1. Dear editors of “WHERE” magazine, two words: IMAGE PLACEMENT

  2. Shout Out Louds have released a record made from ice.

    The Swedish band’s new single, ‘Blue Ice’, is being put out in 10 limited edition kits which can be frozen and made into functional ‘vinyl’ which can be played on a record player.

    io9 reports that the ice single has been made in conjunction with ad agency TBWA Stockholm.

    They told Co.Design: “One of the biggest challenges was that the bubbles made the ice cloudy and messed up the tiny tracks, which made the needle jump.”

    Apparently distilled water gave the best result – “giving the final product a nice clarity and even surface”.

    They also used a silicone mould for “quick and easy record removal”.

    ‘Blue Ice’ comes from the Shout Out Louds fourth album, ‘Optica’, which is due for release on February 26, 2013. ‘Optica’ follows their previous album, ‘Work’, which was released in 2010.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/WdmiZY

    What is the best packaging/gimmick you have seen in the music world?

  3. Just want to take this moment to wish all our followers and customers an amazing Christmas! That is assuming we survive the end of the world tomorrow :)

    We will be closed till December the 27th so if you send us an email, please be patient waiting for a response.

    Hope you all have a great day and i look forward to working with you all in 2013!! If the world is still here lol!!

  4. Yo Momma Is A Bad Graphic Designer

    Made me laugh!!

  5. sosuperawesome:

    Nerds like us by ~loselips-sinkships

    Love This!!!

    (Source: sosuperawesome, via goodtypography)

  6. The Evolution of Batman’s Logo.

    Batman has been many things over the years, from the camp chubster of the 1960s TV show, to the gruff misery-guts of the Dark Knight trilogy. And each stage of that transformation has been accompanied by a different logo. Cathryn Lavery has gathered them all together on a single poster, which pleases us greatly.

  7. APPLE MAPS APP - The Icon Says It All

    Really guys, what did you expect!!

  8. Help Save Music & Arts in Schools

    Many of you will already be aware that the governments are seeking to introduce the English Baccalaureate, or EBACC, at GCSE level and may well have made a response to this development. Did you also know that neither MUSIC, nor any of the ARTS, are included as possible subjects for study towards the EBacc?

    If you are concerned, as we are, for our young people’s lack of opportunity to study music at this level, please click the link below and sign the petition.

    A very professional campaign is being run called “Bacc for the Future” www.baccforthefuture.com and there will be a meeting in parliament on Tuesday 11 December from 2pm until 4pm on the EBacc and the sixth pillar of creative subjects. It will be hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education and musician Tasmin Little will be speaking along with other guests.

    The more signatures there are by then, the stronger our case will be.

    The campaign to reform the EBacc
    Bacc for the Future
  9. Can the music industry be saved by good design?

    Lately, it seems that fewer and fewer people are purchasing tangible albums. I’ve purchased fewer in the past few years than I had say, 10 years ago. I have iTunes gift cards lying around. So why not use those, right?

    I have mixed feelings though, about purchasing music online. Something just seems less valuable about it because I can’t hold an actual piece of it in my hand.

    Judging an album by its cover

    Growing up, I had dreamed of designing album artwork when I was older – without knowing then the reality of the Internet and all its digitalized glory. To be fair, I have designed a handful of albums for local jazz musicians in my career as a designer, but somehow it just doesn’t seem as impressive as it would have a decade ago.

    There is just something special about a tangible album that is difficult to substitute.

    Well-designed packages draw you in. I know quite a few folks who buy wine based on if the label is “cute” or not, others who buy the pair of Bonobos jeans because of the cool box they come in, and some who still judge a book based on how well the cover is designed – no matter how many times their mothers told them not to.

    Packaging is important to the retail aspect of so many things, not only music.

    We live in a digital world

    I know that the digital world has changed a lot of other things in the past decade or so. I used to be better at communication before smart phones, email, and Twitter. I also used to have a different way of purchasing and learning about new things. I now use websites like Amazon, NPR’s All Songs Considered, among others.

    Sadly, the reality is that a lot of people illegally obtain music in one way or another and most of the time these illegal files don’t even have the album artwork attached to it. Nor, do a lot of people seek out the artwork later on and just have an empty box thumbnail popup when an album plays on their computer, phone, or mp3 player.

    "There is just something special about a tangible album that is difficult to substitute."

    I recently went to Twist & Shout, a Denver area music store, for the first time in years; I used to frequent this record store years ago when I was still really into buying CDs. I stopped in on a whim and while looking through the racks of CDs, I saw a lot of albums I own (that I had purchased from the Internet) that I had never really seen in person – a lot of them had specialized embossing or interactive elements, which you can never tell by your square thumbnail version in iTunes.

    If albums don’t matter anymore, does design still have a role the music industry? Of course.

    Good design will always have a role, even if it changes

    Sure, design alone can’t save the music industry. The music plays the major role in this. An artist’s music still needs to be something that people want to listen to and pay for, as well as potentially  see in concert. Nowadays it seems artists are making the bulk of their money from concert sales and related products anyway.

    Tangible albums may not matter as much any more, but good design still has an important role for artists.

    Designers can influence the purchases of t-shirts, posters, tote bags and other merchandise at band’s shows and online, for sure. So maybe the wave of the future is well-designed tickets, and the continuation of awesome swag

    Originally from: http://themetaq.com/articles/can-the-music-industry-be-saved-by-good-design

    What do you think? Can good design save the music industry?

  10. I came third in a @digital_arts contest !!!!! YAY!!!!!! :) http://shar.es/6Kv1W