Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut is a Spanish artist and illustrator, graphic designer and master typographer.  He currently lives in Brooklyn. Across the world Alex is well known because of his excellence and creativity in his two great passions-typography and illustration. He works at times solely with formal beauty and pure aesthetic pleasure more than content.

Trochut’s work has been included in famous publications such as Beautiful /Decay, Computer Arts and The Guardian. He received the Certificate of Excellence in Typography from the Type Directors Club of New York in 2005.

He is influenced by the great masters of graphic design- Herb Lubalin, Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand. Artists like Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are also favourites of Trochut.

Trochut flips minimalism on its side. His work is rich with elegant, beautifully detailed executions that convey indulgence and control. Renowned for his technically exquisite type creations and designs, Trochut attributes his special connection with typography to his Grandfather Joan Trochut- a typographer and creator of a modular typographic system in the 40s.

Alex has worked across disciplines to create design solutions tailored to each client. As a designer, Alex focuses on the potential of language as a visual medium where text and image become one unified expression.

Alex’s music clients include The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Caribou, James Murphy, Four Tet, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, Manel, Damian Lazarus, Acid Pauli, Lucy, Rebolledo, Ellen Alien, Moderat and Alagoas.

Links:

 

http://www.designboom.com/design/alex-trochut-interview-12-23-2013/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Trochut

http://alextrochut.com/about/

https://www.behance.net/trochut

https://www.instagram.com/trochut/?hl=en

http://adcglobal.org/typography-spotlight-alex-trochut/

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Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson

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Born on February 28, 1944, in Potters Bar, Middlesex, Storm Elvin Thorgerson was descended from Norwegian ancestors. He went on to study at the University of Leicester and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors, majoring in English and Philosophy. He then enrolled at the Royal College of Art, where he studied Film and Television and received a Master of Arts degree in the subject.

Thorgerson began his professional career with the foundation of graphic art group Hipgnosis, with his partner Aubrey Powell in 1968. The art group was concerned with designing music record covers. The ending of Hipgnosis (1987) was followed by the foundation of Greenback Films by Thorgerson and Powell, filming music videos. Another business venture was launched in early 1990s with the establishment of StormStudios in collaboration with Peter Curzon and a group of freelancers. His work associates took up the responsibility of photography, designing, illustration, creative retouching and prints.

One of the most popular graphic works of Thorgerson includes his album cover for Pink Floyd’s album, The Dark Side of the Moon. It has been declared one of the best album covers of all times designed by him and drawn by George Hardie. He designed sixteen out of ninteen album covers for Pink Floyd. Most of Thorgerson’s designs included surreal elements which lent a unique quality to his work.

His craft often presented object outside their original context, often wide space placed within them which appeared odd on the surface but held beauty to the design, on the whole. According to Thorgerson photography has an element of reality to it unlike drawing, thus his works project a twist in reality and ask of its viewers whether it is real or not. Thorgerson avoided computer manipulation in favour of building massive sets and tableaus, staging performances and actions and “doing it for real” in what he called “mind movies” and “photo paintings”.

“I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality, to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?”

Thorgerson suffered from a stroke in 2003, which left him partially paralyzed and was later diagnosed with cancer. In 2013 he passed away at 69.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Thorgerson

http://www.stormstudiosdesign.com/#/203933/2445330/view/

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/apr/19/storm-thorgerson-pink-floyd-final-secret

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/storm-thorgerson-pink-floyd-album-art-designer-dead-at-69-20130418

http://www.artrepublic.com/biographies/61-storm-thorgerson.html

http://www.famousgraphicdesigners.org/storm-thorgerson

Stanley Donwood

 

Visuals and music have the ability to communicate textures, senses, and ideas. Often music can alter the tone of an image (as evident in film), and when put together can heighten the sense of a composition.

Album covers serve both as the identity of the audio experience, and something to evoke the memories of the music (occasionally an entire culture).

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Stanley Donwood is most notable for his role in producing the album covers for the band Radiohead, establishing a consistent tone across all the covers since their second album ‘the bends’ in 1994. The creative process of Donwood’s covers involve a close collaboration with the composers of the music themselves, positioning himself amongst the band as they create the album. Donwood will have aspects of the album etched into his mind due to the heavy repetition of music, lending to an understanding of the themes behind the album, of which a visual will grow from “It sounds to me like they’re playing the same bit of music again and again and again for several days but they’re not, they’re testing it… I find their music is very visual.” He believes it’s important to create a cover that replicates the essence of the band.

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The work Donwood creates for Radiohead often depicts a very synthetic, yet organic nature. Which when accompanied with the sounds of the album, aid one another in feeling like a complete piece of work, joining together to create somewhat of a striking creation.

