Continuing Project Doolittle, which honors the Pixies’ amazing album, we tackled “Crackity Jones” this week.
During Christmas clean-up of the house we found three jars of colored stones which were probably intended for plant pots but we had bought them with some unspecified future design project in mind. And this turned out to be the perfect opportunity to try them. (Also our older son had so much fun with helping that this turned out to be a perfect family activity, too.)
And yes, we designed the letters digitally before we made them tangible.
Front cover of the single.
Four more songs to go – and we’re working on it.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
This year we are celebrating by returning to our old project which we never got to finish: Project Doolittle. Back when we started experimenting with tangible typography, we started a series of vinyl covers for songs from the Pixies’ album Doolittle. Life happened then and we only did a little over the half of those but as this years marks the 30th anniversary of the album, we decided to finish that work.
And we’re starting with “La La Love You” made from cookies and honey.
Making of (sticky work it was).
Did you know that Ikea cookies submerged in honey will float up? Now you do.
Lots of St. Valentine-y love, guys.
In addition to the regular design work, a half of us teaches an introductory course to graphic design in the Academy of Fine Arts. Last year with the students of the then first year we did a project inspired by both the Beatles and the projects Vaughan Oliver did with his students on the Pixies. We did a booklet inspired by the Beatles’ One.
Each student drew a title of one of the songs and was supposed to create a photograph including the title and the time of the song, juxtaposing it with the lyrics. While the lyrics remained unornamented, the photograph had to create a scene whose atmosphere would comment on the song – on its lyrics or particularly on its mood. It was important to show how you can use typography, light and composition to create a mood of a design.
Here you get a chance to see the results and let me tell you, they surprised us with their maturity.
Bernard Kiedrowicz and “Yellow Submarine,” making use of our seaside location and Lego blocks.
Ula Aksinowicz and “Lady Madonna” made of rose petals and thorns.
Weronika Płucienniczek and the nostalgia for “Yesterday.”
Marta Zaparucha and “Eleanor Rigby” in a meditation on old age.
Aleksandra Bołbot and “Hard Day’s Night.”
Julia Jaros and the hippie life in “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”
Katarzyna Cur and the play of light in “Let It Be.”
Zuzanna Harat and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” made of colorful candy.
And another take on candy: Nikola Kądziela and “Hello, Goodbye.”
Marianna Pawłusiów, paper hands and “Help!”
Natalia Szenborn and “Eight Days a Week” on a wall.
Magda Bujara’s “All You Need Is Love” among the padlocks on a bridge of love.
Magda Misztal’s “Hey Jude” in a letter.
Paulina Zubowicz and “From Me to You” in glitter.
The cover (the first photo on the top), together with the back cover and the inside spread (below), with a lovely, somewhat surreal use of fake fur by Paulina Wiczanowska.
Today we’re sharing another tribute on the sad occasion of Leonard Cohen’s death. We have great admiration for Cohen’s lyrical skill and many favorites among his songs. Of those we picked eight, for which we drew still life illustrations/interpretations and arranged them into the poster.
In case they are difficult to read, from top to bottom and left to right these are: 1. Suzanne 2. The Stranger Song 3. Famous Blue Raincoat 4. Let’s Sing Another Song, Boys 5. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy 6. Chelsea Hotel #2 7. Hallelujah 8. Closing Time.
Controversial as it might be (providing you care about any of the following: literature, music, Bob Dylan, Nobel Prize, songwriting, Sweden), at re:design we are very, very happy that Bob Dylan got awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. We’ve been Dylan fans pretty much forever (well, a half of us more than the other half, probably) and this win feels like Christmas come early (without gifts but still).
To celebrate this fact we have created a tribute poster depicting various iconic looks of Dylan. Sure, we could’ve (and will, eventually) celebrated his words because they are gorgeous but this was fairly short-notice, as we’d never expected such news, and also, well, fun. Enjoy.
After a short break we return to Project Doolittle, with a quick little design because design-mostly-unrelated personal matters take a lot of our time this month.
We did it with carrots and now we’re doing it with bananas – by it, we mean food letters, of course. For the record, carrots were way easier to work with, especially that bananas in this weather are most unappetizing. Then again, we didn’t mean to eat them at all. We are quite pleased with the peel initial and wouldn’t mind trying the whole lettering with it but then we’d be stuck with a pile of bananas we wouldn’t know what to do with and we hate being wasteful with our designs.
And yes, of course you can’t work with bananas without thinking of Sagmeister so we hereby honor his work (while wishing we had his financing).