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jo lewis lovers cover art

Recently, the picto-brain offered to create the artwork for the talented Jo Lewis’ next release. After a conversation over a beverage or two, armed with the titles, a little insight in to the stories behind the songs and a page of notes on appropriate colours, moods and themes, the ‘brain set to work whilst listening to the ep.

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The concept artwork was delivered, and although Jo liked the layered image, she has opted for a more traditional cover with a striking self portrait.

You can’t win them all, so the saying goes, and it was an interesting creative project none the less.

Check out Jo’s music here and keep an eye on her facebook page for updates on the forthcoming ep.

 

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Happy Friday folks, here’s a little question for a sunny evening:

If the typographical element is removed from album sleeve design/single cover design, can the remainder be considered art?

Discuss!

 

Below are a few pieces of design for music from the picto-brain with the text removed or cropped away…

sasha kahn global meltdown no text fisso and spark freefall no text rebel_sketchy_up_and_down_no text joe c - skunky no text remixes_2011_cover_ no text fisso and spark do it baby concept no text

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The 1623 theatre company provide theatre performances, learning workshops, award-winning participatory activities and inspirational training courses all formed from or inspired by the works of Shakespeare. They’re currently conducting a research-and-development project that engages people creatively with King Lear in the context of dementia, a part of which is an open submission asking for creative responses to the quote ‘Let me not be mad’. [details here – closes 20th Sept!]
Here is the pictographik submission, a photoshop composite that hopefully echoes the tone of the phrase. (…maybe?!) Once the image is uploaded to their site, a link will be added.
Let me not be mad - pictographik submission
The original stock photos (below) came from sxc and were uploaded by user Leroys, check out his awesome detailed images here. The type is a combination of Times New Roman and Fusion.

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Here’s another piece of download artwork for Fisso & Spark for their next single ‘Dynamics’. It’s from their album ‘Future’ on Ground Level records and will be out in the er… near future! Here is the full series to see it in context:

fizzo and spark dynamics 1440 x 1440

 

Fisso and Spark 'You Can Do It'

 

fizzo and spark come with me

 

fizzo and spark future 1440x1440

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sticky retro sign

The picto-brain was commissioned by the awesome Miss Cakehead to create some retro signs for her latest project, this time a lot less gory than her other work but no less extravagant! Miss Cakehead is going to make it snow edible ice cream for two days at Thorpe Park  on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27 – that’s right, you did just read that – edible snow! In the middle of summer! More details can be found [here], if head along, keep you eyes peeled for the signs!

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After visiting a self-publishing fair at Chapter in Cardiff recently [details here], the picto-brain was inspired to create a mini-zine for o_S_k_m. The zine is limited to only 100 copies and contains a download code for a 3 track ep. It’s a typographic piece exploring the meaning of the 4 letters in the name… Do they actually stand for anything?

For details of getting one, email originalsoundkeepsmodifying@gmail.com 

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Here is the first in a series of re-imagined cd covers. ‘Music has the right to children’ by Boards of Canada is a pictographik favourite and April 20th was the 15th anniversary of its release – and celebrates the news of a new album from them due out in June, so it made sense to begin with it! The idea was to approach the the covers as though it was a new release and be guided by the song titles and music for creative direction. Once a concept was settled on, the design itself was created in the time it takes to listen to the album – no pressure then… Enjoy.

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Keep an eye on the ‘re-imagined’ tab for more in this personal project.

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o_S_k_m letters

A monochrome type treatment for o_S_k_m, the electronica alter ego of pictographik. Currently a banner on the bandcamp page but will be a part of a future ep sleeve to be released on Bitnormal. Bonus.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the artwork for the track called ‘minimal ceramic’, used in the video collab with lofieye (see previous post), and uses a photo from the slideshow series. The track is being released on the Bitnormal records bandcamp on 30/03/13.

oskm minimal ceramic

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This is a collaborative piece with photographer lofieye, transitions and titles by the picto-brain with music from audio alias, o_S_k_m.

State of Decay from lofieye on Vimeo.

These images were taken in an abandoned ceramic factory T.G. Greens in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The music is specially written by o_S_k_m for the slideshow,, submitted to Slideluck London V.

There is a publication of these and other images taken available, please contact through lofieye.wordpress.com

It’s worth mentioning that whilst taking photographs we were attacked by the ‘owner’ (probably the local scrap yard owner actually stealing metal from the building to sell for scrap). After coming at us with a shovel and threatening to kill us, tried to have us arrested for assault. What an utter psycho. Feel free to share the video as publicising the factory and letting people know that it’s a slowly decaying piece of unpreserved history, feels like the best way to get a positive outcome from what was a pretty weird experience.

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So, after a few emails, BrewDog asked if the picto-brain could develop the design for the beermats. To account for the reduction in size compared to a poster, they asked if it could be modified in to a half full pint glass that could be die-cut instead of the classic square. Keep an eye out for this kind of thing on a BrewDog bar table near you!

BrewDog beer-mat mock up 2

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Just a quick update on the BrewDog competition – Pictographik was voted as a winning design by the craft beer drinking community! Thanks to everyone that showed some love and voted, its much appreciated! The BD crew decided to turn the design into a beermat to happily sit on every table in their bars! Awesome! Keep up to date with BrewDog activities [here] too.

brewdog beermat

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live electronic

 

Here’s a logo the picto-brain conjured up for a new electronic music event happening in April in Quad, Derby. Keep an eye on their website – details will be up soon! [here]

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Here’s a sleeve design for a personal project, my audio alter ego, o_S_k_m which can be found over on Bitnormal Records, a new net label that loves electronic music.

oSkm OSkm osKm - its all the same thing really

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Just a little typography experiment in the form of an ambigram – a word that can be read either way up/has rotational symmetry. Thought the band name Hallouminati would work well, but still a work in progress

hallouminati ambigram

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Here’s the cover for the next EP for Ground Level artist Joe C, due out in April. Its a simple but striking. Until its released, check out this track remixed by Rebel Sketchy. Enjoy.

Joe C Black Ink EP 1440x1440

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Here’s the artwork for the forthcoming single from Fisso & Spark, to be released in March. Taken from their album ‘Future’ (Ground Level records), check out there phat breakbeat style [here]

Fisso and Spark 'You Can Do It'

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Independent and tasty craft ale makers BrewDog put a shout out for some poster designs. Here’s my typographic piece. Enjoy.

If you get a spare minute, please click [here] and give it a ‘like’ – Cheers!

BrewDog poster #posterdog

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Happy New Year 2013 from pictographik

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The latest release from Fisso & Spark on Ground Level is now up on beatport!

fizzo and spark future 1440x1440

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pictographik has submitted an entry to the current ‘Worn In’ themed competition, if you like this design, please show some love and vote for it [here] – inspired by a vocal sample from the Boards of Canada track ‘1969’.

 

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I can now reveal that the WIP piece shown a few posts back is for Fisso & Spark‘s forthcoming album called ‘Future’. I still can’t reveal the final piece for that just yet but I can show the artwork for their next single, ‘Come With Me’, from the future Ground Level records album. This has a similar treatment for consistency. ‘Come With Me’ will be available on Beatport on November 26th and features a remix by Rebel Sketchy too. Bonus!

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centre #ThatTypoThing

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The cd’s have arrived! You can buy it here: http://groundlevelrecords.greedbag.com/buy/ground-level-presents-playground/

 

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As the post title suggests, this is a work in progress, with the latest version (not shown here) awaiting approval from the artists as album artwork. Will show the final thing when they say its okay!

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