2008 postcard for the Yale University Art Gallery’s Parents’ Weekend schedule of events.
Hip-hoppity goodness! It’s a new Yale University Art Gallery calendar cover for Spring 2009 by the formidable and wildly awesome Kevin Lyons! The man behind many a Nike, Adidas, and Arkitip designs (wowser, what a list, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg), Lyons created a delightfully whimsical cover that captures the sheer toothy good nature that greets Spring after a cold long winter. Lyons is a lion in the world of street-smart, DIY graphics, having manned the helm of Stussy Worldwide and directed the creative output of Urban Outfitters for several years, all the while pumping out a steady stream of solid fresh graphics. Nowadays, Lyons holds forth as Design Director for NYC’s Anomaly and is a proud father.
During our work on the Print Magazine 2008 Regional Design Annual cover and interior spreads (!!), we generated hundreds of photographs documenting our approach and process for creating three-dimensional typographic scenes. Some of these images we loved for their simplicity–others for their spatial oddness, color play, or because of the exact moment they captured. This one? Well, we love drips crawling down a white wall. Drips and splatters do feature prominently in much of our work– tactile and messy and nearly always evidence of the process at hand. And in this photo you can also spot some of the stage markings we used to indicate placement for objects. In order to create some of the visual effects on the cover, we needed to calculate the right angle and position for the various components using a whole host of techniques.
The November 2008 issue of Grafik magazine featured the Yale University Art Gallery’s Calender Cover Series! Here’s a snapshot of the spread, which showcased covers by Parra, Mike Perry, Ryan Waller, Todd St. John and Antoine+Manuel.
This postcard was featured as a winning entry in Print Magazine’s 2008 Regional Design Annual. The issue of the Annual was a very special one for us– we created the cover and the six spreads that introduced each regional section. It was quite an honor to work with the amazing staff at Print on this project, and we were thrilled with the chance to experiment with dimensional type in a way we’d only dreamed about, using the facilities at the Yale School of Art.
Illustration by Gluekit for the UK Guardian’s The Guide! This was a spot illustration for the Guide’s end-of-the-year TV commentary.
Above: some skateboard proposals from the Gluekit factory. These decks aren’t printed (yet!) but… someday…
Illustration by Gluekit for the UK Guardian’s The Guide. Pop collages like this are always a lot of fun to work on!
Another set of proposed Gluekit decks. Hotness!
Back in September, we were thrilled to be asked to participate in a giant yellow sticky project by the kind folks of Elsewhere. Their project was a collaborative poster campaign that used the motif of stickies, created by various graphic designers and studios, to paste up design across London during the 2008 London Design Festival. The limited edition and in many cases completely unique posters were free for the collecting by intrepid festivel goers. The Elsewhere site has a photo set of the posters in situ.
Our contribution was a set of neon green stenciled “Stick Together” stickies, a hand-numbered edition of twenty. You can see one in the snapshot above of one of the site installation of the project, taken at the Design Museum, surrounded by contributions by other participants!
(Photo courtesy of Elsewhere : http://www.elsewhere.org.uk/)
Our portrait of that scary THING lurking in the corner of all blogger hearts— the Snark Monster! This illustration appeared in New York magazine this week. It accompanied a book review by Adam Sternbergh of David Denby’s book Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and It’s Ruining Our Conversation. We are not being snarky when we say we enjoyed every minute of working on this illustration.
Illustration by Gluekit for the UK Guardian’s The Guide! This photo-illustration originally accompanied a piece reviewing the top 10 movies of 2008.
What better way to ring in the new year (Happy 2009!!) then by making some noise! And this handy tote, designed by Wyeth Hansen, can remind you to keep the beat strong throughout the whole year. A portion of the profits have been designated by Wyeth to go to the Fresno Arts Council.
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