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Recent CD Projects | Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We’ve spent the last few months designing two EPs and the full length release for Will Dailey (CBS Records). Will is an impressive, award-winning Boston singer/songwriter. He was joined by some very high-profile musicians during the recording of Torrents 1 & 2, including Roger McGuinn, Kay Hanley, Tanya Donelly, Elliott Easton, Tim Brennan and Duke Levine. One of the coolest aspects of the release is that they are presented in CODE, a high-resolution audio standard pioneered by T Bone Burnett.

It was rather liberating for us to develop a specific visual vibe for each release while retaining a continuety throughout all three. We were also fortunate enough to work with the ever talented photographer Liz Linder who supplied us with great visuals to work with.

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The People’s Champion

Press | Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Last month we posted about, our very own, Chris Piascik being selected to compete in the Boston Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament. Well, it happened, on March 14th to be exact. Crowds of people filled the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts to watch 8 designers (for the 2D competition) go head to head in a battle royal. The concept was simple, though ridiculous, design something from scratch, based on a theme, within fifteen minutes. Oh, and do it in front of a huge crowd of people.

Chris was ready for the challenge and made us proud. At the end of the night of he was declared “First Runner Up,” and more importantly, he won the “People’s Choice” award. He’ll always be our champion!

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Photography by Jason Lewis

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Texas Fame!

Press | Monday, March 23rd, 2009

While at SXSW this past week we checked out the always amazing, Flatstock poster exhibition. One of Texas’ local news channels, KVUE, was on the scene. They approached us, asking if they could interview us and then follow us a round a bit. We happily obliged, of course.

You can check out the video [here].

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South By…

Don't Take This Too Seriously,Press | Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

South By South West, as you probably know, is an unstoppable beast of music festival and a monster media event. Aaron and Chris are headed down to Austin, TX to represent Alphabet Arm. They’ll be shaking hands, making connections and rocking out with all sorts of big shots down in the Lone Star State. So if you happen to find yourself at SXSW and you see two tall New Englanders on bikes (pasty white from a long, cold winter) you should say hello. They’re nice dudes and they won’t bite — unless you have tacos.

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The Who, What, Wear

Hey, We're Published | Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We just picked up a copy of the new book from Rockport Publishers, 1000 Garment Graphics, by Jeffrey Everett of El Jefe Design. Jeff is a really nice dude and a great designer, we’re honored to have such a strong presence in his book. There is an excellent selection of work featured by many talented designers + studios, including Ames Bros, Methane Studios, Nate Duval, Mike Giant and Modern Dog.

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The Stars Are Out

Recent CD Projects | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

After having worked with Sarah on her previous release, Diamonds in the Dark, we discovered we work very well together. It’s always quite liberating to have a client really trust your judgement and reasoning for specific design choices. When we began working on concepts for, The Stars Are Out, we decided to take a relatively literal approach to this record allowing the logo to live on the cover but in more of a constellation inspired form. Lacking a great image to use as a base, we stepped out the studio’s back door and took a quick shot of the neighboring buildings for comp purposes. Sarah ended up loving the tone of the photograph and felt it complimented the sound of the record perfectly. We ended up shooting quite a few more images of our neighborhood for the interior booklet after hearing Sarah’s enthusiastic response. Sarah had a number of paintings we integrated into the packaging as well, all in all it was quite a team effort (you’ll have to buy a copy of the record yourself when it’s released on March 24th).

In the meantime you can check out their badass new video here [Do It For Free].

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Sounds We’re Digging: Chris v.6

Sounds We're Digging | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
The Builders and The Butchers – ST
Theophilus London – This Charming Mixtape
M. Ward – Hold Time
Deer Tick – War Elephant

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