Favorite Axis of Eva Projects
Title:Digipak and CD-screen design
Description: “On the Mend” is the debut release from Americana artist, Brian Spence. The album is full of incredibly honest songwriting. Honesty almost always means pain. Pain to find it and painful while you mend from the truth. Brian’s album immediately reminded me of stitches. Stitches going in, stitches coming out and sometimes just stitches unraveling. We kept the pastoral photo of the sea for the cover.The image was Brian’s choice and spoke to him and his concept. I used the interior to tie a visual analogy between the sun rays to the radial made of sewing needles. I also “unraveled” the type on the disk and on the interior titles. While the rest of the typography is formal, to me the strength of this debut, experimental for Brian and I, is in the concept and the visual analogies. I look forward to working with Brian again so we can explore more thoughtful journeys.
Title:Digipak and CD-screen design
Description: A proper francophile Angela Easterling has diligently studied the french language for years. This is her french music debut, fulfilling a dream of hers several years in the making! The cover photo by Jen Holloway set the tone, particularly the fab blue wool coat. Something about it looks positively French Chic. Paired with a ghost of old love letters from her grandfather W. Harold Hammett from decades before, vintage art noveau print ornaments, and 1/2 of a sunset view taken with my 1939 stereo camera, together do a lovely design make.
Title:Business Card Design
Description: Anya is a gifted Pianist. Classically trained she performs often in Los Angeles, teaches and has even instructed a few students in the Russian language which she is fluent in. Most recently she garnered a co-producing credit on international piano sensation Carter Larsen’s new album. Anya and I talked at length about this first step into her rebrand. Many of the key points that kept surfacing were location centric. The two most notable of those being her Russian Homeland and her newly adopted home for over 10 years, Los Angeles. I introduced Anya to the work of the work of several Russian avant garde visual artists and she was immediately drawn to the work of one of my personal favorites El Lissitzky. To that end I paid homage with color and dynamism to El in the typographic treatments for her name including the symbolism/design of the black and white keys, staff on the front, and the emerging piano on the back. At the same time I incorporated decidedly modern allusions to LA culture. From the (in this case sea birds) birds taking flight, which are often associated with the freedom/soaring nature of music, to the warm toned distressed paper. Also of note is the typeset for the phone number, echoing a far east sentiment. Which certainly may sound incongruous, until you recall we are echoing the spirit of life in Los Angeles which is hyper-focused on practices like yoga and eastern spirituality both of which Anya takes an interest in. The birds on the back and the paper texture equally tie into this sentiment. At the end I hope we have achieved a cultural lenticular of sorts between homage to Anya’s Russian homeland and pursuit of of a new kind of creative life here on the west coast. Typefaces include Greg Hutchinson’s Badloc and Univers designed by Frutiger. I’m aware that both post date El Lissitzky by a fair margin. I feel confident he would have found badloc interesting despite the novelty as it’s meant to be more a graphic element here. Now the mechanical numbering system of Univers, that I’m certain would have been right up his alley. In any case it’s a nod to El and I hope the choices are interpreted as such.
Title:2010 Business Card
Description: Standard size Business Card Matte coverstock 1 color
Standard size business card design for musician Darrin Stafford. Darrin and I have worked together on many iterations of this card over the years. It’s always been a favorite of mine. There are so many nuanced details. The barcode scans to Darrin’s birthday. The image in the lower left is repurposed from an old mid-century electronics magazine, we like the decidely sci-fi binoculars he’s looking up with to Darrin’s name. The type design itself is an homage to the the constructivists. Unexpected elements fuse, and reverberate a singular message, much like Darrin’s music. Jazz roots, soul undercurrents with just enough pop to keep the fizz. Speaking to that, note the bubbles which are a play on this particular sentiment.