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film
ipad and iphone app
android app
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mobile app for comedian, actor, director + writer, louis CK.
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louis CK asked us to develop a mobile app for iphone, ipad and android so that fans would be able to obtain his increasing body of work and view it offline more easily, where necessary. working closely with long-standing collaborator tony ash and his team at hipcheck interactive, we designed and developed an app that would be as easy to understand and use as louis's website had been thus far. 
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    iphone, ipad and android appscomprehensive onboardingincorporation of louisk.com user accountsnotifications + video updates from louisairplay, google cast and chromecast streamingtour dates + ticket purchasemailing list sign-up
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itunes.apple.com/us/app/louis-ck/id1113090945
_awards
apple's app store 'new apps we love'
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home page
tour dates
tv show page
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website for comedian, actor + writer, jim gaffigan
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we recently gave jim gaffigan's website another overhaul. much of the same functionality remains, but the site is now full responsive and sports a lighter, more elegant skin.
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    responsive design
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jimgaffigan.com
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home page
episode purchase page
ticket page
news page
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website for comedian, actor, director + writer, louis CK.
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over the years we've remained the web development team for louis CK, advancing his website's capabilities and aesthetics in small increments with each new release. this felt like as good a moment as any to put a flag in the ground and celebrate that.
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    responsive designuser-friendly purchase flowuser accountsone-off + episodic show functionalitytech support backendprintable DVD artworkHTML5 + flash video playersmp3 + FLAC audio filesgifting optionsintegration with independent ticketing solutionpaypal, amazon, dwolla + bitcoin payment systemsapple TV + chromecast compatibility
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louisck.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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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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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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_what
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
_what
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
_what
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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_what
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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_what
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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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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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
_what
film poster for the feature film, growing up and other lies.
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growing up & other lies' producer katie mustard met us in venice whilst working on tim sutton's feature film, memphis. she asked us if we were interested in doing the poster for another film she was working on. after a screening of the film we werre introduced to directing team darren grodsky & danny jacobs. after much discussion referencing the likes of the french new wave and john cassavetes, we found ourselves working on a series of designs that branched out in various interesting directions. what you see here is the design they finally fell in love with.
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fb.com/growingupandotherlies
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poster
_what
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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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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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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_what
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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wide
cover
outside spread
inside spread
detail
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artwork for surachai's LP, embraced.
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we were introduced to surachai by alessandro cortini of SONOIO. a fierce individual, surachai makes a form of black metal that he calls plagued metal. whatever you want to call it, his dark, aggressive and intricate songs take you to a very particular place.

for his latest LP he asked that we tackle the artwork. ordinarily, given the pre-established hallmarks of the black metal scene, this is something we might not have jumped at immediately. however given surachai's taste for esoteric artwork (formerly employing the likes of bridget driessen and sarah sitkin to handle the task), we knew he would be open to an entirely fresh interpretation of his music.

you can read more about the making of the artwork here.
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surachai.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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_what
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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IFUCKINGLOVEYOU
betamax
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artwork for the singles off of big black delta's debut LP, BBDLP1
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after signing to nerve management, big black delta have been set to release a series of singles both on vinyl and digitally. challenged with a way of making these releases unusual in some way, given some of the songs have been out for a while, we suggested that perhaps each release's artwork tesselate with the next. this way all the singles can form a larger image once they've all been collected. at the time of writing two releases have been put out, IFUCKINGLOVEYOU and betamax, which you can see here.
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bigblackdelta.com
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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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cover
tenacious d show poster
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record sleeve for the nashville-based band, the protomen
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here's another one of the many fruits of our on-going collaborations with the protomen. the band played a tribute night in nashville, TN, back in late 2010 and the recordings came out so well they decided to release it. performing as 'queen' for the night, we decided to recreate the iconic 'queen II' record cover in a studio in brooklyn. the photography is by long-time (v) collaborator matt sundin, and the logo work is by M L hope. we handled the art direction, post-production + layout duties. 
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protomen.com
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poster
_what
film poster for the short film, 88:88.
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the film's director joey ciccoline contacted makeup and vanity set after hearing some of his soundtrack work online. MAVS in turn recommend us to handle the design work for the film. for a 10 minute short film it captured so much of the aesthetic, concept and general motivational forces that bind so many of the projects we work on at (v). in terms of the design, joey was very keen to give away absolutely nothing to those who have yet to see the film other than a sense of quality + mystery. however, just to make things more difficult, we wanted to treat those that have seen the film to a few treats that in many ways do give away what the film is about, if you're in the know. the result is quite unlike anything we've done before, and happily so.
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8888film.com
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download / stream page
options page
video page
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website for comedian, actor + writer, jim gaffigan
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show business journeyman jim gaffigan has done nearly every kind of work a comic can do but he'd never self-produced and released his own show. he knew of us through our work with louis CK and so approached us to build a site of his own. whilst the focus was on a similar model, we designed and built a more refined engine this time around.
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  • amazon server integration
  • user-friendly purchase flow
  • user accounts
  • tech support backend
  • printable DVD artwork
  • HTML5 + flash video players
  • gifting options
  • paypal + amazon payment systems
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jimgaffigan.com
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home page
carnegie hall
ticketing
carnegie record cover
beacon theater streaming page
beacon theater home page
dvd cover
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website for the new york-based comedian + filmmaker, louis CK
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like most people we've been a fan of louis CK and his work for a while and so when the gregory brothers very kindly recommended us to him and his team a couple of months back, we were stoked. as if that wasn't cool enough, it turns out louis was looking for much more than a website. he was looking to revolutionize his approach to releasing his material to his fans. always up for trying new things, we set about pulling together a small dream team to get the task done.

