2014 Arts & Music Fest

2014-logo

Instead of a small Art & Stroll this year, Paragould began the first annual Arts & Music Festival. I did the branding: logo, posters, flyers, website, tshirts, stickers, brochure…. you name it, I probably did it. Here are just a few items from the 2014 campaign.

amf-poster

The poster with all info.

tshirt

Tshirt design for the $500 giveaway. Buy a ticket to enter the raffle.

Sockweb – Werewolf Album Branding

Sockweb Album Art Werewolf

I was recently asked by The Monolith Records to design a logo and the album cover for the up-and-coming grindcore band, Sockweb’s first album Werewolf.

Sockweb are a father/daughter combo where the daughter is just seven years old. The output is some of the most adorable grindcore ever heard by human ears; Adam “Blackula” Young writes and records the music, as well as supplementary vocals, but Joanie “Bologna” Young provides the primary vocal outlet, and ever since the earlier songs were released her chops have grown increasingly more brutal.

sockweb

I couldn’t help but love these guys from the moment I heard them. It was a fun project and I think the outcome is just as lively.

“It was pretty difficult at first to find the right place to turn to, we wanted to find an artist that would accurately create a tableau that gave credence to the situation of a young girl finding a Werewolf in her room, but that could have been painted by a child. Trying to find a perfect balance between childlike prowess and actual professional artistry is a much harder feat than you would expect, but we were lucky to come into contact with the fantastic and always dependable Mandy Maxwell. This young artist is not only incredibly efficient with her timing and fair with her pricing – she always maintains the utmost professionalism when it comes to communication and is extremely understanding and flexible. I’ve worked with many artists, but it’s always refreshing to find the ones that truly engage with the concept and are unafraid to share their passion with you.”

Sockweb logo design by Mandy Maxwell

Here is a look at the process:

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Eye on Independence Cover Feature

Eye on Independence Cover

My work for the indie film, 45RPM, was featured on the cover of Eye on Independence Magazine for Independence Co. Arkansas. There is also an article and interview with director, Juli Jackson, with more artwork inside. I have lots and lots more artwork to add from the 45RPM project, and will as soon as I can. Hope to see you out for the premiere in a couple of weeks!

Ozark Foothills Film Fest Unveiling Reminder: Tomorrow!

Ozark Foothills Filmfest

Today the official branding I did for the 2012 Ozark Foothills Filmfest went live, you can see it on their website here. The website features the photograph from the poster, and various other background images taken by me. The poster and t-shirt I designed are also featured on the site. Tomorrow, February 21st, I will be in Batesville, AR for the poster unveiling and press announcement. Hope To see you out!

Recent Announcement from FilmFest Headquarters:

Hello, Friends of the Fest.

Just a reminder that this Tuesday, February 21, is the FilmFest schedule release and poster unveiling. It takes place at 11:00 am at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery.

This year’s branding artist, Mandy Maxwell from Paragould, will attend. In addition to providing the original photograph used in this year’s official poster, Mandy also did or helped with all the pieces of this year’s branding campaign, including the website, program cover, and t-shirt. She’s spent countless hours working on our behalf; we’re hoping for a good crowd to reward her efforts.

For those of you who have purchased or indicated that you plan to purchase a Foothills Film Society membership, I will bring most of the members’ posters to the unveiling so that Mandy can sign them, if you’d like her to.

Hope to see you there!

Bob and Judy

The Batesville Area Art Council Gallery is located at 246 E. Main St. in Batesville, AR.

What Makes A Good Designer

Until you care enough about your design that every pixel has a place. Every color is in order. Every font is sized and styled according to it’s hierarchy.

Until you can instantly spot when something is wrong, or out of place. Until you are completely confident in your own work because it stands up to any other designer anywhere. Until you adjust every kern and tweak every line height, for a purpose – to make it right.

Even then, your tastes better be good an your style-smarts better be up to par and current. Design is not just on paper or computer screen, it’s a way of life.

It’s hard to be a good designer. It takes time. Imagination. Problem solving skills. It takes research – every day. It takes obsession. It takes pride. It takes over your life.

But it does not take submission.

A good designer is strong and brave, in their own way. Risks are part of the job. And this job is for life.

Design is my life. My passion. My pride.

Until it consumes you, your no designer. You might make pretty pictures, but not as a designer.

Talent and hard work make a real designer, not words, publicity or fame.