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Screen Print: Sorry For Your Moss

As mentioned in this post, our boy, Bloomstar, had the genious idea to just print whatever we wanted to get our print process down. So I did a drawing based off of this Kate Moss pic.

She’s a four color, ~9x~10 print on French Paper, 100lb stock, in a run of 19. I did the separations with pencil and once I had the transparencies printed, I locked up in the studio for 8hrs tearing down stock, burning the screen, mixing the ink, and printing. Selena and Bloomstar came around to help out (thank you), and Selena took most of these pics :)

Say you want one in the comments and we’ll get a hold of you.

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Pentagram’s World Chess Branding

FINALLY some design that makes me feel all giddy inside (of course its from Pentagram). I feel like it’s been a million years since I saw a logo and fell in love with it. Do you see that thing!?! It’s like you’ve been at some hipster tavern waiting for your friend who’s an hour late, and just as you think you can’t take being there any longer, a beautiful woman walks in (or man, but I doubt Ed Westwick would find himself among Papst urchins) and you remember that there are good people in the world who go beyond putting an object in place of a letter or simply fill in counters. Then there’s more.

Pentagram was tasked with designing an identity to restore the reputation of the World Chess Championship, as well as catch the attention of young challengers in the game of strategy and foresight. Well they grabbed my attention in a dark alley, and mugged me with thought-out, solid application of the new brand. Do you see those score cards? Those posters? The logo mark in the wood??

If there’s some other great branding that you think I’ve missed, let me know in the comments :)

Got Together our Ninth Mix For You

I know it’s been a while, but you know we’ve been busy learning and trying new things, and while we’re doing all that learning and trying we’re blasting tracks. So here’s a little bit of what I’ve been cranking the past few months :)

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Kasper-Florio Design Studio

This is a team I’ve been watching for awhile and am finally getting around to talking about.

Whenever I look through their work, I quickly become mesmerized by the clean typography and seemingly empty spaces. This is some classic Swiss shit. As a designer, you never really get tired of such ageless graphics. At a glance it seems so beautifully simple. However, with a trained eye you can pick up how much thought and skill went into every slice of work. Dark and light contrasts. Negative space. Insanely cohesive type that you’d think would get boring, but it really only gets more interesting. Very little “flashy” graphics and only very pure illustration and photography.

Fucking Swiss.

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Aaron Bloom’s Pizza Print

A few days ago Selena and I hit the studio to help our boy, Aaron Bloom (whom I’ll be referring to as Bloomstar), print a little practice pepperoni pizza print: one color on yellow stock from French Paper!!

We’re still breaking in our print set up, and Bloomstar had the solid idea of just printing as frequently as possible, doesn’t matter what it is, to really find our best work flow and work out any kinks that might come up through the process.

This little print represents us moving forward and building on our print skills—complete with finding ink in places we didn’t know we had long after the last pull :/

You already saw my watergirl print, and pizza print is Bloomstar’s second quick print (his first is the smaller one hanging up on the wall on yellow stock). Keep your eyes peeeeeled for more amazing quick prints blasting out of our studio.

John Baldessari Narr. by Tom Waits

After seeing this, I dug a little further on Baldessari and found this documentary on him (spoiler alert: it’s awful). But it turns out that Baldessari has dipped his toe in painting, photogrphy, video, and sculpture (and probably a few more mediums) which seems to be a common trait of ‘the greats.’ Oh, and the man has a damn iphone app out (what!).

Sifting through more info and works, I realized I really liked Baldessari’s approach and method on art, but I really don’t care for the actual work he’s done. Are you feelin’ it?

Peep the quick history on Baldessari, some of his work, and go make some whacky thing and call it ART. Just this morning I used my phone to make a video of me repeatedly standing up and sitting down in the shower for twenty minutes and every third stand up I’d shout “bike helmet boxes!!”

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iPhone5 Ready October Wallpaper

Couldn’t leave you hanging two whole months in a row, so I got something sweet for ya as fall sets in!

Hope you guys have an amazing October w tons of tricks and treats. If you have a surplus of treats, let us know and we’ll tell you where you can send ‘em :)

Christopher Martin’s wallpaper:
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