stills of DVD and Blu-ray menu designs:
An underground movement founded on electronic dance music and a utopian vision, the global phenomenon is known as rave culture has proven a well-spring of some wildly innovative graphic design. This valuable sourcebook, featuring the very best examples of club flyers created to promote raves, is unrivaled in documenting the distinctive visual style of the American techno scene. The book provides a brief overview of the history of the American rave scene, explores how graphic sensibilities vary regionally, and chronicles the progression of styles, forms, and means of production in flyer design, from crude photocopy to extravagant five-color foldout. Artistically inspiring, this book is also a record of the parties themselves, as the flyers include dates, locations, and names of DJs, bands, promoters, and sponsors.
The Earth Program is a New York-based multimedia firm that owns two record labels, produces rave events, and specializes in high-tech graphic design.
FOUNDation: Transforming Found Objects into Digital Assemblage showcases the work of more than thirty internationally recognized designers who have used found objects to inspire their digitally generated designs. Featured designers include Chip Kidd, Stefan Sagmeister, Chase Design Group, Cream01 Federation, and more. Each innovative design — ranging from posters to Web sites, fonts, skateboards, and t‑shirts — is paired with text from the designer elaborating on how the piece was made, special effects used, and the creative process behind it all.
Designers are always in need of new books to help spark their imagination and fill their work with fresh ideas. This guide delivers all that and more with examples of today’s most earth-shattering design and illustration achievements from 40 top designers. Extreme Design also helps designers incorporate its ideas into their own work by providing practical information on the concept and development of every design. From brochures to print ads to CD covers, Extreme Design features work from the world’s most innovative design houses, including Chris Ashworth, Why Not Associates, Graphic Havoc, Sayuri Studio, Attik, and many others. It is a must-have idea book for every graphic artist and designer because its inspiration goes beyond the visual.
One day my old high school friend Cyrill and his advertising agency in Munich calls me to ask if I would show them around in New York. They had completed a large account’s branding campaign so they had the resources to fly the entire office to New York to party for a few days. It was wild as far as I can remember. They regarded me as an alien and from then on hired me frequently to fly to Munich and be part of their team, i.e. an advertising campaign for Munich-based Denim fashion label Pash.
We came up with the theme that clothing is a form of protection, from people that check you out, temperature, and all sorts of rays, even future, un-explored, alien rays. In the present, we protected Wildlife, Noise, Research, Repetition, Limits, Addictions, Madness, and Communication.
sketches and the website
I co-founded a monthly print magazine entitled “Flyer” with a circulation of 100,000, which ran from 1998 to about 2003. It was a free monthly guide to urban culture. Conveniently pocket-sized and filled with concise information, the magazine took a look at life in and outside of New York’s thriving club world.
These are some of its covers:
A lost art form. A way to promote parties, raves, and events before the internet. In a short period of pre-Guilliani club culture that took place in clubs like “The Tunnel”, “Limelight”, “Roxy”, “Sound Factory”, “Vinyl”, “Wetlands”, “Twilo” with parties named “Nasa”, “Konkrete Jungle”, “Park Rave Maddness”, “Jungle Nation”, “Body & Soul”.
Kathe and Mac McFarlane, Alan Sanctuary, DJ Seoul, Sina Molaan, Mike Bindra, Scott from Park Rave Maddness, Dara and the Breakbeat Science Crew, Scotto, Tom Mello, Jonathan Kadish, and Scott Richmond from Satelite Records,
design a flyer that will promote the event and create credibility for the promoters, the event, its fans, guests, the club, and the scene.
I also found this article in Mixer magazine that mentioned Bodie and my flyer design for the Tunnel.
A Times-less showcase of cutting-edge work from 44 leading type designers. The flourishing of small type foundries has created a newfound interest in how contemporary typefaces can be used in actual designs. Cool Type shows how it’s done through the provocative work of some of today’s best type designers.– contains innovative designs from Chip Kidd, Fred Woodward, Bruce Mau, Why Not Associates and 40 other modern type artists– features a foreword from Carlos Segura and an afterword from Rick Valicenti, designers who have helped set the pace for modern American typography– includes bios, designs that show typefaces in action, and information on how the typeface in each piece was created or manipulated– complete with a directory of where to buy the featured typefaces
Some of my type designs are featured in a book about Extreme Font Design.
Finally, the incredible design transformation of the alphabet is given its proper due. The global explosion of type houses is increasing the accessibility and variety of fonts everywhere, allowing virtually anyone to make unique design statements with type. More than 40 of the most innovative type designers and font houses proudly showcase their most exciting font alphabets-many of them never seen before in print as well as showing their use in design applications that reach well beyond the ABC’s. Additional value is derived in the explanation of their creative thinking that went into each design.
published by Spencer Drate
At the end of the ’90s, it was a significant surge of websites, and MTV had one of the first ones. When the art director Manabu Inada at Viacom picked up one of my nightclub flyers, he contacted me and asked if I would be his assistant working on one of MTV’s first websites. The manga anime movie Ghost in the shell had just come out and greatly influenced the design.
At some point, MTV even tried to build its own search engine, called “UnfURLed”
I kept on working as a graphic designer for MTV projects, a search engine called Unfurled, the reality shows The Hills, as well as websites for CMT, a band competition portal called Addicted 2 Noise, a video portal for Madonna, and parts of the MTV website.