While the printing process itself isn’t too complex, the imagery of this record is eerily familiar, yet mischievously off-kilter. Each object seems to have its own discreet history, like the furniture in your grandmother’s house or the characters from The Brave Little Toaster; they take on a life of their own.
You may know Jim Houser from his beautifully detailed paintings and compelling installation art work. Jim is also a talented musician, and when he asked us to design the packaging for his new record, we were thrilled. This piece came together effortlessly because we had access to dozens of fantastic images of artwork in progress, finished pieces, found photos, and scenes from Jim’s daily life to make a 16-page booklet. The booklet is inserted into a full-color gatefold cover that houses the vinyl record. The hue of the green vinyl takes a cue from the color palette of Jim’s paintings and does a great job of completing the package.
From both a design and production perspective, it was really tough to find the best way to display the record and booklet, and integrate them both into the overall package design. We ended up making a die-cut inside cover so that the edges of the record and booklet would stick out of the cover, and designed the imagery to flow as seamlessly as we could. Chris at Westcan printing was a major help with this!
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Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.
Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.
Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.
Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.
The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.
The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.
Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.
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Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.
FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.
Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.
The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.