Along with Daniel Normal and Sandra González I had the chance to take part in the design of the new album by the Seattle group Modern Bygones titled Forever in Transit.
You can listen to the record by clicking on the following link: Modern Bygones – Forever in Transit
Here are some preview images:
Concept and Art Direction: Daniel Normal
Photography and Editing: Sandra González
Graphic Design: Jordienolie
Cast: Martí Serrano
Setup Art and Construction: Jordi Torres Sánchez, Pepita Vergé Font
A couple of weeks ago the sun was shining in Berlin which allowed me to take some pictures of the architecture/monuments of the city along with a bluebird sky. Sometimes we just need to look up!
Some weeks ago I was surprised on my Birthday and got this nice present! A book called Dog Days by Dave Ihlenfeld. This book narrates the experience of driving the Wienermobile around the USA during one year.
After the post I wrote a while ago about the Wienermobile this was a surprising and perfect present to close the circle. Once I read it I will probably post my impressions.
Thank you Corinne!
This morning I was pleased to see that last night the collaborative album by Wavves and Cloud Nothings called No Life For Me was released digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp. Its release was announced via the following Instagram and Tweeter posts by Wavves.
available worldwide @ midnight https://t.co/rvpWmS29VE
— WAVVES (@wavves) June 29, 2015
According to Brooklyn Vegan, “The album was co-written by Wavves’ Nathan Williams and Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi, and co-produced by Nathan and his brother and Sweet Valley/Spirit Club bandmate Joel. It also features Wavves drummer Brian Hill and additional vocals from Nathan’s Spirit Club bandmate Andrew Caddick. Despite initial reports that Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij would appear on the record, his contribution didn’t end up making it on.”
The artwork for this record, which is essentially black hand lettering on red, is made by Nicholas Gazin, who seems to be very satisfied with this new album as stated in one of his tweets.
— Nicholas Gazin (@NicholasGazin) June 29, 2015
The physical release of the album, planned for October and limited to 1000 units, will be available in 2 different vinyl editions. The standard one which will be featuring the traditional black disc, and the limited one which will be beautifully red. Both are available for pre-order here.
I personally like it a lot. I like both bands and the fact of hearing typical sounds from them together, like the Wavves distorted guitar and voice or the “uuh uuh uuuuuuh uuh uuh” along with the Strokes-like guitar sound from Cloud Nothings or Dylan’s characteristic singing make it a perfect mixture. At the moment my favorite track is #2 How It’s Gonna go.
You can listen to the album below. For some reason it starts playing from the track #7, so make sure you check it out from the beginning!
Just some pictures I recently took in Freiburg im Breisgau.
I wonder if we are always aware of all the steps we take from an initial work/idea until the final result. Having in mind that the more complicated a piece of work is, the more steps and hours of work are required, I am going to show in this post all the steps from a sketch to a final appealing look of a simple word like Hi!.
It all starts with a sketch. The level of detail of it will, of course, have an influence on how many steps we will need to take until the final result. In this case, this was a rough sketch and needed some more adjustments.
Using the pen tool to build a first approach I already changed a bit the shape of the original draft,
Filled the outlines and hid the background image,
Did some character width adjustments,
Removed part of the H,
Inverted and slightly rotated the composition,
Filled all the shapes with gradients,
And changed the background and added a shadow on it.
Here is an overview of the process.
A couple of days ago, I randomly remembered the sausage shaped toy car that I had when I was a child. I really loved that car, it was weird, funny and badass at the same time. This toy was a promotional gadget from the sausages brand Oscar Mayer. I asked some colleagues who come from different parts of the world and some of them knew which vehicle I meant. The Germans, sons of Land of the Sausage, nevertheless did not know about its existence.
I was looking for pictures and I found the following one, which I really liked due to its colors, angle and landscape. But as usual, the resolution of the pic is really low and it is even blurry.
I wanted to have a bigger picture with a special feel, so I create a bitmap with a highest output’s resolution for each color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) and mixed them to obtain the full color image.
And this is the final and beautiful result.
I wanted to know a bit more about this car, and I found out that it has a name; Wienermobile –What a perfect naming exercise. The brand Oscar Mayer was established in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois by the 24 years old German immigrant Oscar Ferdinand Mayer and his brother Gottfried (thanks for not being the eager brother).
After 53 years, in 1936, Oscar’s nephew Carl Mayer designed the fabulous Wienermobile.
1936 Wienermobile. Source: americandigest.org/
The car has been evolving through the years and it is still existing nowadays, after almost 80 years (!!!). What is the deal with this car? It started as a running advertisement. It had all the elements, the product+packaging (sausage+yellow band), the logo and the headline/slogan (look for the yellow band). Nowadays, according to Oscar Mayer’s site it is a 27-foot-long (8,2 meters) hot dog on wheels which is running the roads of the United States of America. Actually, there are 6 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels patrolling the arteries of this vast country. There is also 1 (thanks for that) Mini Wienermobile.
2008 Mini Wienermobile. Source: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com
The brand has an Instagram account and they post pictures of the cars in the different places as well as pictures of overexcited people who saw one of the vehicles and wanted to capture the so-long-awaited moment.
They are also owning a Twitter account to communicate what will their next movements be with a very own language.
The #Wienermobile is on its way to Houston, TX! We can't wait to ketchup with y'all!
— Wienermobile (@Wienermobile) February 11, 2015
Driving around the country the whole day involves, unfortunately, some dangers, like when a driver (or a friendly Hotdogger, in brand’s words) of one of the Wienermobiles crashed the weird vehicle into a house.
Anyway, these friendly Hotdoggers are satisfied employees who are happy to share their experiences with us. You can also see how the Wienermobile’s interior looks like in this video.
If your passions are driving and sausages, do not hesitate to apply for a Hotdogger job (AKA the coolest job of your life) through the application form!
The funny-moving advertisement is an effective way to promote your product, or maybe it is just a blast from the past which is still successful due to its sweetness and innocence.
If you know any other example of a ridiculous(ly) successful gadget, feel free to share it!
OH! … and do not forget to look for the yellow band!
For more information, visit the following links:
The birth of Carlota is close and my parents got the fabric bags ready. What a creative couple!
This is the post where I presented the logo.
Here are some baby bodies with the logo on it!
These are some pictures of ink illustrations I found digging on my phone pictures.
The following is for if push comes to shove, a blog about music, Berlin and more by the Berlin based journalist Corinne Plaga. It is a must for any music lover or/and berliner.
This was a present for the graphic design studio Groupe Dejour.
And this is a birthday card-voucher which was worth a record player.
After the Júlia custom type logo for my first niece, I had the chance to design another logo for my second niece, who will be born in 2015. In this case the name is Carlota and her logo will soon be placed on fabric bags too.
This is the process of design since the very first rough sketch.
The letter ‘c’ really needed some tweak.
A close up of ‘rlo’, my favorite part due to its flow.
Thanks for your attention and Season’s Greetings!