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Bibliography

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/10-things-you-should-know-about-radiohead-artist-stanley-donwood-20150529-ghcz91.html

http://www.overheadcompartment.org/the-vibrant-work-of-stanley-donwood-the-artist-behind-the-album-cover-for-radioheads-hail-to-the-thief/

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/stanley-donwood-on-the-stories-behind-his-radiohead-album-covers

http://theconversation.com/stanley-donwood-radiohead-and-the-power-of-musical-artwork-41683

http://www.outregallery.com/collections/stanley-donwood

http://www.editionfifty.com/stanleydonwood/

Sanna Annukka

 

 

Sanna Annukka’s work has an intriguing and distinctive flair that combines traditional imagery, with modern design to create her signature style. Annukka’s designs are rooted in historical imagery and echo the joys of the Finnish culture to the public, and her design essence can be traced back to the delights of her youth.  She spent many childhood summers camping in the wilderness in her mother’s home village of Paltaniemi in Northern Finland, picking berries and fishing for wild salmon. Having spent some time living with her grandmother in her old wooden house, and helping on the family farm, Finland became Sanna’s spiritual home. Her love of the Finnish landscape and culture of the north was shaped by these early experiences, and her work draws on the magical quality of this special, wild part of the world.

A graduate of the University of Brighton, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in illustration. Shortly after graduating she began selling silk screen prints of her artwork in a small London shop. Her work caught the eye of the British band Keane, who featured her artwork for the cover of their second album, and have used Annukka’s illustrations and designs exclusively for their album cover art since 2006. Pattern, decoration and mythology are recurring features in her music designs for Keane. Sanna also draws a lot of her aesthetics from Scandinavian art of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Her work often reminds fans of Indian and Oriental storytelling inspirations such as the Mahabharata, as well as Chinese shadow theater.

In an interview regarding her album work with Keane, Annukka says: “I felt it to be quite a responsibility. Hopefully the artwork relates well to the album. I gained a lot of inspiration from the lyrics. All my illustrations are representational; they aim to capture the mood of the song.” Using a combination of illustration, silkscreens and Photoshop, Annukka’s work for Keane is remnant of Finnish Folklore and Scandinavian 1950’s design. It’s endearing imagery and use of colour transports its admirers to a magical time and place, successfully melding auditory and visual imagery.

http://www.sanna-annukka.com/biography.php

http://www.finnstyle.com/marimekko-sanna-annukka.html

https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/goga/2008/03/27/sanna-annukka-old-world-style-for-a-digital-age/

http://www.littlelewes.com/2014/06/10/celebrating-the-sunshine-with-some-sanna-annukka/

http://www.bigactive.com/artists/sanna-annukka/

http://www.keanemusic.com/archive-comment.php?id=1042

Peter Max

Peter Max has inspired Americans and the world for more than four decades. His one-man museum exhibitions have had record-breaking attendance while also demonstrating how fine art can extend beyond museum walls and enrich non-traditional media, such as a Continental Airlines super jet and a 600 ft. Woodstock stage.

One of the most famous of all living artist’s,Peter Max is also a pop culture icon. His bold colors, uplifting images and an uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and has inspired many generations.

Just as Max felt the oncoming impact of the ‘60s underground Cultural Revolution, he also saw the print industry expanding with four-color web presses. To Peter, this print media explosion meant one thing— he could turn his original art works into posters and share them with the youth of America.

A new world of possibilities opened for Max. He created color combinations right on the printing press, utilizing a “split fountain” technique that enabled him to blend colors as they were going through the ink rollers. He lyrically described the process as playing a printing press like an electric piano.

Max’s signature style of cosmic characters, meticulously painted against bold, vibrant colors, were among the most influential graphic sources of the 1960s. Capturing the zeitgeist of the era, Max’s art was often cited by journalists and art critics as the visual counterpart to the music of The Beatles

Peter Max has painted for six U.S. Presidents and his art is on display in Presidential Libraries and in U.S. Embassies.Max has painted our Lady Liberty annually since America’s Bicentennial and in 2000 a collage of his Liberties adorned over 145 million Verizon phone books.

He was named an official artist of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He has also been Official Artist of 5 Super Bowls, World Cup USA, The World Series, The U.S. Open, The Indy 500, The NYC Marathon and The Kentucky Derbyhas.

http://www.petermax.com/

http://www.artnet.com/artists/peter-max/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Max

https://www.parkwestgallery.com/artist/peter-max

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=peter+max&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjm99vc7eTLAhWndKYKHRQyA8sQ_AUIBygB&biw=1920&bih=934

https://www.artbrokerage.com/Peter-Max