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film
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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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film poster for the feature film, burning annie.
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producer randy mack got in touch with a copy of the film and before we even watched it we were discussing an idea for the poster. based loosely on what david bowie had done with his record sleeve for 'the next day', we wanted to somehow mention the original 'annie hall' feature film in this new poster. after watching the film we sat down and started playing around with some layouts. the end result is one that is both subtle and incredibly dramatic. both a glowing metaphor for the film's subject matter and a knowing wink to those who have seen the film.
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imdb.com/title/tt0307879
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music video for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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executive producer john la valle approached us with idea of making a film of a section of the protomen's second record, act II. the band chose light up the night as the song, and we approached collaborator matt sundin to co-direct the project with us. development of the project took some years and the end result you can see here. a testament to the band and everyone else involved, the film pays homage to many of the things that inspired us to do the work we do today, whilst delivering a particularly serendipitous socio-political commentary.
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protomen.com
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logo
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logo for new york-based film company, the eyeslicer.
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the eyeslicer founders vanessa and dan were familiar with our work through IFP and felt our aesthetic was appropriate for the branding of their new venture. keen to create a logo graphic that packed a punch and could be easily animated, we went through heaps of references that erred on the side of dark, daring and subversive. the original MTV interstitial animations from the 80s and 90s were also a key reference. the result is the madcap piece you see here.
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fb.com/theeyeslicer
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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
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record sleeve for the los angeles-based band, big black delta.
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when jon sent us his latest track RCVR, a duet between him and debbie gibson, we were floored.  it immediately struck us as an argument between two jean-luc godard film characters in an old 60s film. the mid-section was like something wendy carlos would have drummed up for stanley kubrick's a clockwork orange score. playing around with the BBD aesthetic we found a way to almost diagrammatically express both the technological and human elements of the song — the arguments, the eyes dilating, the breakup sex.
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bigblackdelta.com
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film poster for the feature film, i believe in unicorns.
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director leah meyerhoff had seen some of our previous film posters and got in touch. her film's a fever dream mixture of live action and stop motion animation all shot on 16mm film. we were excited to make a start given the graphical potential of the material. of the ideas we presented, leah picked two. exploring both to the full, we finally settled on the one you see here. be sure to take a closer look at it too, there's more there than meets the eye.
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ibelieveinunicorns.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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cover
poster
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen.
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the protomen have a new record. it's a film soundtrack. it's a covers record. the film may or may not have even existed. it all depends on who you ask. either way the sleeve may or may not have been conceived and created during our ongoing, every day conversations with the band. it may also have then been drawn and painted by john delucca — a man who continues to bless us with his uncanny talents.

everything about this record is more than meets the eye. it's available on cassette and vinyl and far be it from us to spoil the surprises that lie in wait for those who purchase a physical copy.
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protomen.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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film poster for the feature film, songs my brothers taught me.
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director chloé zhao got in touch through the IFP and sent us a copy of her film. we were immediately taken by the subject matter, photography and the loose feel of the film. we knew we could find a place within our current aesthetic leanings to represent the film well. we talked with chloé and her producers about the different ways in which we could support the film, and it was decided that it be best to start with a poster.

of three final pieces, the one chloé chose utilizes black and white photographs taken by an actress in the film. the layout attempts to capture both the feeling of the film, and the attitude of its main characters. when the film then got into the cannes film festival,  we created an additional colour poster for this by hand painting the original photographs to achieve a new look.
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songsmybrotherstaughtme.com
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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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victory world tour poster
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poster for the nashville-based rock band, the protomen.
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here's the poster we created for the protomen's vans warped tour appearances this summer. based loosely on an italian horror film poster, the design includes the typical array of hints and clues to the band's ever expanding science fiction narrative.
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protomen.com
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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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maintenance and harvesting page
choose your plants page
contact / order form page
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website for the los angeles-based gardening company, grow simple
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katharine o'brien's new gardening outfit aims to give los angeles locals the power to grow their own produce. clean, organic and healthy food is proving harder to come by due to the threat of GMOs permanently affecting crops, loosely regulated pesticide use, diminished labeling regulations and a crackdown on farmers markets and co-ops. the grow simple website is katharine's first step toward developing a company that can reframe people's way of thinking about these matters and help them eat more healthily in the future.

we handled both the logo design and website development for this project. the aim was to create a simple, compatible website that communicated the idea swiftly and offered the company a chance to start without a fully developed ecommerce platform in place. the form-based product selection tool built into the site enables grow simple and their clients to communicate more effectively before engaging in a transaction. 
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  • responsive design
  • wordpress backend
  • form-based product selection tool
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growsimpleLA.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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single cover
single sleeve
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artwork for big black delta's single, huggin + kissin.
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huggin & kissin is one of those songs that expresses human love in the unexpected way a film like tony scott's true romance does. the artwork marks in some ways a return to the feel of the first big black delta EP in an attempt to capture the essence of what this band is about again. this time however we see two lovers emerging from the plasmic tendrils. the most figurative big black delta artwork to date, it felt like it was time to show our full hand in this cosmic card game.
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bigblackdelta.com
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sundance congratulatory ad
spirit awards screenings
media center ad
IFP sundance postcard
IFP labs ad
sxsw congratulatory ad
media center ad
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digital + print promotional ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
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every year IFP work on a range of feature films that make it into some of the world's most prestigious film festivals. additional to that they recently launched a large, multi-faceted media center near their headquarters in new york. here is a small selection of the ongoing promotional design pieces we've created for them from the end of 2013 and into 2014.
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ifp.org
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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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wraparound
postcard front
postcard back
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postcard and wraparound for filmmaker magazine
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filmmaker magazine got in touch with us because of our various ongoing projects with IFP. they were after some quick print design work for new york's 'film week.' we produced a postcard and a wraparound for the latest issue of their magazine. with free reign to design anything we liked in any style, we had a bit of fun with it. 
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filmmakermagazine.com
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catalog cover
dossier
dossier
dossier
dossier
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posters + magazine ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
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alongside our other ongoing projects with IFP, we created a range of print work to support the independent film week in new york this summer. from catalogs to dossier covers, we handled a whole suite of design assets based upon a re-brand for film week & their conference this summer.
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ifp.org
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program guide (cover)
conference schedule
conference day
video slide
video slide
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posters + magazine ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
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in tandem with new york film 2013, we produced a range of design materials for IFP's filmmaker conference. this ranged from program guides to online and magazine adverts to promote the conference. here is a selection of the work we produced.
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ifp.org
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poster
poster
advert
advert
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posters + magazine ads for the new york-based, independent film maker project
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over this past year we have created a large collection of print & web promotional material for IFP. this included half & full page magazine adverts for publications, mailing campaign graphics, digital adverts for IFP member events and a whole host of other ancillary design assets to support their film week campaigns.
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ifp.org
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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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single cover
outside spread
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7" single artwork for the LA-based band, sonoio
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alessandro asked us to put together a sleeve for the 7 inch single release of his track 'scientist'. the artwork we created was an extension both visually and narratively from the elements we'd put together for the album from which the song came.

