Matt Lehman is really good at logos, and illustrations. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a fun and well executed branding portfolio. There are some straight up classics in there, and that Warner Nashville one, wow. I’d love to see this guy get more into poster work, but simplified. I feel like some of his illustrations tend to get a little busy while minimalism seems to be his strong suit. The two included above are good examples of a nice balance of clean lines and texture.
You may remember Smithson Martin as the guys who made a splash a while back with this crazy monstrosity touchscreen DJ controller which smacked of vaporware.
Well apparently that thing was real and now it’s even realer because they have released a beautifully designed desktop version that’s infinitely more practical. Unfortunately it’s like $5000 so it’s not happening. But one can dream. Personally, I still haven’t figured out whether touchscreens are my thing for live performance. I got an iPad with the hopes of incorporating it into my live workflow but it still hasn’t happened. I personally don’t like having to be constantly looking down at gear the whole time and I need the tactile feedback of knobs and sliders.
Still not sure if I’d dig the Emulator for live music, but I think it would be great in the studio. And not just for music either, I think this would make a great Photoshop or Lightroom controller if set up properly.
Another day, another poster. I usually just do one poster for longer tours but this time around I wanted to do something specific for a couple of the shows this summer. First was the Troubadour print and now it’s this one for the July 14th Tycho show at Webster Hall in NYC.
Alan Sailer creates beautiful imagery using high speed photography techniques he developed. While we’ve all seen high speed stuff like this before but I for one have never seen it treated in such an artistic way. It’s amazing how he captures just the right moment in these (the pony head about to burst is impossibly well timed). The color composition is spot on too.
Tanlines – Brothers
Phantogram – Don’t Move
Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe
Porcelain Raft – Tip Of Your Tongue
Elite Gymnastics – Here, In Heaven 2
Destroyer – Kaputt
Teen Daze – The Future
Gardens & Villa – Black Hills
School of Seven Bells – Scavenger
Bear in Heaven – World of Freakout
Space Dimension Controller – Tiraquon’s Return (A New Home)
Jai Paul – Jasmine
John Maus – Molly
The Drums – Days (Trentemoller Mix)
Doldrums – Endless Winter
Shigeto – Please Stay
Hundred Waters – Wonderboom
Roman Flugel – How To Spread Lies
SBTRKT – Atomic Peace
Fort Romeau – Some Of Us Want For Nothing
Matthew Dear – Around A Fountain
Magazine – The Visitor’s Bureau (Magazine edit)
Dauwd – Acireams
Knxwledge – Ovrmyne
Clams Casino – I’m God (instrumental)
Grimes – Genesis
Benoit & Sergio – Everybody
Julio Bashmore – Well Wishers
Lower Dens – Lion in Winter Pt. 2
Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)
Tomas Barfod – Broken Glass (Shlohmo Remix)
Teebs – Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff
Nils Frahm – Keep
Orcas – Arrow Drawn
Steve Hauschildt – Already Replaced
The Host – Summer Solstice At Cape Canaveral
Oneohtrix Point Never – Sleep Dealer
Todd Terje – Swing Star Pt 1
Classic branding and packaging design by Barcelona-based firm Marnich Associtates. The stuff for Noguera & Vintro is incredible. Interestingly enough — and despite that excellent branding — they’re apparently the “exclusive distributor of Hello Kitty in Spain”. Good thing you have this incredible, minimalist branding, because we all know Hello Kitty retailers and very concerned with modernist graphic design.
All joking aside, this seems like a very strange choice of branding considering the product / market. It also just plain looks weird on the site with all that garish Hello Kitty stuff going on in the middle. Do you think the client asked for this seemingly incongruous style of branding or was it foisted upon them by an overzealous design shop? Judging from a lot of the playful work on Marnich’s site, I’d bet on the former as I could see them treating this right. Odd.
Wired has a great feature on their blog called Beyond Apollo where they “chronicle space history through missions and programs that didn’t happen”. Some great imagery up there. Also, Spock. And look how new The Shuttle looks! Seems fake.