Aaron is currently the hottest thing in the world of design. You might have seen his book. You've very probably seen some of his work, somewhere. You might even jot notes down in his Field Notes branded notebooks. I've been a big fan of his work for a while now, and when my wife Sara told me she booked him for an appearance at NHIA as part of his cross-country tour, I knew I had to make a portrait of him.Read More
I love album art. I love the square format and I love making album covers. It started when I was a kid in high school. I had a big audio cassette collection, and I'd make mix-tapes for my friends. Not one to be satisfied with simply making a mix tape, I'd make jacket artwork for the tapes as well. I'd clip things from magazines and comic books and I'd run down to the public library and I'd shell out a few dozen dimes on their photocopier and I'd layer and copy and layer and copy things, until I'd have a multi-fold tape jacket with song tiles and odd credits and I absolutely loved every moment of it.
When I started getting more active with Photoshop and computers, I started making fake cd/record covers.
When I work with bands and musicians, I'll spend a little extra time with some of the proof images and I'll make very small cd-cover examples; things I can show the client to give them an idea of what they can actually do with the images we've created together.
For me, when I get stressed out and need to relax, I'll sit down and open up some photographs and I'll mock-up some fake album covers. It brings me great pleasure to do this.
There is an example of a recent little "Moment of Zen" when I needed to tune out the world and just relax. I grabbed a video-still from when I worked with Michael Bellar a few years ago, and I made this. I love it.
Make sure you give yourself brief little "Moments of Zen", where you can just spend a little time doing something you absolutely love for no other reason than to make yourself happy.
I love old, vintage, product boxes.
Old advertising, old boxes, old packaging - I love it. I love the simplistic design. So elegant.
Someone sent me this old Polaroid box in the mail because I wanted to scan it in and print it out to hang on my wall. Then I started toying with the idea of taking the design elements and making them into business promo's for my photography. It seemed like a fun idea to try, so I spent an afternoon scanning old camera-related boxes and turning them as closely as I could into promo pieces that I could use to mail to companies and places I'd like to work with. A kind of elbow-in-the-ribs private in-joke to those who see it. Maybe some will get it and laugh. Maybe some won't understand.
Kodak film box
Impossible Project box. Yeah, this one isn't vintage, but I love the nod to the Polaroid colors it uses. and I love that SCP font; all nice and thin and long.
I don't know if I'll actually print these and send them out, but I thought they came out pretty cool. Definitely fun. And that is the most important thing. Fun. Humor. Good times.