The venerable techno mastermind Ulf is about to grace our shores, hope he likes bananas!
This poster is a nod to the mid-century classical music LPs put out by Deutsche Grammophon.
The photo was taken at Rema earlier today.
The long awaited debut EP from Put Your hands Up For Neo-Tokyo will finally be out on the 13th of December, with cover art by yours truly! The record has been going on steady repeat both at work and in the house, I recommend you adopt that same routine.
You can listen to this future-pop jewel of tutti-frutti-organized madness at Soundcloud, or right here.
Coming to streaming services and all that on the 13th!
Here’s a thought.
Art is supposed to be, by some definitions, incomprehensible. Shattering, obscure, never-ending.
Design, on the other hand, is structure and organisation of content, getting the message across, explanations and obviousness. in short, the opposite. How can you make something which is both?
Both art and design takes many forms, and a lot of the time the two terms does not intermingle at all (that I can think of). Take interface design and abstract sculpture, for example. Let me see you mix those two up. Okay, so we both just did, in our heads. But you know what I mean.
Let us then think of something more familiar, like an event poster. In this realm, art and design acts more like two opposite points on an axis, two different colors of clay that can be mixed.
Let’s look at what happens when an observer views a piece, in the order they see the content:
So in order of what the observer sees (or, if you will, comprehends), it goes like this: First is the style, that is, the cultural references, the eye-catcher, is it “my kind of cool”, does it feel like it belongs to me. Then comes the information, the practical necessities and the core of the message you are trying to get across. Some times the “core” message is embedded in the other layers, and this is the most mis-used layers, as many people think it is the only one. Lastly, but in a multitude, lies the art. This can be one layer, or many, or none. The longer the piece is viewed, and the more the viewer comprehends, the deeper one sees. But since the deeper layers are covered by the ones above, it quickly gets murky and dark, leaving viewers confused and interpretations flailing.
This may seem strictly academic, and this may simply be the coffee talking, but keeping this order, as well as how to mediate the contradictions in mind, can do great things for how you work. The most important part is knowing that these “layers” exist, and identifying them in your own work.
If one or more layers are missing, you have a problem no matter what you are making. What do you think?
Time for a party! This time we are bringing back the lovely Moderna. Together with Sam Valenti they basically make Ghostly international, one of the planet’s coolest labels, happen.
If you are one of the locals, I look forward to seeing you there!
The night’s poster was made in a frenzy thinking about squinting at the sun. Squint squint.
I just wanted to hip you to this incredible print from Tobias Von Schneider I just found. It blew my mind, at least.
We are working on some branding for an insurance giant these days, a really fun and inspiring project, actually. Looking forward to playing alongside Arca in a week, and some other, smaller projects that you’ll hopefully see the results of soon-ish. Be good in the meantime.
Available in the store as of right now!