Date Archives May 2009

Alvin Diec

I’m absolutely loving the brilliant design and branding work of Alvin Diec, an Atlanta, Georgia based designer. Alvin has created posters for bands like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and the French Kicks, but I’m really enjoying his logos. The top and middle images are some branding he did for Cakes & Ale, which has this great old-timey feel. The bottom image were some ideas he had come up with for a restaurant called The Bucaneer. They didn’t end up using these, but I had to post them because I love the skull and cross bones made up of a fork and knife.

Be sure to check out the rest of his work as well, he has quite a full portfolio of fun things.


I Love Typography Video

Good morning, everybody. I thought I’d start out the morning with a pretty little video that was sent to me by +KN reader Raeesa. Her friend ZZZZTRN created it with a bunch of awesome colored liquids and then set some type over the top of it. Very simple but there’s something so enticing by it as well. The colors are absolutely beautiful, those reds and blues are gorgeous together. Also, the song is by Mum, just for those of you wondering.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Deke Smith

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Deke Smith

Deke Smith

This week’s artist is the wonderfully talented, Deke Smith, an illustrator who lives and works in Vermont. I wasn’t quite sure about letting Deke do a wallpaper, but then I saw his drawing of 2Pac riding a unicorn… I mean, how could I say not this guy?! Seriously, Deke has a really great style, and always comes up with really fun characters.

For his wallpaper he went with a kind of fusion of styles, a collage of random people with a bunch of his drawings mixed in there. My favorite guy is the pyramid with the eyeball, mostly because I have something similar tattooed on my arm (I am not a Mason, thank you very much).

Christopher Lamarca

I received an email from +KN reader Jon Setzen last week telling me about a new site he created for a client, a photographer named Christopher Lamarca. He told me that the site is pretty simple, it’s really meant to just showcase the photos, but I HAD to look at the photos. Curious, I checked them out… and was absolutely blown away.

Mr. Lamarca has an absolutely uncanny eye for taking photos, making images that are almost magical. His Forest Defenders series is beautiful, featuring people from both sides of the issues, the loggers and the people desperate to stop them. As you can see in the images above, the guy is incredible.

Be sure to check out everything on his site, it’s not to be missed.


Lauren Gregg

I’m madly and deeply in love with these nerd prints by Lauren Gregg, featuring cute little animals as a bunch of different kinds of nerds. I think she did a good job of covering all the bases of nerd-dom, including Trekkies, band nerds, D&D fans, skate nerds and a bunch more. Of course my favorite is the band nerd because he’s a foxy, but they’re all really well done, I’m especially in love with the colors.

Pick yourself up one here for $35.


KN Work // Skingraft Redesign and Live Improve Movie Project Poster

Since I’m starting to do more freelance work I thought I’d start posting more of the projects I’ve been working on over the last few weeks. The first was a logo redesign for my friends fashion label, Skingraft, a brand that makes contemporary feeling clothes that are Victorian-era inspired, and they also create a lot of leather pieces as well.

The name alone connotates some not so cute imagery, so I went with a really simple but unique font that would contrast well with their harder edged look. They were also looking for some sort of crest or mark as well, so we took inspiration from all of the mounts on the walls of their studio and created a stylized ‘S’ inside of a mount. It’s a bit gothic, a bit old fashioned, and definitely bold.

The poster above was created for the Live Improv Movie Project, a project my friend Ari is a part of. Basically, the old poster was desperate for an update, so I decided to go with an old fashioned, sort of 70’s French cinema feel, or at least that was my inspiration. I figured simple and bold was the best way to go, I figured I’d stop and look to see what this poster was about.

I’ll try to post updates more frequently if you guys are interested.


Flux Screening Series: Forget The Film, Watch The Titles!

Tonight at the Hammer Museum my awesome friends over at Flux will be having another screening, this time dedicated to the art of film titles. The event is called Forget The Film, Watch The Titles!, and features the work of Jamie Caliri, Kyle Cooper, Karin Fong, Danny Yount and Garson Yu, all accomplished movie title designers. Their work has been seen in movies like Se7en, Spider-Man, Terminator Salvation, 300, Iron Man, Rocknrolla and a bunch more.

They’ll be talking about their creative process and even show some work that’s never been seen before. I think it’s going to be a really fun night, as Flux always puts on great programming. It’s also free, though they suggest that you RSVP, which you can do by clicking here.


Hold On by AsDSSka

I got an email this morning from Family, one of the best indie book/record/zine shop in Los Angeles, saying that they were having a release party for AsDSSka’s new record, 25. AsDSSKa is made up of Aska Matsumiya and David Scott Stone, together making this really dreamy and ambient kind of music, with Matsumiya gently singing over the top.

The video above is for the song Hold On, and it was directed by Spike Jonze and Crystal Moselle. I think it’s a lovely video, lots of small moments being captured that go really well with the dream-like vibe of the song.


Gregory Crewdson

I was thinking about Yo La Tengo’s album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out over the weekend, and remembering how awesome the album artwork was. I decided to look it up and see who the guy was, and it turns out it was Gregory Crewdson. Crewdson is a New York photographer who takes these amazingly surreal, production-heavy photos that evoke this really surreal and almost creepy feeling to them. The way he lights is photos is crazy, almost like a movie would be set up.

Check under the cut for a video of him talking about his process as well as a behind the scenes of a shoot he did.

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