Was asked to do a poster for the Glad Café’s upcoming event at the Streetland festival. I’ve seen the Zimbabwean duo Ernest & Tawona Sithole at a previous GC event and with the rest of the cultural mix of music it should be a good one.
Some friends of mine are opening a café/bar/venue sometime this year in the Southside of Glasgow with the intention of providing the area with a much needed arts hub.
The Glad Cafe wants to provide a space where people can come together in and across different spheres of activity, philosophies, cultures and age groups to share ideas and to foster and showcase creativity.
With there being such a bunch of talented folks in the Southside, it seemed like a good idea for The Glad Café to create a zine to showcase some of their writings and artwork. The Glad Rag was designed by good friend and former bandmate (Silver Caves), Dan Bryant, and follows a beautiful minimal and restrained style throughout. Sadly, Dan was tragically killed last year. I loved his musical and graphical style, particularly his gig posters which you can see on his site: Wool. The Glad Café had a great launch party last week for the first edition of The Glad Rag with lovely music from Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals and a reading from the very engaging Alan Bissett. I think everyone agreed that this first issue of The Glad Rag was a great and fitting tribute to Dan and his talent.
More stuff from the attic. My Dad was pretty bad for never chucking anything out, which, although farsically clutterful, meant he kept some pretty cool things, like these lovely headers from Airfix bag kits of the 50s & 60s. Not sure exactly what it is in particular that attracts me to these so much, but the combination of nice retro colours, fonts and vehicles works for me. Zodiac illustration as my wallpaper for a bit I think. More below the fold or you can view them all on flickr.
Been going through a whole load of interesting boxes from my parents attic recently and have come across some very nice vintage items like this Sekonic cinecam, but I’ve also found some great graphics and imagery too. Above is a selection of some scans I took of reel-to-reel tape boxes that belonged to my Grandad, you can see the full set here. It amazes me the effort that would have had to go into the printing of these kind of materials back then. Loving the Philips dots in particular, reminiscent of some of the record sleeves I’ve seen on Project Thirty Three.
Below is a nice design that I scanned from an electric blanket box, pretty funkadelic for a Boots own brand product I thought.
The cinecam I found also came with a mini manual that the below images came from. Amazing Ilford logomark.
After a fairly hectic past couple of months finishing up college, I’ve managed to get my new portfolio site up and running. Having used Indexhibit for the build and maintenance of my last site, it’s been both challenging and liberating designing this one from scratch. There’s a lot of the stuff from my last site up there along with a few new projects so feel free to have a look and let me know what you think in the comments…
Finally made the decision to bump the ever-clunky, messy myspace malarkey and make the move to SoundCloud. A far more pleasant experience it’s turning out to be too. Have put a handful of tracks up so far, most of them new. Tracks below are ‘Eclipse’, an acoustic song that I did with Karina Smillie (ultra lovely vox) and ‘No More Colours’ (featuring my not quite as lovely vox). You can hear the other tracks here, all of which are free to download. Enjoy.
Interesting project from Jessica Svendsen based on the classic Josef Müller-Brockmann poster where she created a different variation every day for 100 days. It’s great to see the progression of her ideas and how it developed throughout the project within the constraints of the original design.
I’ve been following Kim Høltermand’s work for a while now and he never ceases to amaze me with every new series of photographs he produces. Other worldly minimal shots are his thing and the ambience and vibe he captures with his pictures are incredible. The above selection are no exception from his recent Deserted City set on Behance, which carry an eerie feeling throughout, some almost like they could be cities submerged underwater.
Interestingly, when he isn’t taking beautiful photos he works as a fingerprints expert in The Crime Scene Unit of The Danish National Police.
Geotic is a side project of Will Wiesenfeld, AKA (the ever lovely) Baths, and is giving away his new album Mend for free here. 14 tracks that were recorded in a ridiculous 4 days last month. Super lush melodic guitar and synth very reminiscent of Bibio’s lo-fi production combined with heavy Brian Eno influences and not a little Boards of Canada stylings to boot. Very delicious indeed.