Archive for April, 2012

Date: April 29th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

SIDE33 | club night

The next club night will be in a little over a month, at På Besök as usual. The guest this time is my friend Erik Kilsberger, who will be playing some of the records he’s bought (but can’t play at home!) since he moved to Malmö. I will be playing new purchases too, and all the great new records I haven’t been able to afford to get yet.

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Date: April 29th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Unika cheese

Last weekend the new exclusive Danish cheese brand Unika was launched with the opening of a store in Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne, an upmarket foodcourt. The 8 cheeses were developed by Arla in cooperation with some of the country’s finest chefs. The identity and store are designed by Kontrapunkt, and I was working on this in the early stages. Out of the projects I have been involved with so far at Kontrapunkt, this one is the first to go public. I visited the new store yesterday, and this is what it looked like right then. I also took the opportunity to buy a piece of my favourite out of the cheeses I’ve tried so far, called Troldhede Ask (Ash).

Date: April 27th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Careers day

Old school poster for careers day at Department of Cultural Sciences at Lund University, co-hosted by Galleri Pictura. I don’t think anyone will remember to write down the rsvp email address, but it was fun designing this piece of print. It’s on the 9th of May if anyone wants to go.

Date: April 22nd, 2012
Cate: new releases
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The Rookies | Things Ever Said

Italy’s premier garage group (now that The Others and Head & the Hares aren’t around anymore) goes from success to success. After a performance at Primavera Beat together with the legendary Ronnie Splinter (at which they blasted out several Outsiders classics, check youtube), they now return with their second longplayer. Their first album Out of Fashion came out on Misty Lane sister label Teen Sound back in 2005 and was a great mix of orignals and covers of obscurities like “One Time Around” by Dalton, James & Sutton and “I’ve Waited So Long” by The Outsiders’ countrymen The Motions.

On the new album they’ve eschewed the covers in favour of 12 strong originals. And let’s say they’ve had plenty of time to fill out the tracklisting, even though the album was finished over a year ago. Seemingly, finding a label has been tough, and the LP has now finally been pressed on a newly established Other Eyes Records. I assume it’s their own label, since the other planned release is the next album by Simone Modicamore’s other group Warm Morning. My favourite on Things Ever Said is still the folk-rock track “Another Rainy Morning” that I heard online after it was recorded and mixed. But as a whole the album steers away from the more hard-hitting garage of the debut and sees a development of the group’s moody beat side, which definitely stems from a Dutch influence. I can’t remember now if the first album was recorded at Circo Perotti (it certainly sounded like it), but this record has quite a different sound, clearer and not so loudly mixed. Other standouts are the psychedelic “Midnight Woman”, the jangly “As Days Go By” and the agitated “Can’t Waste My Time”. Another influence I know they have is The Kinks, and I can hear faint echoes of “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” in “On My Own”. The Rookies prove here that their own material is strong enough to support a whole record, which is a claim not many contemporary garage groups can make.

Date: April 19th, 2012
Cate: web

Keeping track

I just started using Daytum to keep track of my record buying, so I don’t let cost run away. I have been doing this anyway in Excel, but it’s cool give it some more visual appeal. For those not familiar with Daytum, it’s a simple and genial interface (and iPhone app) for keeping statistics. The design consist of dynamic displays one can create, tweak and move around freely. One of the designers Nicholas Felton is among the most well-known of the past decade and is now on Facebook’s payroll. There’ll be more about his Feltron personal annual reports in another post.

Date: April 18th, 2012
Cate: graphic design
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IL Magazine

IL stands for Intelligence in Lifestyle and is a weekly supplement to Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. This is the new design created by Christian Schwartz (masthead) and Francesco Franchi. This particular cover amazes me, and made me look up more about Franchi. He has a firm interest in infographics (always good – he’s even included in the recent Taschen book on the subject) and he has a very interesting thesis from his Masters in industrial design. The project was called RE-Designer, and is about newspaper design. It hasn’t been published commercially yet, but you can see most of it on his flickr.

It makes the assumption that in this context, the designer can have a significant role due to its characteristics of multidisciplinarity, empathy and creativity, features that are functional to the development of the capacity in order to understand the reality-society-complexity and for the success of a good project to redesign; understood not as re-drawing, but as re-design and re-thinking.

Here is more work by Franchi, a poster for a an exhibition organised by the Spanish chaper of the SND (Society for News Design). If you can read Italian, you should also check out this typographic map of the production of a newspaper.

Date: April 16th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Working For the Summer

I will be staying at Kontrapunkt until the summer holiday. I have had an excellent time so far and I look forward to being able to share some of the projects I have been working on. In the meantime, here’s a new identity for Koda (the Danish equivalent to Sweden’s STIM) that just went public. Read more here.

Date: April 15th, 2012
Cate: new releases

The Monochrome Set | Platinum Coils

The Monochrome have returned with their first album since 1995’s Trinity Road. Why is that, you might ask yourself? Singer and principal songwriter Bid had been busy recording and touring with Scarlet’s Well, but with an extensive tour already planned he suffered a hemorrhage in 2010 and spent a long time recovering in hospital. It was then he decided to instead concentrate his energy on the band that had made him a cult figure, and inspired many other groups since the 80’s. That band was The Monchrome Set, who decided to reform and take Scarlet’s Well’s place for the now rescheduled tour. While in hospital, Bid had already started writing for a new album which was recorded at the start of this year and released on their own revived Disquo Bleu label (the name was first used in 1979 to release an alternate version of their first single “He’s Frank” on Rough Trade).

The literal reference Platinum Coils makes to brain treatment sets the tone for most the album, which approaches the subject in both touching and humorous ways. Classic MS subject matter and style is obviously apparent in e.g. “Hip Kitten Spinning” and “Les Cowboys”. Some tracks seem equally suited to the more lilting Scarlet’s Well sound, e.g. “Cauchemar” and “Can’t Control My Feet” (in which Bid manages to rewrite “Concrete & Clay”). While the songwriting is strong as always, I feel some of the tracks suffer from the rather flat mixing that also made the 90’s Monochrome Set albums lose some of their punch. Lester Square is on fine form, and without caricaturing himself delivers his trademark sound and playing style. My favourite track “Waiting For Alberto” brings to mind the greatness of “Espresso” and the group’s Dindisc era. Hear it in the latest podcast. The album is available from Rough Trade and the official site, on cd only.

Date: April 15th, 2012
Cate: new releases

King Tuff | Wild Desire 7″

My favourite single of the year so far came out a couple weeks ago on Suicide Squeeze, and it’s already sold out. The return of King Tuff after having directed his attention to Happy Birthday cannot be anything other than welcome. The new single is his best composition yet and sees him channelling The Who or perhaps even Springsteen. The b-side “Hole In My Head” is not far from the same greatness. Look out for the 2nd album on Happy Birthday’s label Sub Pop next month, it looks like this.

Date: April 13th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Levi Mandel | Lemonade

Toda our flatmate Levi Mandel’s first show in Sweden opens at Galleri Gordon. Levi is an artist working mainly with photography, and most of his work done in Sweden will be on display in the exhibition Lemonade, which runs until the end of the month. He’s been in Sweden since January, studying at Malmö Art Academy, and is going back to New York next month.