Archive for February, 2008

Stamps Of Helvetia

Posted by Scott

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Collectively, the Swiss are, of course, de facto print design gods and they’re no slouches in the stamp department. These great examples are from AceJet’s Flickr, would love to have poster versions of all them. Particularly that very top one, simply amazing. If I ever got an envelope with a stamp even half-way resembling that I would frame it and never open it.

Black Mountain: In The Future

Posted by Scott

This is infinitely rad. It’s like my dream shower / bath on acid in another solar system. When I first saw this I thought it was some 70’s cover, but it’s brand new, came out this year. Nice work whoever did this, anyone know the designer / photographer? It looks to me like a collage of old photos, but not quite sure. I don’t know how they made bathroom tile and some random landscape look so sinister, but way to go, something really dark going on here. The type choice is perfect too; I always try to hate on serif fonts and then I see one used well like in this example and realize I need to use them more often.

Update via James in the comments:

"It was designed by Jeremy Schmidt, the keyboardist for Black Mountain. Here is an excerpt from an article in Exclaim magazine:

Schmidt has a long history in visual art and previously designed covers for Black Mountain singles, as well as those for his own projects. “For Black Mountain, the cover was intrinsic to making the record,” says Schmidt, who through cutting and pasting images, eventually came up with the design of a Rubik’s-type cube embedded into chilly, rust-coloured terrain. “It’s meant to very much look and feel like a classic album cover, in the sense of a gatefold LP. I wanted to make something that was kind of epic but not typically psych looking — something a bit more austere than that, a little more modern, but a little old looking as well. So that’s how I arrived at that geometric alien landscape sort of thing.”

Meet The World

Posted by Scott

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Saw this on FFFFOUND today, really very clever. Loving the vignette on the flag photos and the concept is spot-on. Using the flags as information design in this context is so poignant. Incidentally, I used to be obsessed with flags, had them hanging all over my room as a kid. Guess I’m still a sucker for them.

"Icaro Doria is Brazilian, 25 and has been working for the magazine Grande Reportagem, in Lisbon, Portugal, for the last 3 years. He was the author of the flags campaign "Meet the World" that has been circulating the earth in chain letters via e-mail…"

– Quoted From Brazilian

The D’s Have It…

Posted by Scott

So after going through all the comments on the contest post for the OFFF NYC 07 print, it looks like the general consensus has swung in favor of version D (pictured above).  After all of that, I’m still not 100% convinced which I like best. So I will be eventually printing a few versions, but the first to go out will be version D. 

As for the winner of the contest; there were a lot of great analysis and it was hard to pick just one that said it best, so I picked two.  And the winners are…..

Jacob Rubin (hrubinj)
Stephen Lynch

They will each receive a signed edition of the print along with some other stuff from the shop.  I’ve also picked a few runners up who will be getting some Tycho MP3s for their efforts.  Thanks to everyone who weighed in on this, so many great comments and good advice. This was definitely a good learning experience.

Back To Work

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After spacing out for the couple weeks since I got home I’ve finally mustered the energy / motivation to get back to work.  Been staring at the mess pictured above for the past few days finishing up a couple new songs. One of them is the next single for Ghostly which should be out in the next couple months. I will of course post some stuff up as soon as it’s cleared. I’ll be getting under way on the full album next month. 

Also, if you were able to get tickets to the MOMI show in Chicago this weekend, see you out there. I’ll be playing with Jonah Sharp and apparently projecting visuals onto a screen that’s frozen in ice.  Sounds good on paper, we’ll see.