‘Ghostpoet’ uses skin biopsy to create album artwork

Curator: Heydays
date: May 20, 2015
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Packaging Design
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"Shedding Skin" is the third studio album from London’s Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet. For his new album cover, Obaro (A.K.A. Ghostpoet), collaborated with researchers at UCL to utilise a skin biopsy as the key visual element for the artwork. The result is mesmerising visual graphics, 100% personal and unfiltered.
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FADER.com re-design

Curator: Tina Hardison
date: February 26, 2015
Categories: Design in Music, Experience Design
Tags: culture, music, web design
Wondersauce recently launched their re-design of the FADER's online presence. As a regular FADER magazine reader myself, I never knew I could enjoy an online editorial experience so much. The full-screen photography, seamlessly integrated music, and fluid grid of content is a beautiful extension of the magazine experience.
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Music for 18 Musicians

Curator: David Grey
date: October 23, 2014
Categories: Design in Music, Poster Design
Tags: education, graphic design
At Santa Fe University of Art and Design I teach a course called "Design for Music," in which students have the opportunity to work on LP/CD/mp3 music packaging in a group studio environment. 

I’m continually impressed by how the structure of this course helps students relax into the creative process. Last week, we took a playful three-hour break with an evening workshop on repetition, pattern and rhythm. I introduced the designers to Steve Reich’s "Music for 18 Musicians." We played it a few times in a row while designing imaginary performance posters. 

Within one evening some incredible work transpired. Their responses were playful and unrestrained, intuitive and intellectual. The inspiration of it all made me crave an immediate studio session of my own. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to share some of this rich student work with you.
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A Wandering Mapmaker: Rachel Freeman

Curator: David Grey
date: October 22, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Art, Design in Film, Design in Music, Poster Design
Tags: graphic design, student
Rachel Freeman is changing the landscape of graphic design in northern New Mexico. She’s a young artist who already shows the qualities of a creative mystic. I love how she manipulates color and form to resonate sensation and emotion. 

Her reinterpretation of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the commissioned poster for Santa Fe University of Art and Design are magnificent. She builds supportive grids to create compositions that feel like flowing rain and the flickering of a night sky. They instantly make me smile. 

Whether it's commercial work or self-initiated projects, Rachel explores graphic design as contemplative art. She's authentic and self-reflective. If this is the work of a designer who's at the beginning of a life-long practice, then I can't wait to see how her creative path unfolds.
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Odd Harmonics: A Family of Theramins

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 15, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Product Design
Tags: instrument, music

I love odd musical instrument design, as seen in yesterday's post. This charming family of theremins (yes, they all work) were on display at Wanted Design’s Industry City outpost, and I loved them all.


But if I had to choose just one to take home, the clear winner is the one with the curly white hair. I thought the designer, François Chambard of UM Project, really moved the design conversation forward by looking at an oft ignored—even forgotten—object and bringing it back to life. These theremins were expertly executed, full of character, accessible, and were by far my favorites from last design week. 

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