you can grab a copy of the single here.
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sonoio.org
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EP cover
praxis single cover
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artwork for makeup and vanity set's EP, 7.25.2148.
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the team that now consists of makeup and vanity set, joey ciccoline and version industries is continuing its development into an increasingly cohesive whole. utilizing visuals originating with joey's video and 3D effects work, we've put together artwork for both the new EP and the leading single from it, praxis. the concepts behind it are echoed heavily within the music, so we won't spoil them for you here. just know that it's all part of a larger thought process building up to a satisfyingly complex full length album.
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makeupandvanityset.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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relaunch site for london-based film company, asylum films
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since our original website work with asylum films, the company has expanded their roster of directors and the scope of their collective works. this meant that they needed a new website to expand dynamically to their growing needs.

we used a custom wordpress CMS as basis of ongoing self-management for their large pool of work & got about redesigning a brand new look for their front-end that was both fun to look at but clear to use. with this came the expanded ability to quickly find and share work.
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  • dynamic color driven work categories
  • animated GIF thumbnails
  • custom wordpress driven CMS
  • 'cinema mode' video playback
  • twitter & facebook integration
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asylumfilms.co.uk
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single cover
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logo + artwork for german house duo, booka shade
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we were put in touch with booka shade through our work with big black delta. they were about to put out their first release through dim mak records, and were keen to start from scratch with their design aesthetic for this reason. they pitched us a few ideas, concepts and loose thoughts to push us in the right direction, and after hammering away at several different approaches we settled on a final logo device and treatment. it was a look that we felt kept elements of their geometric graphics of the past, but evolved and simplified things in an elegant fashion.

the first use of the logo you'll find on their forthcoming single 'honeyslave', which you can listen to snippets of here.
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bookashade.com
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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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apollonia
as if
betty
casino
diamond girl
headbanger
long island ice tea
peace out
space cadet
third base
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layouts work for the new york-based fashion house, house of jackie brown
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for the 2010 line of jackie brown's swimwear line we were asked to retouch a series of super raw shots taken in various locations around the city of new york and bring them inline with the company's overall aesthetic. the designs were used in both print + online campaigns.
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houseofjackieb.com/jungle_juice
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sparkler
traffic
bikers poster
max poster
boat poster
BAM festival poster
vinyl, dvd + poster set
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website, posters, typography + packaging for the feature film, pavilion
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we were contacted by film director tim sutton after a series of talks we did on designing websites for films for the IFP. he was interested in us producing a website and possibly some film posters for his new film pavilion. we hit it off very quickly and soon had a series of ideas laid down for online and offline approaches to promoting the film.

the website focusses on a series of animated GIFs that reflect the very calm and subtle visual tone of the film, combined with looped audio from the films soundtrack + score. the posters take a leaf out of robert zemeckis's book to visually represent the very subtle narrative elements within the film.

we also handled the type treatment for the credits within the film, and once the film was purchased for distribution by factory 25, we designed a vinyl, dvd and poster package for the film's physical release.
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  • ipad / iphone compatible
  • html5 / javascript driven UI
  • animated GIFs / cinema graphs
  • scrollwheel / cursor key navigation
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pavilionfilm.com
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internal microsite for reader's digest international.
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the brief for this job came from brand communications firm, roth partners, who contacted us about translating their work on the reader's digest brand into an internal microsite. the site would serve to share new strategic work and brand tools with employees of reader's digest around the world. its goal was to deliver new brand materials in print and video formats in ways that would engage the internal brand audience and inspire them to review and learn from the content.

a key part of this site was stewarding viewers through the new work done for reader's digest and to that end we developed an innovative task-based system which broke up the different elements and took viewers through them one-by-one. critical to our design was achieving involvement and participation across disparate audiences. the result was more of an online study course than a classic static brochure-style site.
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  • fine-grained access control
  • html5 video
  • intuitive tasked learning flow
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home page
floorplans page
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website for the luxury israeli penthouse, crown opera.
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the tavivan sporn group wanted us to design an elegant, luxury website for a sea-side penthouse in israel. they sent us many photographs of the apartment and the surrounding area and briefed us on the general feel they were after for the site. we developed not just the logo and the overall site aesthetic but also composed a soothing atmospheric soundtrack for the site.
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  • html + javascript based interface
  • ipad compatible
  • contact form
  • original music
_link
seaopera-ph.com/en
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