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magazine cover
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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this the spring issue of filmmaker magazine further evolves the overall approach we've taken with the redesign, both inside and out. this time around charlotte gosch and i introduced some new typefaces to the magazine and used their large family of styles to talk about how a magazine of this kind has different "voices," be those the the voices of the filmmakers being interviewed, the magazine's writers or the magazine's designers.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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opening and closing title sequences for the feature film, waves.
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director trey edward schults had a few ideas about how the opening titles for his new feature film, waves, should look and feel. he was keen to capture a certain, particular "florida feeling," the US state in which the film had been shot. in turn we suggested that a neon flicker of orange on top of the beautiful opening shot of the girl on her bike would hint nicely at the darker film to come. after finding the right colour, placing and treatment of the titles, we offered him some typeface options and he chose the one you see here.

for the closing titles trey had some unusual, abstract b-roll footage he'd shot in pre-production and we suggested we scroll black type through it so that at times the words literally got lost in the darker colours. this was one of those rare projects where everything we did the director and A24, the film's production company, loved straight off the bat.
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a24films.com/films/waves
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magazine cover
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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this the fall issue of filmmaker magazine further evolves the overall approach we've taken with the redesign, both inside and out. after the summer's "pandemic digital-only issue" charlotte gosch and i wanted to celebrate the return to print with an experimental design. we explored the idea of "spatial depth," as hinted at in the magazine's logo, within the pages of a magazine. we blurred images and laid them over other images to give a sense of light, projected films and so on. we then used a brutalist-style chiaro scuro approach within the magazine's layouts to talk about what it is to move through space, particularly when entering the cinema to see a film in the darkness.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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magazine cover
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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this the summer issue of filmmaker magazine further evolves the overall approach we've taken with the redesign, both inside and out. this time around, due to the global pandemic and printers being closed down, we redesigned the magazine for digital viewing only. charlotte gosch and i therefore changed the format of the magazine to suit the scrolling experience, as opposed to the physical page turning experience.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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'breaking news' is the 4th record in a series of imaginary soundtrack albums by matthew pusti, AKA makeup and vanity set. it is the first record in a start of a new trilogy, but a part of a larger series under the name 'charles park'. the narrative of this record is based more around a criticism of the american news media. based on a short plot synopsis from matt, long-standing collaborator john delucca and i set to work on creating a cover that we felt set the tone of the movie inside matt's head. the result of that work you can see here.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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vinyl
cd
cassette
LP cover
CD cover
digital cover
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record sleeve for the berlin-based musician, alessandro cortini.
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old friend and long-standing collaborator, alessandro cortini, asked us to take care of the logo and design the layouts for his new album, volume massimo. photographer emilie elizabeth had already shot the beautiful cover photographs you see here when we joined the project. it was then our task to frame these images with a rich yet minimal design aesthetic that further harmonized with the album's overall tone. in the end we went with three different covers for the album - one for the vinyl, one for the CD and one for the digital / streaming edition.
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store.mute.com/browse/mute/products/alessandro-cortini-volume-massimo
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still
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closing title sequence for the feature film, the song of sway lake.
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we met director ari gold at a party on his rooftop. in discussions about his forthcoming new film he revealed he was looking for a title sequence. sharing a love for the filmed title sequences of saul bass, we agreed to stay and touch and discuss things further. a few weeks later producer alexandra byer, cinematographer shabier kirchner and i found ourselves upstate filming by a lake. not long after that were cutting the sequence you see here into the film. the piece combines almost every aspect of what we do as a company, from record cover design through to film direction.
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swaylake.com
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cover
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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continuing our long-standing devotion to offering makeup and vanity set the best packaging we can, we were very happy that he canned our initial attempts at making a cover for up and vanished's second season. it was in throwing out all of our original ideas that we stumbled across this idea for cover you see here now. the burnt photograph and the flower both represent elements of the podcast's true crime narrative and they collage together to further expand upon that same narrative.
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upandvanished.com
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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with issue 104 of the magazine we decided to revamp the filmmaker logo once again. we didn't want to change the concept of it, but more the way in which we'd previously executed it. the original rendition had been hand drawn and this revised edition was more machine-made. the result is more refined and, we feel, a more fitting translation of our original concept.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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cover
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record sleeve for the berlin-based band, sonoio.
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for this the third and final sonoio release, alessandro cortini asked us to produce artwork that offered a more cinematic visual than last time. after much discussion we landed on the idea of building a film set, lighting it and photographing it. we then reached out to long-time collaborator, the photographer matt sundin, and got to work sourcing all the necessary materials. the final cover offers both a commentary on the dual translations (italian and english) of the album's title, 'fine,' and a visual suggestion of the sonic and lyrical nature of the music. 

