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Monthly Archives: January 2014

It looks like the Lennon and McCartney of type design, Hoefler & Frere-Jones are breaking up

Loving the look of this magazine supplement from the Guardian, Do Something

How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought

A great interview on The Great Discontent with an idol of mine, Jacob Escobedo

Very cool, Hot Wheels toy cars photographed like real cars

For those interested in South Australian Graphic Design, take a look at my Pinterest page of just that, or check out my collection of great/bad album cover artwork!

How a quiet walk saves your creativity and sanity!

If you’re not reading Art Chantry’s Facebook page, then you should be, great articles on the alternative history of graphic design that they don’t teach you at design school

It’s that time of the end of year where I return with my totally unbiased (honestly) review of the best of what was covering Australian music releases this year. My choices are purely based on the criteria of ‘I wish I had done that’, so judge it as you will. If the count seems down this year, well, blame it on a plethora of musicians forgetting the number of their local graphic designer – there was some really horrible cover artwork representing what was a pretty decent year as far as music released goes, maybe the kids just don’t care anymore and they’re being ironic. I don’t want to point the finger in any general direction, the state of the art is probably not looking all that healthy when what was probably the ‘break-out’ album of the year, Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ was graced with a cover that looked like it mistakenly got through as a ‘For Placement Only’ cover note. Anyway, this year is redeemed once again by some spectacular covers. If I had to suggest any particular trends for the year, I would say black and white photography (and black and white artwork in general) Covers with no typography (perhaps a trend towards accommodating the small size of image associated with digital downloads), and lots and lots of painterly. paint stroke artwork

0001269032_10-1Jen Cloher: In Blood Memory
Artwork: Celeste Potter

9332727027055Olan Mill: Hiraeth
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esign: Mark Gowing

a0075366445_10Swimming: Yes, Tonight
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rtwork: Madison Bycroft

a3225547543_10Waywardbreed: Gathering For The Feast
Artwork: Unknown

a3562461834_10Day Ravies: Tussle
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rtwork: Nicky Minus

brinkThe Jezabels: The Brink
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esign: Christopher Doyle
Artwork: Jarek Paczel

CH108-BushwalkingBushwalking: No Enter
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rtwork: Jesse Lucas
Layout: John Vineiguerra

Poor+VirginiaBrooke Russell and the Mean Reds: Poor Virginia
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rtwork: Claire Foxton

push-the-sky-awayNick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away
Design: Tom Hingston
Photography: Dominique Issermann

PVT+-+HOMOSAPIEN+-+Cover+copyPVT: Homosapien
Design: Jack Ladder
Artwork: c/o Winston Chimielinksi

yourashadow-coverHungry Kids of Hungary: You’re a Shadow
Artwork: We Buy Your Kids

a3433174855_10The Darling Downs: In The Days When The World Was Wide
Artwork: Hoof
Photography: James Pipino

7100-CD-stories-of-ghosts-itunes-medDeborah Conway & Willy Zygier: Stories of Ghosts
Design: Sweet Creative

Melody-PoolMelody Pool: The Hurting Scene
Artwork: Andrew Allingham

Kirin_CoverKirin J Callinan: Embracism
Art Direction: Jack Ladder
Photography: McLean Stephenson

 

artworks-000059632315-air0l4-originalMick Turner: Don’t Tell The Driver
Artwork: Mick Turner

 

TraicosCatherine Traicos and the Starry Night: Night, The Earth, The Sea, The Moon, The Sky
Artwork: Unknown

 

Melodie+FrancaiseMelodie Francaise
Artwork: Unknown