Had the dream opportunity to design a limited edition silkscreened poster printed by Burnt Toast Studio in Calgary for amazing songstress Julien Baker for the 2019 Sled Island Poster Show. There were so many incredible artist picks Julien chose as the guest curator and that definately made this summer so special. The visual concept stemmed from reference to her song “Sour Breath” (I shouldn’t have built a house in the middle of your chest).
Vinyl packaging has always been my dream design physical format and being able to have the total freedom being both the client (as Silvering) and the designer, creating music and design visuals directly inspired by each other is such an amazing opportunity.
The deliverables for this project included creating all physical elements of packaging for the Silvering physical 7” release, a single cover for “Some Light” the first song released prior to the EP and merch which was designed to work together visually as a related series. Click (here) to listen to “Minefield Memory” on Spotify.
Super grateful to work on this single cover illustrative design for a song called “Tangled Up” - a collaboration between Chanele McGuinness and JT Daly. Two amazing musicians I’ve been following over the years and couldn’t be happier to see them creating music together.
JT came up with the initial visual concept which I used to come up with the cover imagery. After I finalized the visual JT printed the artwork out onto rice paper and completed the typography by hand using ink.
Click (here) to listen to “Tangled Up” on Spotify.
Vibrance is an energetic four piece indie pop / alternative rock band from Calgary by musicians Jeff Tocher, Kris Smith, Brandon Harmen and Brandon Staub. Much in line with their name they aim to reflect a dynamic and electrifying atmosphere with all they create collectively as a band. Their logo they decided needed improvement in order to better carry that message as a first step to refreshing their visual identity and representation before their first formal release. After creating a new logo for them I was able to work on the packaging for their EP Kaleidoscope.
Nova Locket is women’s wearable concept I designed at ACAD with a place for a tactile functioning reminder of what is really important. Along with its tactile to emotional connectivity it has the ability to redirect cellular intrusions by filtering out what calls for your immediate attention and what can wait. In a time where the quality of private experience is few and far to notifications and data collection Nova Locket works to bring the best of both worlds together in the best way possible.
I really wanted to make sure each part of the packaging could be elevated as a keepsake with dual uses rather than discarding the encasement material like with most purchasable products. The user manual is held by a leather case designed to be used as a wallet, the slide top wood box made to house other valued collected items, and the charging unit itself is also a leather cord bracelet that magnetically secures around the wrist where the lightning to USB connection tips disappear joining to the magnetic piece.
All designed, shaped, assembeled, built, and photographed components of this project are my own.
Cover art designed for “Valances” a song I wrote and released as Chin Up, White Leaf thanks to 50 Days YYC and recording studio Evergreen Sound. Click (here) to listen.
Music / lyrics / guitars: Shalom Toy
Recording / strings / all atmospheric instrumentation: Mark Troyer
Piano arrangement: Ruben Young
50 Days YYC, a festival project started by Calgary Musician Ruben Young in August 2015 was created and launched to showcase new music artist at different local venue around Calgary in partnership with local brands and vendors each night for 50 straight days throughout the summer. As the first project of it’s kind in the city they were looking to promote the festival with an eye catching series of illustrated posters that embodied the excitement and sentiment of embarking on the new live music concept.
(click for 50 Days YYC video clip)
I first met Ruben a year prior to the launch of the 50 Days YYC project on his wild personal endeavour of playing 50 straight days of shows himself in a variety of performance settings across Calgary during one of the last nights. This was what fuelled and brought the larger scale festival to life the following year that was inclusive of an array of musical genres and styles.
The evident element of determination and drive to embark on a city wide mission of partnering with local venues and businesses to create a brand new concept of live music for 50 consecutive days was incredible. Not only does that kind of vision say a lot about Ruben as an artist and person but it also shows how dedicated he is about music reach as an effective means of strengthening the community. I was invited to be part of 50 Days as Chin Up, White Leaf and saw how much time and dedication he and everyone involved in the process put in each day. I’m sure team members put off sleep to prepare and pull through for days and events for days ahead. I consider myself lucky to have gotten to know him and watch even from afar now with that context as Ruben continues to bring that same strength of mind and grind into his solo music career raising the bar with each release.
A poster I designed for a show I played in Nashville, TN with bands Swann, Illiad Stone and Wes & Abbey at Springwater. A time lapse video of the design process included below.
Using the cover artwork created by Salome (for their self titled LP as a whole) for the inspiration and theme for The Ashley Hundred’s singles “Lonely Love'“ and “Mirage Mirage”. A colour scheme and natural yet delicately psychedelic theme developed from there.
The botanical mirrored illustrative imagery was created to speak to Salome’s artwork visually as a subtle teaser as it would be released as the album cover after the singles. With that in mind I wanted to try and extract colours from her work and reuse them in watercolour texture applications. I had the idea that it might be neat to have both the singles be “twin brother” pieces instead of jumping to another concept that could be linked thematically some way.
The Ashley Hundred had got in touch with me about designing the packaging for their upcoming self titled album and the 2 singles that would be put out before the entire release as a whole. They had their cover artwork completed by artist Salome Iljana Koller (who created the imagery for their previous single “Falling Up”) for their new album and needed other elements to carry over in consistency of theme over onto both CD’s and vinyl.
