 13 Gallery and then a live Tycho performance afterward at Nocturne on Friday, November 20th, 2009. I’ll be posting the gallery show poster tomorrow with all the info, for now you can find all the details for the Tycho (music) show here and details for the Function 13 Gallery Show here.
This poster is sort of an alternate take on the gallery show poster (which will be released tomorrow), they are both based on the same subject but have very different aesthetics. This is the first time I’ve worked directly with a live model for a project — I shot her against a light bouncer with a flood light coming from the back to get the silhouette. Although rather time consuming, it was a pretty fun process and I learned a lot. You may notice that this piece in similar to the Coastal Brake cover in it’s use of negative space. I’ve employed this concept in various ways throughout my career (the Past is Prologue cover [2004-2005], for example) but have only recently found the time to truly explore it to the extent that I have with these recent pieces as compositions in this style are the most time intensive of all my work. When creating these, I treat the process more like painting than graphic design and so things can become much more complex. This particular piece is not quite as complex as some of the others, it’s a composite of about 20 image layers overlayed using various blending modes and masked by the silhouette image, the negative space was then filled with photographed paper which was colored using color balance. It will be on display at the Function 13 ISO50 Gallery show on the 20th.
Tycho Show Details
ISO50 Toronto Art Show After Party
TYCHO (Live Audio / Visual Performance)
With Guest DJ’s
Aarnio (Ghostly/Moodgadget, New York)
Noah Pred (Thoughtless Music, Toronto)
550 Queen Street West Toronto
ON MSV 285
$10 Advance / $15 Door
Purchase Advance Tickets
65 Comments Leave A Comment
Germen says:November 4, 2009 at 3:24 am
As always, amazing work Scott. Wich font did you use?
I’m curious to see the gallery show poster
alex rapada says:November 4, 2009 at 3:29 am
amazing, this is probably my fav poster design you’ve created so far!
Scott says:November 4, 2009 at 3:39 am
Thanks, it’s Univers with a little Helvetica for good measure. Univers has been my go-to font lately for the sophisticated vibe.
torrans says:November 4, 2009 at 3:48 am
Cool cant wait to see the other version.
ralph fisker says:November 4, 2009 at 4:22 am
Great use of purple. This is a poster you’d like to bump into on your attic and dust off after 20 years of aging.
Brendan Bercik says:November 4, 2009 at 4:32 am
This is a sweet poster Scott. Can’t wait to see what you churn out for the NYC show! I will most definitely be there
TheMem says:November 4, 2009 at 4:35 am
“Impeccably awesome” does not begin to describe this!
Toreno says:November 4, 2009 at 4:35 am
The fire/liquid style remind me some canadian guy work on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/alegorik/4018679150/
Cant wait for the show !
Ricardo says:November 4, 2009 at 4:49 am
This poster just makes me sweat!! Love the purple!
Id love to see this exhibit.
MárioM says:November 4, 2009 at 5:25 am
Well done Scott. Its one of my fav posters.
Keep up the nice work.
Greetings for Portugal.
Jon says:November 4, 2009 at 5:27 am
Can’t wait for the show/exhibit here in Toronto. Fantastic poster.
Daniel Carvalho says:November 4, 2009 at 5:46 am
Fantastic poster Scott. I did a silhouette very similar to this for an identity I was working on, except without all that cool crazy detail she’s filled with. Loving the negative space, real classy.
This is more so question than criticism, just wondering, is the date not meant to fully span the width of the type above it (Toronto)? It seems to fall a little short.
Steven says:November 4, 2009 at 5:59 am
Wow, what great colors. I’ll definitely excited for the show.
I think you meant to say “Friday November 20th”?
john says:November 4, 2009 at 6:53 am
that is fucking nice. my favorite ISO50 piece to date for sure.
Sinisa says:November 4, 2009 at 7:13 am
The poster is amazing.
(Drive over a couple miles east to Montreal, please)
Tom H says:November 4, 2009 at 7:23 am
I’d love to know where the liquid swirls came from, were they shot for this project, sometime before, part of an image library… ?
Leo says:November 4, 2009 at 7:33 am
Love this poster… very aesthetic feel to it… the purple colour is very kewl….
Scott, if possible if you could shed some light on creation of past prologue posters please… it would be really helpful to know how you create those coffee stain kindof masks… is it the coffee stain brush you use it or create a vector shape for scalability.. please advice. also if i may request please to publish a tutorial on poster designing with the vintage look and feel as you have on your posters please it would be really really helpful.
