The New Collisions

Recent CD Projects | Thursday, August 27th, 2009

It may seem like we missed Blog Day Wednesday®, but it only seems that way. You see, we’re just so crazy busy, that we’re operating on our own time-line. One of the projects that’s keeping us moving is the debut EP from The New Collisions, titled “Invisible Embraces.” They’re based out of Boston, but poised to break out in a big way, if a recent tour opening for Blondie and The B-52’s is any indication. They have an extremely well refined New Wave sound, and it was a lot of fun to work on a project with a bit of a different aesthetic. It also helped to have fantastic photography to work with from studio favorite Liz Linder.

The New Collisions "Invisible Embraces" cover

The New Collisions "Invisible Embraces" back cover

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Signing out

Don't Take This Too Seriously | Friday, August 21st, 2009

Well, my time here as summer intern is finally up, and thank goodness for that. It’s been terrible.

I came here because I quite enjoy the therapeutic acts of filing papers, scanning stuff, taking phone calls, getting coffee, and reformatting images for the web, but I I’ve had almost zero of that.  It’s like they’ve been giving me the tasks of a fifth employee, but with the zero-accountability of an innocent naive intern in case I screw up–How dare they assume I enjoy things that are the best of both worlds?

I quickly realized the hell I had gotten myself into, but it was too late. It’s been one agonizing day after another of new experiences, working on too many projects to count for a sickeningly eclectic mix of clients, breaking out into random toy ball throwing wars inside the office, then throwing the effing football around outside in the afternoons, and a whole bunch of making friends for life and bonding and all that poppycock. That might be the worst part: knowing I’m going to be in contact with these fun and talented jerks for years to come. It’s just too much.

And they won’t leave me alone either. What’s with all the personal attention and teaching and helping? I didn’t ask for all this new knowledge. I’ve learned more about graphic design this summer than I did during my entire four years in college. I can’t handle such a productive pace. The only thing that’s gotten me through these final grueling weeks have been the warm prospect of getting back to having no job at all. All of the non-stop laughter and friendship is exhausting.

Oh yeah, and thanks a lot ABC for screwing up my portfolio. Now I have to go back in and replace all those student projects with all this real work for interesting clients. Here’s a bunch of bull**** logos I did during my stint here:

mikelogos

I’m sweating with frustration, so I gotta sign off for good now and drag myself over to the round table to have another long leisurely group lunch where I have to constantly worry about carefully timing my sips between the barrage of jokes and fun. No man should have to eat in fear like that.

Freedom from this place is only a few hours away, but I’ll never be able to forget this experience.

PS: Hit me up at mikemake.com

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Logo Lounge 5

Hey, We're Published,Recent Logo Projects | Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

As promised, check out the details on Logo Lounge 5 book. We’re honored to have our logos published in the latest book of this top-quality series. If you’re interested, you check see more about the book and buy it here.

(Also note that nobody has won the shirt contest from last week. Is it really so hard to just guess a number?)

Logo Lounge 5 cover

Empire logo

Transistor TV logo

ReMod Media logo

the wild sea logo

slingbeat log

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Winner, Winner, Walkie-Talkie!

Don't Take This Too Seriously,New Merch Design | Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

We’ll keep this contest simple, answer the following question. How many of our logos have been tattood on clients? Now take that number and add it to the number of Alphabet Arm’rs who have tattoos themselves. Show your work for credit. One lucky winner will be the owner of a new “Communication is Key” shirt.

Previous winners, employees of the State of Ohio, Contest sponsors, Digimondo, Baby Kitty Advertising, Telepathic USA, and Mediocre Lakes Publishing, and their respective affiliates and members of the immediate families of any employees of those organizations are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.
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Communication is Key

Alphabet Arm Gear,New Merch Design | Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Mobile phones, land lines, fax machines, computer cameras, secret notes, the interwebs, we all need to communicate, we suggest going old school and busting out some sweet walkie talkies.

Being designers by trade, our goal is successful visual communication, one way you could do the same is by proudly wearing this t-shirt we apply named “Communication is Key.” This lovely set of walkie talkies was left in Aaron’s basement when he moved in and he’s been waiting years for the right opportunity to use them. Now you can too. There are lots of adventurous new American Apparel colors too choose from!

ABCWalkeeTalkee_F

ABCWalkeeTalkee_B

ABCWalkeeTalkee_D

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Essential Reading

Hey, We're Published | Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

We mentioned a couple weeks back about some recent books that have showcased our work. Well, we have the hard copies in hand, so we figured that we’d share them with you—starting out with Typography Essentials by Ina Saltz. It’s an honor to be included, and we think the book looks great. Have a look at the work they selected:

Typography Essentials cover

Kay Hanley "Weaponize" album cover

Baggataway logo

Lemon Fresh Kids and Big Honcho Media shirt

The Boston Conservatory "Lucky Duck" poster

Tennessee Hollow and Avoid One Thing logo

nectar logo

MAE shirt

Stay tuned for details from Logo Lounge 5 next week.

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