What I thought was important was to try and feature the intricate details of Salome’s beautiful work on some of the other surfaces, initially it was the illustrated leaves that I was taken by. That imagery helped drive the rest of the packaging and the 2 single’s “Lonely Love” and “Mirage Mirage” where I chose to focus on the up close elements of line work, water and plant nature existing within the original cover to speak the visual theme.
Each of those elements collectively communicated an image and sense of wild calm yet complex eclectic makeup. Something that well reflects The Ashley Hundred’s musical aesthetic in short through their discography.
Click (here) to listen to the album
Chanele McGuinness is songwriter and musician from Donegal Ireland who performs airy atmospheric acoustic songs — truly beautifully crafted with angelic essence no doubt. She has toured with Natalie Prass in 2015 on her Europe and UK tour playing sold out venues on many of those dates.
Chanele was looking to release her second EP and wanted the visuals to look magical and sweet reflective of her vocal and melodic delivery but with an element of subtle moody disorder to contrast the lyrical content of the songs. After finishing the final pieces of the visuals for the release, “Already Gone” was released in July of 2015 and reached number three on the iTunes singer songwriter charts.
Chanele and I first got got to know each other thanks to the internet / social media years ago through a band called Paper Route, a band we are both major fans of and adore greatly from Nashville, TN. I am continually excited to see where she will bring her craft to next along her journey.
Click (here) to listen to “Already Gone”
Phox is a 5 piece band from Baraboo, Wisconsin comprised of Monica Martin, Matt Holmen, Jason Krunfusz, Dave Roberts and Matteo Roberts who play alternative folk indie swoon pop music. Their song “Kingfisher” is a definite favorite of mine. Monica Martin’s easing, blanket-esque comfort grade voice and playful falsetto vocal transitions are pretty much magic.
After announcing their Goodbye For Now Tour in December of 2016, a break for the members of the band to pursue other things for a while, I contacted them through Matt Holmen to see if they would like to have a poster done for that tour. They were very open to the idea and gave me free creative vision in all regards to play with an illustrative concept, though with the later timing of full communication the poster couldn’t be used for the tours promotion.
After working closely with Vibrance on their visual identity refresh, I was also able to work on the artwork/design for elements of their upcoming EP entitled “Kaleidoscope”.
The goal was to come up with a design that inspired movement and vibrant energy, like their name implies, with repetition of geometric shape and a bright well considered colour palette. Something that I needed to make sure of with that idea in mind, was that each designed piece for the EP needed to have the ability to work with white space just as effectively as within it’s own details.
What I really appreciated about Vibrance working with them was that they knew exactly how they wanted their packaging to “feel”, something I always try to focus on versus tangible specifics, and communicated that so effectively. They knew who they were as a band and were able to tell how a visual direction was going to either solidify their core truths as a band visually or take away from them.
Click (here) to listen to the EP.
Evan Freeman is a musician, singer/songwriter from Calgary. His debut album Luna wraps post-rock and shoegaze production around dreamy pop hooks, evoking Radiohead, Beach House and Ride.
Evan and I first got in touch when I designed the cover art and packaging for Adam Van Wielingen’s album which Evan helped organize and release in Adam’s memory. Before we had got in touch to work on something for this release "Without Your Love” went through a series of changes over about 2 years through collaboration and reiteration that resulted in the song becoming this retro-futuristic anthemic jam by its latest stage. After first listening to it I had envisioned a crystalized metallic aesthetic reminiscent of an old school digital visualizer, something electric with movement communicated by motion and colour. Evan knew that he wanted to have two interlocking hands resembled in a meaningful way and trusted my intuitive direction and method of execution with the idea.
Evan along with director Eric Pauls, cinematographer Michael Janke, publicist Liam Prost and myself as production designer submitted a Storyhive proposal/pitch alongside the visuals I was able to create to Storyhive for a music video grant aimed to create a narrative rich visual for the release of WOYL. The song itself was released on February 2, 2019.
Silvering “Some Light” Music Video concept that I directed with videographer and friend Dexter Mabanta in Inglewood Calgary. Dexter both filmed and edited the video sequences and I did the footage colour grading.
Digital single cover art created for Raghav’s song “Until the Sun Comes Up”, an alternate cover also designed with an additional feature from Abishek Bachchan.
The song was written the year that the United Nations spoke of 2015 as the international year of light and associated technologies. Raghav decided to make his song a collaboration effort with NGO SolarAid who’s aim is to provide working solar devices to areas that heavily lack technologic resources that take the place of dangerous kerosene lamps. Together the organization and Raghav helped bring solar light to a Tanzanian school of 300 students.
The branding elements of Cosmic Cavern Design I created.
I wanted to include constellation or star map imagery in some way through the visuals, I really connected with the idea that with whatever crazy or overwhelming things that might be going in your life, when night falls and its dark enough, you can look up into the night sky and see the stars... As vast and endless as the space that they exist in may be, those are anchor points. Those are familiar, security maybe.. Assurance that the smallest things matter amongst the chaos.
What I also connected with was constellations or star shapes representing the foundational truths that will drive a project concept forward that I have to always keep as the main focus in simplicity. I found it fitting also with the word “Cosmic” tying into that..