Thanks a ton in advance for your help
Daniel Carvalho says:November 4, 2009 at 7:34 am
Wow, that’s so weird, must have been an optical illusion on my work monitor, the date looks completely aligned / spanned now. Odd.
frank says:November 4, 2009 at 7:39 am
Very nice! This is very different from your other work. It’s cool that you’re branching out into shooting your own photos. I also like the texture on the purple. It looks like construction paper or a nice thick old matte dust jacket from a book.
Bas says:November 4, 2009 at 7:44 am
@Toreno: watching his works, I think he also is influenced by Iso50. Although it’s not bad, I think it’s a bit overdone.
Joel says:November 4, 2009 at 8:05 am
Anyone know of any good resources/references for approaching brochure design?
Tebb says:November 4, 2009 at 8:09 am
Spectacular as always, Scott
wes says:November 4, 2009 at 8:22 am
hansen. scott hansen. double 0 5… 0.
Sean says:November 4, 2009 at 8:26 am
Great Poster! I hope to add it to out collection.
Excited for the show in the TDot! See you there.
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Ross says:November 4, 2009 at 8:31 am
Yep. You’re a genius!
As soon as I hit your page and saw this, a totally involuntary ‘Oh Fuck’ escaped my lips. You just keep raising the bar.
Also, thanks for the heads up regarding your choice of typeface. I remember you mentioned a big font purge that left you with 30 or so go-to fonts… Any chance of blogging a list of what you kept? All the stuff I have is starting to resemble Comic Sans (in my mind anyway).
golukas says:November 4, 2009 at 8:37 am
As always, a peculiar and amazing work, congrats Scott.
Is sad to be very far from Toronto, hope some day you will performing in the other side of the america hehe.
This poster is different, but the vintage style is like your seal, like someone said, will wonderful if you can give’us some lines or lights about your vintage style.
Have a great one : )
//sorry the english.
Sahand says:November 4, 2009 at 8:48 am
Looks like the opening to a James Bond film. Well done!
schroeder says:November 4, 2009 at 9:27 am
Scott, will you be creating a poster for the upcoming portland show? I will hopefully be there and would love to get one signed at the show!
Brian says:November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am
Such amazing work as always. Good luck in Toronto!
NAVIS says:November 4, 2009 at 10:00 am
Amazing. I totally want a lava lamp now that looks like that.
Rent says:November 4, 2009 at 10:16 am
Manuel says:November 4, 2009 at 10:27 am
Kyle says:November 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm
I inverted the poster colors in photoshop and LOVE that version too! Can’t wait to see you perform in NY. Nice work, Scott.
Diesel Police says:November 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm
After reading some of the comments concerning this recent post, it looks like you may have to give a tutorial on the correct use of the word Typeface as opposed to Font. For example; the TYPEFACE/s Scott chose to use in the composition was Universe (and Helvetica). Fortunately he had that FONT/s on his computer or the poster might not have turned out so brilliantly. Your welcome.
Thain Lurk says:November 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm
I am so excited you are coming to Toronto, I am a very big co nosier of your visual work and audio career as well. I will see you on the 20th.
Thain Lurk says:November 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm
Welcome to Toronto, I am very excited you are coming to Toronto, I am a very big co nosier of your visual work and audio career as well. I will see you on the 20th, Thanks for coming this way.
RA_OUL says:November 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm
Another masterpiece! I feel you’ve really become one of the greater graphic designers of our time. Your skill level is just so far up there. A true master of layering. Your more recent work has been different from your work of the past but you still carry your strong signature style. Really great work Scott!
Scott says:November 4, 2009 at 1:35 pm
No, you weren’t seeing things, you called it. For some reason that slipped through on the web version, but it’s fixed now.
You’re absolutely right, I love the inverted version. I might have to print that one up as well.
Scott Lowe says:November 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Tycho theme song for the new 007 would be sick! Complete with ISO 50 opening creds.
Aline says:November 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm
I always love yours post ! You are amazing…
Luke says:November 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Beautiful work as always, your posters speak volumes and the colours are just incredible.
matt says:November 4, 2009 at 8:09 pm
This looks fantastic. Purchasing now.
If one could be mirrored, the set of two would look even better on a wall.
Moka says:November 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm
W°w! Very beautiful! Wishful thinking but I’d kill for a tutorial on how to achieve these effects.
