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alex garland interview (part 1)
alex garland interview (part 2)
brandon graham interview (part 1)
brandon graham interview (part 2)
snapshot interview
insects + cowboys interview
paul pope interview
afrika bambaataa interview
jesse moynihan interview
_what
layouts for the london-based, independent graphic fiction magazine, your days are numbered.
_how
we discovered issue #1 of YDAN on the streets london back in 2011. it was free, the design-work inside was brave, punk and in the context of where magazines have gone in the last 10 years, felt fresh. we were excited and reached out to them immediately to applaud their work. a few months later and we were talking about how we could collaborate. suffice to say that every issue since #3 has included layout work from us in the form of a center-fold design for the magazine's leading interview piece.
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yourdaysarenumbered.com
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black
white
webcam feature
draw feature
_what
website for the new york-based PR firm, kaleidoscope consulting.
_how
back in 2008 we created a rather simple and elegant flash website for the art and fashion-based PR firm, kaleidoscope consulting. aware now that their site was useless on a range of new platforms but still very much in love with the look and feel of it, they asked us to recreate the site using HTML5 and javascript. in response we proffered that we might add another dimension to the site, and began to scheme this new black + white edition you see before you. the result is a site that's fully iphone and ipad compliant, and features not just a kaleidoscope that can be populated with images from your webcam, but also (thanks again to mr doob) hand drawn sketches too.

you can read more about the making of the site here.
_features
  • html5 / javascript driven interface
  • webcam snapshot technology
  • harmony drawing technology
  • original music
  • wordpress backend
_link
kaleidoscopepr.net
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wide
detail
_what
record sleeve for the sheffield-based band, 65daysofstatic.
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wild light is 65daysofstatic's sixth LP. presented with manifestos, poems, drawings, prints and transcripts of studio discussions about the concept of 'wild light', we set about producing a piece of work that we felt best encapsulated these ideas whilst also touching on how it felt to listen to the music itself. the result is something we're very proud of, and we hope is something that will change in meaning when you hear the music itself.
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65daysofstatic.com
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BBDLP1 cover
detail
poster
_what
artwork for big black delta's debut LP, BBDLP1
_how
continuing the very fluid back and forth between us and jonathan bates, this the cover for the forthcoming BBDLP1 is our attempt at capturing the immensity that is this new record. whether you are listening to the lush love song that is 'capsize' or the vastness, heaving space trip that is 'BBD3', we wanted the cover to echo both the inner workings of jon's mind as well as the beautiful, dark recesses of the universe. no longer the man with his head exploding on the cover of mellowdrone's 'angry bear', we now step deeper inside that thinking and in doing so reach much further out into space as we get involved with his obsession with UFO folk-lore and his desire to be taken away from his planet by whatever means possible.
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bigblackdelta.com
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EP cover
_what
artwork for makeup and vanity set's EP, never let go.
_how
working with makeup and vanity set continues to be a very exciting, fluid and rewarding process. this time around, in terms of a brief, we were given the recordings themselves, informed that the release would be out on cassette only and asked that we try to echo a visual from the VHS era of home entertainment. old enough to have lived through a great portion of the VHS and cassette eras, we understood how this record would sound when fans heard it and very much where it was coming from in terms of cinematic narrative. the decision to in some way make it photographic and involve some sort of backlit misty scene came very quickly, and was undeniably influenced by our shared love for shows from that era like twin peaks and the x-files. so it was then a matter of building that out with a combination of photographic elements and a series of photoshop brushes and textures. finally, the typography came about as a result of wanting something elegant and not too cliche, but that would also feel a little like film credits.

you can read more about the making of the artwork here.
_link
makeupandvanityset.com
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poster 2
poster 1
poster 3
poster 4
_what
open studio posters
_how
thomas & clare newbolt wanted us to create posters for their open studios. now that two have been made and they illustrate a different more minimal side of what we're capable of, we thought they were worth posting here.
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album cover
inside sleeve
back cover
cd
ep cover
_what
artwork for the pony collaboration's second album 'if these are the good times' and the supporting e.p 'i never knew'
_how
james, the head of the pony collaboration, came to us with a few photographs he had sourced as a starting point for the art direction on their second album. visually, the route we took was to show the new album as reflection of their first. this is especially apparent with the cd itself which reflects a more sombre outlook than the jolly pink one from their first release. both james and version wanted to take the visual cues from the first album and reflect it as if seen in a forgotten dirtied mirror, very much like the source photography he gave us.