the record is available through dais records on vinyl, cd and all streaming services. if you have the means, we cannot recommend a physical copy of the record enough. it offers a rich accompaniment to what is already a really beautiful listening experience.
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sonoio.org
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cover
back cover
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, you drive.
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you drive is a new band formed by long-term collaborators of ours, makeup and vanity set, and the singer / song-writer jasmin kaset. a few months ago they approached us to create their debut album artwork. the plan for the record was to release it on vinyl. after listening to the record for some time we took a feeling for the overall tone and some lyrical fragments from the songs, and decided to make a series of still life photographs that we'd then insert into the jacket design in one form or another. working in collaboration with the photographer, jeff brown, we sourced various objects, built a series of sets in our studio and got to work arranging and lighting things. we then created abstract interpretations of the same photographs and used those as counterpoint pieces throughout the layouts. the resulting package we feel speaks to the music in both direct and indirect ways.
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you-drive.co
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, stray dolls.
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producer and co-writer charlotte rabate got in touch with us with an interest in us creating a poster for her latest production, stray dolls. after watching the film we met with director and co-writer sonejuhi sinha and discussed her intentions for the poster. we then presented a series of ideas, from which she selected two. what you see here is a hand-made poster that we felt spoke to the film both narratively and emotionally.
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film poster for the feature film, i am a seagull.
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co-director alex harvey got in touch with us because of our work on filmmaker magazine. he was after a poster for his new hybrid-documentary, i am a seagull. the film documents the production and performance of chekhov's play, the seagull, upstate new york around lake lucille. we presented a range of ideas that we felt tackled the films multi-level narrative and 4th wall leaping dynamic. the final piece you see here talks about what it means to make a film that interleaves a rehearsal and play's full narrative at the same time.
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iamaseagull.com
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poster
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theatre poster for the play, a lesson from aloes.
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actress / producer wendy vanden heuvel reached out to us after our work on i am a seagull, and sent us a copy of the athol fugard play, a lesson from aloes. after reading it we discussed with her at length the possibilities for a poster. the resulting image is one we'd conceived over the phone in our initial discussions, and that was photographed one chilly spring evening here in our studio in new york. photography by caspar, of maba ba, assisted by jeff brown.
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alessonfromaloes.com
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cover
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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furthering the cover to cover redesign we established with issues 100 and 101, we this time took an accidentally out of focus, behind the scenes still from chloe zhao's the rider and used it to echo, amongst other things, the issue's refocussing on women filmmakers and the magazine's own logo treatment.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, the party's just beginning
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producer mali elfman and writer / director karen gillan got in touch with us and expressed their interest in working with us based on our portfolio of poster work thus far. as they suspected, the film was something we found very easy to relate to and produce good work in support of. pretty soon the ideas were flowing thick and fast. we produced a series of posters throughout the process, and the one you see here felt like the best fit for the film's world premiere at the glasgow film festival
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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here with issue 101 we continued to push the cover to cover redesign concept we'd developed with the 100th issue. this time we created a cover design that spoke to both the drama of the feature article 'wormwood', and the 'editors on their cuts' piece later in the issue.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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film poster for the feature film, sollers point.
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we first worked with matt porterfield on his short film, take what you can carry. more recently caspar was set photographer (and designed the title sequence) on his third feature film, sollers point. after playing with various ideas, matt selected one of caspar's photographs from the set as the final poster image. the typography, layout and colour were then selected to reflect the tough, unpretentious tone of the film.
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25 new faces spread
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redesign of the new york-based film journal, filmmaker magazine.
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we pitched editor scott macaulay on the redesign of his longstanding, much respected, new york-based magazine and he said it was perfect timing. the forthcoming issue was to be his 100th issue, marking 25 years since he started the magazine with friends back in the early 90s. after some further discussion we discovered he shared a similar aesthetic interests to ours and soon the project was under way.

