Tycho Live In Toronto / New Poster

Posted by Scott

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
Doors: 9PM

Purchase Advance Tickets
Purchase Poster

65 Comments Leave A Comment


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.


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


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.


Tom H says:

November 4, 2009 at 7:23 am

Simply beautiful.

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

Hi Scott,

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


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.


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.
The Buzzoutroom – Chilled Downbeat Radio


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).

Thanks again.


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.


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!


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.


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…


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…


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.


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!


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…


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?