My friend and yours, Dusty Brown, recently covered Elliott Smith’s "Can’t Make a Sound" for a tribute album and it turned out incredible, dare I say, better than the original. You be the judge, have a listen below.
Dusty Brown – Can’t Make a Sound (Elliott Smith Cover)
Available on the album Hope You’re Happy
Incidentally, the last two images above are of the wall in Los Angeles that was used by photographer Autumn de Wilde as the backdrop for the Figure 8 album cover. Since Smith’s death it has become a sort of memorial for fans.
At least someone is getting packaging design right these days. These shots are from the 100% Chocolate Cafe in Tokyo. I somehow missed this while I was there, would have been nice to bring some home.
Came across the blog of Sarah France today, really liking how she keeps it old school with the hand drawn concepts. Long live Pen & Ink! She also has some cool photos along with a really clean page layout.
I really wish I spent more time with the pencil, I have become pretty lazy over the years. It’s come to the point where writing a full page of text makes my hand hurt so bad that I have to stop. Pretty sad, but I guess with computers there’s less and less need for handwriting.
File this one under "Things I’d never seen until now but somehow influenced everything I’ve ever done". I suddenly want to move to Massachusetts and work at MIT. This is the sort of design that makes me lament the fact I did not study design in school. How could I have gone all these years practicing design and never been aware of such an amazing talent? Sadly Casey passed away in 1992.
Creator: Casey, Jacqueline S
Title: Three exhibitions
Description: 1 poster : col. ; 78 cm. x 53 cm
Via: Rit Library
"Jacqueline Casey worked as a graphic designer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during those years and the posters promote activities and events on campus. In 1992, the MIT Museum donated the posters to RIT Library, RIT, in accordance with Ms. Casey’s wishes."
Couple Flickr shots from the MOMI show in Chicago last Saturday. Top two are from Whateverland and the bottom one is from Mark Wisniowski. That’s Dusty Brown on the left in the duo shots, if you haven’t checked out his music yet, get on it! Sent in Via Anthony Ciannamea.
Some really nice modernist book covers featured over at Defunkt. I love this style of illustration, Mike Mills took a similar tact for the Beastie Boys Stereo Speaker poster. And of course, you really can’t lose with Trade Gothic.
Here’s a shot of the full Bang & Olufsen Beo System from 1974. I posted the Beogram a while back but had yet to find a decent shot of the full system. This one appears to have been resized, so the qulality isn’t the best. If anyone knows of a press archive for 70’s B&O stuff let me know.
When will it end? Apparently never. I think it’s time I just give in and nominate the Canadians as completely owning the mid-late 70’s. The more I look at this sort of design, the more I realize how much it has influenced my own style. It’s funny because I don’t remember really being aware of design when I was younger and I certainly wasn’t fortunate enough to be alive (much less conscious) during the ’76 games. I guess these sorts of things just kind of seep in to your consciousness over the years through random, passing exposure without you completely realizing or understanding it’s impact.
At any rate, I envision my dream space as a large, concrete floored, open room with 3 story ceilings, all white, with these printed massive banner size hanging all along one side. I think the other side would be wood paneled in a light walnut with a flush installed Bang & Olufsen circa 1976 Beo system right in the center. Sprinkle in a healthy dose of vintage Hermann Miller, some Dieter Rams-designed Braun appliances here and there and things would be starting to look right. Maybe a wax figurine of Jakub in his ATMSPHR promo photo get-up and Jarvis Cocker glasses would be encased in a Perspex cylinder somewhere, perhaps animatronics would be involved, budget permitting.