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charles park trilogy poster
charles park trilogy album cover
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record sleeve, poster + trailer for the nashville-based band, makeup and vanity set.
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telefuture records approached makeup and vanity set with the idea of re-releasing their popular charles park records as a trilogy box set. the moment the project got a green light john delucca, joey ciccoline and ourselves were put to work in tying the overall package together visually.

john was sent a few paragraphs detailing the narrative behind each album. he then started to create a poster that we could divide into three halves, to represent the three parts of the story.

we were asked to create the logo, cover and overall packaging for the record. the logo we made is pretty self-explanatory, but the packaging was a subtler affair. utilizing the bokeh affect often seen in films when the camera is focussing on objects in the foreground, we realized we could represent each part of the trilogy with a different coloured circle. in this way the cover image could say a lot with very little, and each record within the packaging could be differentiated by its own red, blue or brown graphic.

joey was then sent the logo and proceeded to shoot the necessary footage to create the teaser trailer for the trilogy, this clip was the first promotional piece released to the general public. once released the limited edition box set sold out in 2 days, but you can still purchase the album digitally here.
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makeupandvanityset.com
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wide
cover
detail
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record sleeve for the new york-based band, activator.
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activator approached us to handle the sleeve artwork for their eponymous debut album. a dark, brutal, relationship-based thrash metal record, it played into our sensibilities nicely. sketching out basic layout on a scrap of paper, we photographed it and sent it to the incredible john delucca. 3 days later he sent back a final drawing and we began to colour it. the resulting image is a visual allegory commenting on whether it's really the relationship that's killing you, or whether it's actually something else.
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activatornyc.com
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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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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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print
album cover
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LP artwork for the LA-based band, sonoio
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alessandro cortini, widely know for his multi-instrumental work for nine inch nails, got in touch with us recently. a fan of our record sleeve and poster work for mellowdrone, he wanted us to create artwork to accompany his new solo project, SONOIO.

now we say 'artwork' as opposed to 'design work' because he was particularly interested in the looser, more painterly / emotional elements of our work over some kind of cleaner, tighter design effort. modwheelmood (his previous band) had been heavy on the minimal design / die-cutting and this time, the record being much more personal to him, alessandro wanted a more cathartic, hand-made quality.

we talked for a while and decided that we should try to create something that had a european quality to it - something that harked back to alessandro's roots. combining this with a visual device that we felt was most honest to the lyrical content on the record, we came up with the two matisse-esque characters you see on the cover, who are trying to cover up the holes in their chests. the colour choices were then informed in part by the colour of the buchla synth itself. the pencil marks are that of my father thomas newbolt, who's drawings we cut up and relocated elements of for the sake of adding more movement / life to the collage.
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sonoio.org
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poster 2
poster 1
poster 3
poster 4
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open studio posters
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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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home page
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revamped website for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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the protomen are on the eve of the release of their new album, act 2. recruiting the powerful drawing abilities of john delucca, we created an open-ended flash website that would allow us to introduce as much exciting new content as we liked, during the build-up to the album's release.
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  • full-screen flash interface
  • original music by the protomen
  • original hand-drawn graphics by john delucca
  • new protomen logo
  • countdown clock
_link
theprotomen.com
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painting view
sketchbook
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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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