I remember you uploaded one around January and I’ve been waiting the whole year for a second delivery :D
Ross says:November 5, 2009 at 12:36 am
@Diesel Police… Nah, the typeface is Univers. And I was asking about what fonts he has installed after the clear-out.
It all makes sense to me. If you were referring to someone else’s comment, then go for it! GIVE THEM HELL! Ignorant fools!
Which brings us back around to my question…
Nicholas says:November 5, 2009 at 6:31 am
While your in Toronto you should stop by Buffalo its only a 90 minute drive south. Great architecture and arts city.
frank says:November 5, 2009 at 8:10 am
Diesel: you’re wrong. Either use is correct as it’s a synecdoche. Or do you think it’s also incorrect to call your car your “wheels”?
Diesel Police says:November 5, 2009 at 8:34 am
Anyone care to challenge Frank on that comment or should we let him continue to think that? It doesn’t really matter to me, but I bet you could be deported from Switzerland for comparing Type to car wheels.
Ross? The comment wasn’t for you at all, just at those of the rising generation who don’t know a thing about design or how to express themselves effectively concerning design and it’s tools. I would also love a breakdown of the FONTS Scott chose to pardon on his computer. Good luck with the comic sans dilemma.
Scott, superb work! Your newest creations show an incredible amount of restraint and sophistication – a rare talent today. Cheers to the pioneers of Retro Neue.
Ross says:November 5, 2009 at 8:58 am
@Diesel Police… I was probably being overly defensive then, probably from secret concern that I’d said something stupid. I actually agree with your take on the lack of accuracy (the whole font versus typeface issue is a good illustration which I see all the time). Worse for me is the misuse of the apostrophe, but don’t get me started on that one or we’ll all end up raging and burning things.
There is a link on this blog to a good article about the font/typeface thing but I’ll be damned if I’m going to put down my coffee to start looking for it.
Thanks for the feedback. Just hope this post doesn’t publish in comic sans…
Adrian says:November 5, 2009 at 10:09 am
Scott says:November 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm
I think you’re remembering Alex’s article on font purging. I need to do that myself but haven’t taken the time. I only use about 12 fonts regularly, and of those I have a handful of go-to stuff that gets used on pretty much everything. I reformatted a couple months ago and some of the legacy fonts didn’t make the jump, need to go back and get those setup again.
Daniel Carvalho says:November 6, 2009 at 1:10 am
Heh, on that note, I’m on a new machine in the office running Windows 7. Which means, my font directory has been completely sanitized.
It is the best feeling ever.
I had hundreds of fonts, from classics to down right nasty hack-jobs.
Tom says:November 6, 2009 at 1:26 am
This one is your masterpiece!!!! I need this for my room, definetely!
Ross says:November 7, 2009 at 2:01 am
@Daniel, I’m in the same boat with hundreds of nonsense fonts that I will never use. I’m going to sanitize the sh!t out of them.
THanks for the pointer Scott, that’s the article I was half-remembering. Without wanting to come across all ‘new world order’ or anything, wouldn’t it be better if we executed anyone who uses novelty-style type?
Comic Sans should be called KillMeNowPlease. Also available in KillMeNowPlease Bold!
Jeffdoe says:November 7, 2009 at 11:15 am
So sick Scott… so sick.
blackabee says:November 8, 2009 at 11:40 am
lack of words to describe the feeling I get with this piece. the color composition is simply righteous. Can’t stop staring at the design.
Nibus says:November 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm
Hey Scott, nice work as usual – do you have a methodology for the colours you work with?
benalt says:November 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm
immaculate perfection …
David says:November 16, 2009 at 10:06 am
Craig Forsyth says:November 16, 2009 at 11:42 am
Can’t wait to see you in Toronto! I’ve been following your stuff for years, and have been waiting for you to do a show in town! Made my day to read this.
Allen says:December 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm
I’m so excited you finally went large format. I’ve been waiting for this all along. As soon as I get my clients to all settle up, I’m going straight for the biggest Hansen giclee I can buy – it’s so hard to make up my mind, though…
Jason - Giclee Services says:January 27, 2010 at 10:25 am
Beautiful poster, reminds me of the 60s and 70s bond intros.
michael says:June 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Tycho absolutely rocks! I can’t wait for more!!! You definitely are one of the best. Any chance your ever coming to Detroit?