sharing a mutual admiration for each other's work we contacted our friend charlotte gosch in germany and asked her if she'd like to collaborate with us on the project. the whole magazine including the logo was redesigned over the space of about a month and a half. we hope the design speaks for itself as you move from page to page, but in short it represents an attempt to breathe new life into a word-heavy film journal and talk about the importance of the image in that context.
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filmmakermagazine.com
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4 vinyl box set.
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record sleeve for the sheffield-based band, 65daysofstatic.
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our friends and long-standing collaborators 65daysofstatic were hired to write the score to the forthcoming game, no man's sky. 65 in turn asked us to put together the artwork for the soundtrack itself. after listening to the music for months we had a long chat with the band and came up with a loose aesthetic trajectory. two or three different approaches were fully explored before we settled upon what you see here.

the landscape paintings you see embedded into the various covers are by another of our long-term collaborators, john delucca.

the record is available here in various physical and digital formats.
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65daysofstatic.com
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, big black delta.
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the cover for big black delta's 2nd LP, tragame tierra, was the 'last man standing' after trying a series of ideas that attempted to capture the subtler qualities of the new tracks. in the end we settled on a minimal aesthetic, colours that jon felt were closer to his sensibilities these days and a photograph jon liked of himself taken by jeff brown, and we developed things from there.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cover + records
back cover
inside spread
detail
cover
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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2 years in the making, wilderness is the new album from our good friends and longstanding collaborators, makeup and vanity set. the artwork stems from the narrative matthew pusti wrote for the record has he composed it. a combination of bespoke photography and extensive digital collage-work, it's perhaps our most involved record sleeve to date.

the record features the talents of many friends including big black delta, the protomen, witchoria and joey ciccoline. the short film accompanying the record's release and is featured in part in the album's video trailer above.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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film poster for the short film, eidolon.
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joey ciccoline's new short film was created in conjunction with the release of the new album by makeup and vanity set, who also scored the film. the narrative is science-fiction in nature and explores the process of dealing with loss. the poster design tackles the key ideas in the film both typographically and through a collage / double exposure of images.

the film will be released april 8th and you can preorder it here.
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eidolonfilm.com
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cover
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, white sea.
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here is the unused cover we did for white sea's in cold blood LP. in the end morgan decided she wanted to take a different aesthetic direction for the album, but we're still proud of how this turned out. furthermore you can now see the development from the single cover we did, through to the final LP.
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whiteseamusic.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, she's lost control.
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we met director anja marquardt through our friend and collaborator, the casting director allison twardziak. anja asked that we help her with the design of the theatrical release poster for what was her first feature film. from the get-go our aim was to touch on the psychological complexity depicted within the film. so, taking a more recent studio photograph of the film's star, we retouched the image to bring it more in line with the film's narrative. on top of this we then applied heavy, grid-like typesetting, to establish a barrier between the viewer and the film's protagonist. we hope that the poster gives you an hint of what lies beneath the surface of this film, without explicitly spelling it out.
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fb.com/slcmovie
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poster for the feature film, valley of saints.
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director musa syeed got in touch and asked that we watch his film with a view to creating a poster for it. we were moved by the picture and set to work exploring 2-3 different visual directions that touched on key themes in the film. the design you see here is the one that musa felt closest to. it attempts to capture the sense of conflict surrounding the decisions the main character had to make in the story.
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valleyofsaints.com
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poster for the feature film, julia.
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as friends, we've spent many a long night in new york or los angeles discussing horror films with director matthew brown. when he asked us to create a poster for his new film julia, we were not just honoured but also found ourselves very in sync with what he was after. the poster you see here went through a series of different layouts, but the core of it remained the same from the outset. 
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fb.com/juliathemovie
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tour posters
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here are a few of a large series of tour posters we created for big black delta's tour with gary numan. often created the morning of the show, each one was a riff on the previous and in many ways an off-the-cuff attempt to seduce new fans into perhaps seeing a show they'd otherwise perhaps forego.