everyone worked day and night on this from various locations both in the US and europe and its fair to say that the results far exceeded anyone's expectations. louis himself published a report on the whole project on the website, which you can read here.

you can read an in-depth article about our process and everything we learnt from working on this job here.

following the success of the beacon video, louis released audio downloads of the beacon + two additional shows. since then the site underwent further revision as we integrated louis' ticket sales into the site, all the while maintaining the highest standards of security and ease-of-use.
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  • amazon server integration
  • user-friendly purchase flow
  • user accounts
  • tech support backend
  • printable DVD artwork
  • HTML5 + flash video players
  • mp3 + FLAC audio files
  • gifting options
  • integration with independent ticketing solution
  • paypal + amazon payment systems
_link
buy.louisck.net
_awards
2012 webby awards honoree for best practice
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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
_how
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.
_features
  • ipad / iphone compatible
  • html5 / javascript driven UI
  • animated GIFs / cinema graphs
  • scrollwheel / cursor key navigation
_link
pavilionfilm.com
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BBDLP1 cover
detail
poster
_what
artwork for big black delta's debut LP, BBDLP1
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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.
_link
bigblackdelta.com
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album cover
stitches single cover
awaltzoflight cover
poster
_what
artwork for polinski's debut album, labyrinths
_how
paul wolinski is one quarter of the experimental musical machine that is 65daysofstatic. polinski is his more purely electronic side-project.

the discussions for how to handle the artwork for the album started years before the record was even a twinkle in his eye. we'd talked at length for years about films, musics, books, games and designs that appeal to us for whatever reason. whether it be the books of jeff noon or the cassette loading games of sinclair zx spectrum, there was an innate understanding of what this solo project would demand in terms of artwork the moment the demos started to come together.

the final artwork started with us coming up with a story that would capture paul's feelings about various things and how he wanted to translated those into a science fiction tale of some kind. the next step was padding that story out with various touchstone visual elements and then translating those into a series of panels that we could use for the album and any singles. the first image we put together turned out to be the album cover as it is now, and this went onto influence paul's approach to making the music. he then sent us more demos that inspired the creation of more panels, and so the back and forth went until we had enough to illustrate the story / world we had created.

the music video for the album's first single, stitches, was an attempt to bring back the feeling of using the zx spectrum computer, whilst detailing some of the album's narrative elements. more details on the making of the video to follow soon.
_link
polinskimusic.net
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home page
floorplans page
_what
website for the luxury israeli penthouse, crown opera.
_how
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.
_features
  • html + javascript based interface
  • ipad compatible
  • contact form
  • original music
_link
seaopera-ph.com/en
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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
_tags
home page
music page
_what
website for the brooklyn-based band, the gregory brothers
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once again we could not be more grateful to topspin. they have put us in touch with an eclectic range of radical artists with whom we've had the most exciting and rewarding relationships. the gregory brothers, better known as the auto-tune the news guys, are no exception. a month or so ago they walked into our studio and told us they needed a new website. they then hit the road and we sent them our ideas as they criss-crossed the country on the youtube tour. the trick was to combine their already burgeoning aesthetic with a number of new levels of functionality. their old site had been pretty much built entirely by them using dreamweaver and they were understandably into something that would be a little easier to update. needless to say, but the process was a breeze and often funny too.
_features
  • wordpress-driven back-end
  • gig-press plugin
  • contact form 7 plugin
  • custom UI
  • font-replacement
  • twitter / facebook feeds
  • topspin-driven music store
_link
thegregorybrothers.com
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EP cover
poster
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EP artwork + music video for the LA-based band, big black delta
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jonathan bates, better known for his part in the fantastic band mellowdrone, recently got back in touch with us regarding a 'new thing' he was working on. as luck would have it, it was some seriously rich and rewarding new music. the kind which fills the mind with images pretty fast. well, the next thing you know we're watching the thundercats intro in total awe, debating wallpapering our apartment walls with TRON screenshots, and obsessing over UFOs. how one thing lead to another is neither here nor there, but it turns out we were all down with this new thing ... and it was taking us places.

what then ensued was the constant, rapid exchange of music for artwork, much the way a choir does their psalms and responses. there's no question in our minds now that big black delta was the only name you could use to sum up the music, what inspired it and everything we'd ultimately made together from that point forward. cut then to just a few days ago. cut right to the moment when we slung the cover you see above onto the proverbial coffee table. cut to us all looking at each other like we knew it was time. yep, ufologists were about to get some melody in their google.

additionally we shot and edited a short film to accompany the release of the song IFUCKINGLOVEYOU. it was shot over a couple of days around independence day in los angeles. the idea was simply to capture everything we got up to in the short time we had, be that searching the night sky for flashing lights, watching dan akroyd talking about UFOs on youtube or jonathan bates making strange noises on his studio floor. we hope the end result, if nothing else, makes you feel like all these things are related. not forcibly, but maybe with a little serendipity.
_link
bigblackdelta.com
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logo
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logo for the protomen's second album, act 2
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the protomen's second album herald's a brand new sound, story and aesthetic. after many discussions and revisions this logo, we all agreed, captured the vibe of this the next chapter in their ongoing musical retelling of capcom's megaman saga.
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logo
_what
logo for international real estate company, tavivian group
_how
before designing the site for 'tavivian group' we had to first build a brand as well as an overall company aesthetic. the final logo is based upon the concept of the two founders being twin brothers & their enthusiasm for the real estate business. each tower resembles one of the brothers & the shadows in which they cast together create the 't' of tavivian. we felt that this was a very strong concept & one that best fit their ideal company image.
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