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The Lost Albums

Posted in Color, Illustrations, Imagined, Music, Published by Gluekit on March 26, 2009

Khulami Phase Album Illustration for Vibe Magazine - Gluekit, 2009

Khulami Phase by Lauryn Hill. Album Art. (Photo-illustration for Vibe Magazine by Gluekit, 2009)

Dream Factory Album illustration for Vibe - Gluekit, 2009

Dream Factory by Prince and the Revolution. Album Art. (Photo-illustration for Vibe Magazine by Gluekit, 2009)

We were recently commissioned by Vibe magazine to create album art for some of the most anticipated “lost” albums of the last few decades, which included albums by Prince, The Commission (a Notorious B.I.G. side project), Lauryn Hill, and 50 Cent. This was such a fun assignment to work on, since it allowed us to do some really intensive image and typographic research while we immersed ourselves in each artist’s catalogue. Mark Shaw, the art director we worked with on the project, asked us to do a short write-up for Vibe about how we went about making the illustrations, and our inspiration for each of the final four covers. The interview is up here!


Bubbling Up!

Posted in 3-Dimensional, Color, Illustrations, Photographs, Published by Gluekit on March 24, 2009

"Famous Last Words," Illustration for Wired by Gluekit, 2009

“Famous Last Words,” a recent 3-dimensional illustration by Gluekit for Wired!

Michelle Shines on New York!

Posted in Color, Covers, Illustrations, Published by Gluekit on March 23, 2009

Michelle Obama New York Cover by Gluekit, 2009

Last week we created the Michelle Obama illustration which graced the cover of New York magazine. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of sources, including Andy Warhol’s brilliant mid-1980s Interview covers (glamour! kitsch! mood lighting!), we were so happy with the way this turned out.

Iron Man

Posted in Color, Illustrations, Published by Gluekit on March 18, 2009

Iron Man Illustration for EW - Gluekit 2008

Iron Man illustration by Gluekit for Entertainment Weekly!

Shelf Life: We Say It’s All Good

Posted in Color, Gluekit, Photographs by Gluekit on March 17, 2009

Gluekit Shelf for Dudes in Suits Blog

Our shelf snapshot is up at Dudes in Suits, another exciting endeavor by Mike Perry (& crew?). We were quite intrigued by the first assortment of entries— it’s fun to see what people collect and are inspired by, the kinds of detritus that builds up around creative folks. Lots of great stuff. The latest set of entries is now up, and includes our shelf! Here’s the original call for shelves, in case you’d like to get in on the action… or just compile a fun little snapshot for your own self.

You’re Either In, Or You’re Out!

Posted in Color, Illustrations, Published by Gluekit on March 17, 2009

Illustration for Out Magazine by Gluekit, November 2008

Gluekit illustration for Out magazine!

New York Girl

Posted in Black and White, Illustrations, Sketches by Gluekit on March 16, 2009


Here’s some work we did for one of our favorite clients! We love this illustration of a little girl holding a kite string. She’s so adorably introspective against the grit and softened geometric forms.

Stories and Art Postcard

Posted in Color, Design, Photographs, Type, Yale by Gluekit on March 15, 2009

Stories and Art Postcard, 2008 by Gluekit

2008 Stories and Art postcard for the Yale University Art Gallery series which invites families to join YUAG staff for tales of “distant times and faraway lands [to] inspire children of all ages to view art in a new way.”

Hey, Cut It Out!

Posted in Announcement, Color, Exhibitions by Gluekit on March 15, 2009


Last night we attended the opening of Cut It Out, a great new show full of scissor-friendly magic at Open Space in Beacon, New York in the very beautiful Hudson Valley. The show was curated by the fantastically prodigious Mike Perry, who coincidentally also has a solo show, Patterns Found in Space, at Giant Robot in New York. Lots to check out! Cut It Out is chock full of work by great folks like Maya Wild, Damien Correll, Wyeth Hansen, Garrett Morin, Anna Wolf, Jim Datz, and loads of other talented paper fiends. We were thrilled to contribute some work too. The show is up until April 5, and makes a great destination for a day trip!

Cylons Are Among Us!

Posted in Color, Illustrations, Published by Gluekit on March 13, 2009

Battlestar Galactica illustration for Rolling Stone by Gluekit, 2009

And Cylons are also on the pages of Rolling Stone. Here’s an illustration we did recently for Rolling Stone’s Television column, featuring some of the stars of Battlestar Galactica!

In Black and Gold: Cody Hudson

Posted in Calendars, Color, Design, Type, Yale by Gluekit on March 11, 2009

Cody Hudson

Cody Hudson creates his clean, multi-dimensional graphics under the name Stuggle Inc., producing everything from hand-painted skateboards for good causes like Skateistan to hot t-shirt designs for Stussy, 2k, and Sixpack France. His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In fact, if you’re heading to Chicago soon, you can catch his solo exhibition from March 27-May 9 at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery. If you can’t make the show but want to check out the wealth of imagery and projects that Cody has produced so far, check his recent monograph Save My Life. And if you want to see something truly special, make plans to attend the Hyde Park Art Center this summer when an installation by Hudson will be gracing the main foyer!

Cody luckily made time in his busy schedule¬† to create this custom calendar cover for the Yale University Art Gallery. We love the clean lines and playful spirit of his cover, which uses negative space and simple geometric forms to achieve a compelling rhythm and grace. The simplicity of the elements belies the complexity and sophistication of the overall design, tantalizing the viewer’s eyes to find the embedded letterforms. It’s a fantastic addition to the Yale Calendar Cover Series!

Skittlelicious Atlanta!

Posted in Color, Illustrations, Published by Gluekit on March 9, 2009

Atlanta Magazine Illustration - By Gluekit, 2008

This is an illustration we did for the lovely folks at Atlanta magazine at the end of last year. We really loved the latitude they gave us to create this bright piece, which accompanied an article about the craziest news stories, local and national, of 2008.

Piece It Together

Posted in Color, Illustrations, Published by Gluekit on March 5, 2009

Illustration for BusinessWeek by Gluekit, 2008

This is an illustration we did for BusinessWeek about the economic possibilities of collaborative technologies. It’s a simple image, but we really loved the idea of creating a pixelated dollar sign out of sticky notes!

Part of It Gets Imprinted!

Posted in Books, Color, Fashion, Part of It, Photographs by Gluekit on March 4, 2009


We were super pleased to find an image of the Alphabet shirt that Daniel Eatock designed for Gluekit’s Part of It project in his brilliant recent monograph Imprint (2008). For more insight into Eatock’s meticulous practice and his projects, check out Eatock’s website and, in particular, the section on Imprint itself.

In Black and Gold: Labour

Posted in Calendars, Color, Museums, Type, Yale by Gluekit on March 3, 2009

Type for the Yale University Art Gallery Calendar Cover - by Labour, 2008

Labour is a do-it-all creative office in Williamsburg headed by Ryan Dunn and Wyeth Hansen, long-time collaborators who lend their magic touch to just about every type of media: video, typography, illustration, identity work, music composition, and so on. Recently they focused their prodigious talents on creating this cutting-edge design for the Yale University Art Gallery Calendar Cover Series.

Ryan and Wyeth are also ADC Young Guns, part of a cohort of top under-30 creative professionals recognized for their visionary and highly personal approach to design, typography, and media. They recently sat down for an interview about their work. For more video goodness, check out their website, which is chock full of reels for clients ranging from VH1 to the Museum of Modern Art and AIGA. Hot stuff!