you can view the complete set on the band's facebook page here.
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bigblackdelta.com
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poster
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film poster for the feature film, two step.
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long-time fans of alex johnson's film work, we were delighted to be asked to do a poster for his debut feature. set in austin texas, this thriller takes queues from the cohen brothers and pulls no punches. we all agreed from an early stage that some kind of brutal 'dance of death' diagram might be apt. the result makes good use of a casual, behind the scenes photo that their production team had kicking around. 
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twostepfilm.com
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falling poster
lost poster
name poster
rupture poster
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posters for the LA-based band, big black delta.
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nerve management asked us to create a series of designs for big black delta's tour that could be used for posters and t-shirts. only two of the following designs were used in the end, the other two have yet to be dusted off but may have a future yet.
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bigblackdelta.com
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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the threat of anthony scott burns and makeup and vanity set collaborating on a project together had been growing at an exciting rate. finally with the forthcoming release of burns' sci-fi short 'manifold,' we get a preview of things to come in the form of the score he asked makeup and vanity set to write for it. including two new, unreleased tracks, the score is now an EP soon to be released on telefuture records.

what you see here is the sleeve artwork we created to support the release. the record is available now for preorder here.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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single cover
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artwork for white sea's single, they don't know.
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we've been chatting with morgan kibby of white sea and m83 about collaborating for some years now. opportunities have come and gone like black dogs running at night. that was until a few months ago when she told us her new record was done and it was called 'in cold blood'. listening to it confirmed that our hearts had started racing for good reason - this was as close as she could have possibly come to our sensibilities, and we had to seize the moment. what you see here is the artwork for the first single, 'they don't know,' which in many ways foreshadows the more elaborate work we've done on the album cover. patrick nagel meets david lynch meets american psycho, if you will.
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whiteseamusic.com
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memphis poster 1
memphis poster 2
memphis poster 3
memphis poster 7
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posters for the feature film, memphis.
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based on our previous work on PAVILION, the film's director tim sutton invited us to the set of his new feature MEMPHIS. once again he asked us to entirely handled how the film was to be presented online and in print. these posters were created by us for the film's premiere at the venice film festival. each includes original logo design, layout and photography by us.

you can read more about the process behind making them here.
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memphis-film.com
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wide
detail
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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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side of the road
money rain down
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artwork for big black delta's single, side of the road.
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inspired by a salvador dali painting and discussions about how to evolve the BBD aesthetic as we approach the foot of the mountain that will eventually be the second LP, this cover is in some ways perhaps the band's most figurative yet. the human eye instinctively sees faces in abstract patterns, and of course it's no incident that that is what you might see here. however what you take from it as you listen to the song is of course your decision. either way we hope you enjoy the experience.
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bigblackdelta.com
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cassette cover
inside spread
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artwork for the protomen's cassette single, i drove all night.
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the first single from the protomen's forthcoming covers record was the roy orbison song, i drove all night. the song was of course chosen because of how directly it tied in with and expanded upon the band's long-running, conceptual narrative. in the same fashion the artwork had a very clear path to follow. once again employing the talents of john delucca, we set about creating a design that both expanded on the protomen's story, but also paid homage again to many of their key influences. releasing it on cassette only was of course the final gesture that completed the project.

if you're interested you can read more about the development of the artwork on our blog. otherwise by all means grab a copy of the single here, whilst stocks last.
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VHS + poster
poster
VHS
VHS 2
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artwork for makeup and vanity set's film soundtrack, 88:88.
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this was a project that started out with MAVS sending us demos and whispering things about it possibly being a film soundtrack. we were then contacted by the film's director, joey ciccoline. joey showed us the film and sent some ideas he'd had for possible directions for the artwork. included in his package was a poster for the 1985 kid's science fiction film, the explorers. this poster single handedly informed the initial designs we created for the film soundtrack. these designs were then scrapped when joey then expressed interest more in a design that told you less about the narrative, and gave you simply a sense of mystery. 

fortunately MAVS then had the idea to do a parallel release in the form of a limited edition VHS cassette and poster. this would then come out later than the official film artwork, and give the original pieces we created a place to live. a tangent universe if you will.

you can see photos of the VHS tape here.
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8888film.com
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