Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This Will Make You Smile…

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… And not solely because Ed gives a nod to "Tomb" and "Tom"! (laughs) Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rosanne Cash: The Good Intent EP

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When my friend Susan, Art Director-extraordinaire, called me and asked if I'd be up for designing both cover art and a digital booklet for a Rosanne Cash digital-only EP, I naturally said "yes" and got to work right quick on this 2-weeks-from-start-to-finish turnaround project.

Rosanne, by birth alone, is country royalty but it's the fact that she's been doing her own thing for decades now that's earned my respect. And now she's releasing The Good Intent EP prior to her full-length, conceptual covers album in October called The List. Above, you'll see the EP cover (top) followed by 1 of the 4 panels from the digital booklet that comes with each purchase from iTunes.

Factoid #1: The Good Intent was the name of the boat that came to America from Scotland in 1653 with the very first Cash family member aboard.

Factoid #2: The List is titled after a list of 100 essential country songs her dad, Johnny, told her she must learn in order to truly know and appreciate the music itself.

For more on the fantastic story surrounding this conceptual covers album, go here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

For Your Hi-Balls (A Coaster Set)

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Another find at the Root's Country Market & Auction. Believe me when I say that I had no idea that the "coasters" were a combination mini-jockstrap and drink cozy! That sealed the deal, for sure, and the "set of pick me ups" immediately became mine. Regretfully there's no date or company information whatsoever while a Google search for "kings hi jockstrap coasters" revealed nothing!

For the history and list of highball drinks, go here. For typography and illustrations that make you yearn for Sinatra and a Salty Dog, go here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Labas Lietuva!

While Jerry Lewis had France and Yngwie Malmsteen (still) has Japan, ManAlive is busting out in Lithuania! Panevezys, Lithuania that is. You see, you never know what you're going to find on the interwebs and my site's analytics program's discovered someone in Panevezys has visited this site 62 times in the last month while averaging nearly nine minutes per visit! I'm both flattered and intrigued, I must admit. With that said…

If you're checking out my blog from Panevezys, drop me a line (the email link is under the "welcome" section to the right) and let me know how you came to find this site, what brings you back and if you're a designer as well.

Oh, and of course – thanks for stopping by! Ä® sveikatÄ…!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Shape Of The Earth

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With a title inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock" and band members who study neurology and history – the artwork for The Shape of the Earth's new EP simply had to take on an intellectual, academic, artistic and yet somewhat ambiguous nature.

The core concept and color scheme of the space was inspired by a photograph I took while exploring the Richmond Power Plant in Philadelphia. The eye itself brought science and history together, while meshing with the background itself in an homage to the shape of the earth itself.

For more on The Shape of the Earth, please check out the band's website and MySpace for more. Also, mark your calendars for the EPs release date on October 6th.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

PCA&D Admissions Viewbook '09-'10

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As with its sister piece, the Admissions poster, the "viewbook" is handed out to teachers, students and parents in hopes of their attending the college. The 24-page publication takes the same color palette, design themes and style as the poster but turns it around on itself just a bit. In the end, it's different… but it feels the same.