While browsing Ffffound a few days ago I came across one of my favorite CD covers, that of Mezzanine by Massive Attack. Upon clicking to see where the image had been linked from, I was pleasantly surprised to find an article on PingMag showcasing the designer, Tom Hingston.
Toms’ portfolio is amazingly diverse. His studio showcases just about every medium, from photography to sculpture to 3D modelling, and also houses identity, print and fashion design. He has even worked on some motion pictures, such as Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anton Corbijn’s Control.
Musically, he has worked with the likes of Röyksopp, Gnarls Barkley, Garbage, Robbie Williams, Nick Cave and many more.
“An open-minded approach is key to each project. This is underpinned through a process of research which will then help us shape and define our ideas.”
Check out the article on PingMag, and also Tom Hingston Studio for more.
This post is in addition to my previous entry about my work for the Australian electro outfit Duosseudo. The CDs arrived last week and the guys really did a bang-up job on quality and stock. I’ve never designed a digi-pack layout before, and the simplicity of it’s construction makes me want to more of the same.
It is always a fun process to create something visually that syncs up with a group’s sound. Not only must the design stand out on a rack, but it must fit into the idea behind the album as well as speak about the genre they fall into.
I had lots of fun exploring visuals for the guys in Duosseudo, so here are a few examples of art I generated along the way, beginning this past March.
Check out the final design, and more about Duosseudo.
My favorite inspirational lecture website, Ted, posted a wonderful presentation by Moma design curator Paola Antonelli entitled Design and the Elastic Mind. Paola dives into specific facets of the design and science communities where bridges are being forged and both communities are not only aware of one another, but working together to improve the world.
“Really good designers are like sponges. They really are curious. They absorb every kind of information that comes their way and transform it so that it can be used by people like us.”
She even name drops my favorite science magazine, Seed. This presentation is well worth the 18 minutes, check it out here. (via Surfstation)
Beautiful work by Portuguese designer and illustrator João Oliveira. João’s portfolio is stacked with wonderful and diverse artwork from his personal and professional projects.
Check out his personal website, On Repeat for more of his stellar work.
Wonderful work by Brooklyn-based photographer Matthew Porter. Great sense of atmosphere, composition and color.
His work first caught my eye via the top photo above. There’s nothing better then a muscle car vaulting 50 feet in the air on a city street. It’s both badass and Hot Wheels rolled into one.
My pal Ryan Grant who recently launched his music/culture site Here to Destroy, made a post about Nine Inch Nails’ recent endeavor entitled The Slip. I had lost track of NIN’s work in recent years but thought I might give the newest CD a listen, afterall it is available for free right here.
I plugged all the tracks into my iTunes and have been enjoying the album over the past week, but it wasn’t until now that I noticed every track on the album has it’s own artwork viewable in the small Selected Item window. Beautifully simple designs which combined create a consistent identity for the album and its music. The artwork above correspond with the following tracks:
3. Letting You
6. Head Down
7. Lights in the Sky
8. Corona Radiata
9. The Four of us are Dying
10. Demon Seed
I have to give credit to Trent Reznor for constantly offering up new ways to distribute and present his art.
I have been busy with freelance over the past few months and haven’t had the time to keep my store inventory up to date. However, I’ve jumped on the task of restocking some previously sold-out posters and put together a bit of a Fall promotion. For the next week ending Friday, October 24 all orders from the Signalnoise Store will be 10% off, simply enter the coupon code ‘TURBO’ upon placing an order.
If you order two or more posters and I will throw in a free 11 x 17 Fast Times poster while supplies last. This poster was used to promote my recent art show and I did a limited run of them.
I would also like to note that the 2 Smashing Years poster I created for Smashing Magazine has been added to the Signalnoise Store and is now available for purchase. I was asked by Smashing Magazine to create this poster to commemorate their 2nd anniversary as one of the mightiest design blogs on the web.
So swing by the Signalnoise Store to check out what is in stock.