their new album is out now on series 8 records. the new digital single will be out in may 2010.
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theponycollaboration.com
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front cover
back cover
_what
artwork for makeup and vanity set's self-titled album
_how
through our long-standing collaborations with the protomen we were contacted by their touring DJ makeup and vanity set. he wanted us to create a furious sleeve design for his forthcoming even more furious self-titled release. after 4 or 5 design ideas were tried, we found solace in the one you see here. if you dig it, know that the album is even better.
_link
makeupandvanityset.com
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film poster
album cover
_what
artwork for the protomen's second album, act 2 - the father of death
_how
everything about this record cover + poster had to be bigger and better. the moment we heard act 2 we knew the protomen had taken things far beyond anyone's imagining, and that we were under a huge amount of pressure now to produce artwork that echoed that through & through. we were aware of john delucca's work after collaborating with him on a previous poster for the band, and hired him once again to produce the fantastic 'streets of fire' inspired drawing you see above. we then took care of the sleeve + poster layouts and also put together the 24 page booklet that would detail the story behind the music on the album.
_link
protomen.com
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wide
cover
back cover
poster
_what
artwork for mellowdrone's second LP, angry bear
_how
mellowdrone called us one evening in march wondering if we were at all interested in working with them on the artwork for the follow-up record to 'box', an album which we'd played into the ground obsessively for who knows how long. work began immediately with discussions about what the new record was saying and where the band were at now. turns out they were the same age as us and into all the same stuff (david lynch, fist of the north star etc.). we then toiled for a while on an idea and passed it over to them. it was the right direction. we then produced 2 more pieces in a similar vein that formed a narrative around the core concept and produced templates for both cd + vinyl. the vinyl doesn't contain the third and final panel of the artwork, but it does have a blue plastic disc and a nice design idea for navigating which side is which.
_tags
poster
_what
escape from new york film poster
_how
every film has to have a great film poster to go with it. 65 asked us to make sure this was the case with their road movie. 11 completely different designs were produced, this was the winner.
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cover
back cover
lyrics + credits sheet
labels
release show poster
_what
7" vinyl single artwork for the nashville-base band, the protomen
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this is the protomen's first release from their forthcoming new album, tentatively titled 'act 2'. taking inspiration heavily from the two tracks on the disc, we discussed all the many underlying themes in the music and how to represent them in the most simple and powerful form. as ever with the protomen, there's more than meets the eye and if you look closely at what we created here you'll find a number of interesting treats.
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ep cover
_what
promo artwork for the pony collaboration's first single, 'the fast lane'
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following on from the initial artwork we provided for their debut album, we teamed up with the pony collaboration once again to provide artwork for their promo single 'the fast lane'. in conjunction with the promo only cd release, a digital version of the single will be available on iTunes soon with their exclusive b-side 'all I know
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theponycollaboration.com
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album cover
inside sleeve
back cover
_what
artwork for the pony collaboration's self-titled debut album
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we here at version have been following the pony collaboration since they formed back in 2003 and have been strong supporters of their unique brand of wonky alternative country music. james scallan, the lead singer of the band whom is a friend of version from years past got together with us to collaborate (as pony so often like to do) on a creative venture to encapsulate all that went into those recordings but in graphical form. i think that between us and the pony collaboration we have created a perfect package for those wonky alternative country tracks. enjoy.

their debut album is out in april 2007 on series 8 records.
_link
theponycollaboration.com
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painting view
sketchbook
_what
site for the cambridge-based artist thomas newbolt.
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thomas called with some ideas for a site that offered us the opportunity to produce something that would showcase his life's work beyond any typical website limitations. for his online debut he said he didn't care for slow connections or primitive computer technology; the people he wanted to see his work wouldn't have them anyway & they had to be impressed.
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  • flash-driven, intuitive site navigation
  • system sound effects & a classical soundtrack
  • site enhancements for faster connections
  • database-driven site filing system
  • still & moving artwork viewing mechanism
  • 'sketchbook' guestbook.
  • video clip pop-ups & 2 full short-films
  • random article quoting mechanism
  • multiple site backdrops
  • contact form
_link
thomasnewbolt.com
_awards
gold medal in the november 2003 american design awards 
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kraken single cover
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record sleeve for the london-based rock band, officer kicks.
_how
straight out of the murderland here is our tough little cover for the first single off officer kick's forthcoming album, citywide curfew. the band's singer jamie gordon had a vision of this skeletal copper terrorizing the town depicted within the lyrics of this their latest 'concept' album.
_link
officerkicks.com
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album cover
inside sleeve
tray inlay
back cover
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artwork for actionfist's album 'fisticuffs'
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the electronic musician, actionfist, approached version industries with the need for some glitch based artwork to accompany his eclectic genre skipping style of music.

the album fisticuffs is due later this year on lab beat records.
_link
labbeat.com
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