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Grand Designs – Graphic designers showcase – Rock Sound – pt2

This is the 2nd part of my latest post about the graphic designers in the music industry, if there is one thing that i have learned from reading these articles it is that you have to have a real passion for art and the history of art and culture to generate some of greatest ideas and designs.

Again i cant take any credit for these interviews and i strongly suggest you take a look at Rock Sound Magazine who interviewed these designers, and interview a new designer each month in the magazine.

Feel free to download the PDF files of the interviews that ive scanned in and im sure you will find it interesting and Knowledgeable as an insight in to what motivates these designers.

Download all PDF Interviews:

Grand Designs – Set 2 [Size 6.8mb]

Brian Ewing

Worked for bands such as Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Brand New, The Bouncing Souls, Converge, Elliot Smith, Fall Out Boy, Lifetime, Motion City Soundtrack, My Chemical Romance, Neurosis, Yeah Yeah Yeah and more.

Design wizard Brian Ewing takes a break from caffeine binge to tell Rock Sound about povery, porn and thinking like a 15 year ol boy.

Article Information

  • Web: brianewing.com
  • Interviewer: Rachel Kellehar
  • Rock Sound Issue: 106
  • Download PDF Interview: issue-106 [Right Click - Save As]

Interview Questions

  1. How did you get into design and illustration?
  2. Do you think a formal art education is necessary to become a designer?
  3. Are you self-employed?
  4. You seem obsessed with images of death, and fictional characters such as zombies and angels. What attracts you to those images?
  5. How did you get involved with the warped tour as their principle designer?
  6. How much artistic freedom are you granted?
  7. Have you ever gone on tour with the warped bands?
  8. Is there much interaction between you and the bands you design for?
  9. What programmes and tools do you work with?
  10. Whats the weirdest dseign brief youve ever been given?

Adam Wentworth

Worked for bands such as The Red Chord, Bloodhorse, Forced, In Theory, Lamb of God, Quips, Coheed and Cambria, Underoath, My Chemical Romance and more

Rock Sound meets freelance designer and bloodhorse guitarist Adam Wentworth to discuss how music and design are inherently intertwined.

Adam Wentworth

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Interview Questions

  1. What first Drew you towards art and design as a career?
  2. Do you think the internet has had an effect on the role of the record sleeve?
  3. Do you do all the artwork for your current band bloodhorse?
  4. When youre designing for other bands does the level of interaction between the band and yourself vary? for example, with the 12-inch picture disc you did for lamb of God?
  5. Is it quite different designing merchandise for bands?
  6. Iconography of a record sleeve?
  7. Do you have to stick to a bands prescribed style when designing merchandise?
  8. Describe your working process; are there any designers or artists you would say have influenced you?
  9. Whats your favourite piece of design?
  10. What advice do you have for aspiring illustrators and designers?

Jacob Bannon

Worked for bands such as Converge, Trap Them, Blacklisted, The Hope Conspiracy, As I Lay Dying, Modern Life Is War, Cave In, Curesed and more.

When hes not working on music Jocob Bannon is locked away working on his art. Rock Sound thought it was time to find out how the highly respected man of all crafts fits everything in.

Jacob Bannon

Article Information

  • Web: jacobbannon.com
  • Interviewer: Joe Watson
  • Rock Sound Issue: 111
  • Download PDF Interview: issue-111 [Right Click - Save As]

Interview Questions

  1. jacobbannon.com recently went online, was it a positive experience sifting through all of your old work and seeing how youve progressed as an artist or was it a web designers nightmare due to the volume of material?
  2. On the same subject, is there an early piece of work that you wish you could do again?
  3. With every converge release your accompanying artwork is almost as anticipated as the music; youve used work by derek hess and florian bertmer in the past, but not recently. Could you see anyone else taking on the duties in the future and whom would you feel safe handing it down to?
  4. You appear to have a great love and understanding of art history, which is important. Do you think that the current wave of designers are neglecting the past masters in favour of a copy of photoshop and set of splatter brushes?
  5. Do you ever regret sacrificing all of your time with design work, converge and deathwish inc, which is essentially for the benefit of other people, or is a regimented nine-to-five life style out of the queston for you?
  6. Its safe to say that youre a big inspiration for alot of artists. Do you feel flattered or angered when you see a piece of work that is obviously copying your your work or style?
  7. The cover of ‘Jane Doe’ has to be one of the most talked about hardcore covers of this decade and it has spawned hundreds of tatoos on fans. How does it make you feel to see something that youve created on someones body?
  8. You primarilly design for the heavy music community. Is it because that was the music that inspired you when you were first starting out, or is it because no other music genre inspires you to create the kind of visuals you are renowned for?

Dave House

Worked for bands such as Les Savy Fav, Enon, Paul Frank and more.

Rock Sound meets Les Savy Favs enigmatic frontman Tim Harrington to discuss art, illustration and the perils of being a ‘design whore’.

Dave House

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Interview Questions

  1. Did you design all the record sleeves for Les Savy Fav?
  2. Youve also designed for Enon as well. Did you do all of their sleeves?
  3. What are your favourite record sleeve designs?
  4. The ‘Inches’ Sleeve has a pretty interesting history, right?
  5. Your style is pretty diverse. Whats your favourite style or medium to work with?
  6. Regarding deadly squire, what is it about organic patterns that fascinate you?
  7. What advice do you have for young designers?

Stephen O’Malley

Worked for bands such as Earth, Sunn, Zyklon, Probot, Glorior Belli, Emperor, Ascend, Khanate, Boris, Southern Lord, Misanthropy Records and more

Steadfastly opposed to quick-fix design and photoshop botch jobs, legendary artist, Stephen O’Malley tells Rock Sound just how important a of expertise can be.

Stephen O'Malley

Article Information

  • Web: ideologic.org
  • Interviewer: Darren Taylor
  • Rock Sound Issue: 109
  • Download PDF Interview: issue-109 [Right Click - Save As]

Interview Questions

  1. What inspires you in your design work?
  2. How much interaction is there between yourself and the band youre creating artwork for?
  3. Have you ever done a piece of art for a band and theyve not liked it?
  4. I think alot of bands blow all their money on recording and forget about the artwork, which, in my opinion, is just as important for a record. Would you agree?
  5. Wahts the key to good typography then?
  6. So what advice would you give to aspiring young designers?
  7. What are you working on at the moment?

Storm Thorgerson

Worked for bands such as Biffy Clyro, Muse, The Cranberries, Audio Slave, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Mars Volta and more

Rock Sound meets the Godfather of record sleeve design, to discuss his seemingly inate ability to produce timelessly iconic imagery.

Storm Thorgerson

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Interview Questions

  1. How did you get into designing record sleeves?
  2. What do you think is the most important element to focus on when desiging for a band?
  3. What is your preferred media?
  4. How do you feel the internet has impacted upon the role of the record sleeve in modern day society?
  5. Will downloading spell the end the need for covers?
  6. Do you have a favourite sleeve among your own designs?
  7. What is the most surreal thing that youve ever done or created for a photoshoot?
  8. Your images are much admired for their pervasive sense of emotional and narrative depth. Is this your main goal?
  9. Do you have any advice for designers who wish to get in to design for the music industry?
  10. Do you do it for the love of it?

Download all PDF Interviews:

Grand Designs – Set 2 [Size 6.8mb]

I hope these posts have provided you with some good reading material that you may have not seen before due to not knowing about or reading Rock Sound magazine.




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