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Learning How to Be a More Inefficient Designer with The Made Shop

We’re speaking in Los Angeles at Adobe Max this year. It’s gonna be a fun one, I think. Come check us out if you’re attending — we’ve got all sorts of ideas for working slower, introducing friction, indecision, and waste into the design process.

We’ll explore a number of ways to misspend time and energy, make things the hard way, un-automate simple procedures, and consistently produce downright inefficient design.

It’ll be great!

See you soon, Adobe MAX

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I’ll be presenting a panel with Marke and The Made Shop at this years Adobe MAX conference (read about our work here). This should be quite a cool panel!

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A few slides presented with absolutely no context from our upcoming Made Shop presentation “Handmade Digital” at Adobe MAX.

If you’re interested in coming to the conference and haven’t signed up yet, we’ve got a promo code MXSM13 that will save you $300.

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I’d assume the majority of you who follow my tumblr are most familiar with my film music, but I also do a lot of design and conceptual work with my family at The Made Shop. This year we’ll be speaking at the upcoming Adobe MAX creativity conference in Los Angeles about our approach to physical design (much of which overlaps with the way I approach making music for movies).

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Hey!

The Made Shop is speaking at this year’s Adobe Max conference in L.A.

Our talk is called “Handmade Digital” and we’ll be talking about a number of recent projects we’ve done using large-scale physical construction of graphic and typographic elements. Should be an interesting conversation. If you’re attending the conference or know anyone who is we’d love to have you!

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Designing the SkyMall Logo…
(or: a conversation I have with myself every time I fly for the entire flight)
Okay, so let’s make it a simple wordmark, but stacked on itself. Okay, cool — so we should probably do it all uppercase if we’re stacking it with some white space between th—… Oh, okay, you want it stacked directly on… ok. But if we do that, it might look a bit weird. What? You’re sure you also want it lowercase? Because the lower-case ‘y’ has a descender that will—… Just make the ‘Y’ capital? Really, because, then you, uh, have a capital ‘S’ and ‘Y’ but the ‘k’ is lowercase which—… No one will notice? Okay. The thing is now the bottom of the Y is sorta landing on top of the two ‘l’s in Mall. Just move the ‘l’s over to the right? Alright, the thing is, that uh sort of leaves the ‘a’ just sitting there alone with really weird loose kerning? It’s fine? And you’re sure it doesn’t bother you how the ‘S’ sorta merges with one side of the ‘M’ making it into a vertical ligature, but the ‘k’ sorta checkerboards against the other side of the ‘M’? No?
Alright, so you’re good with this?
Great!

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Designing the SkyMall Logo…

(or: a conversation I have with myself every time I fly for the entire flight)

Okay, so let’s make it a simple wordmark, but stacked on itself. Okay, cool — so we should probably do it all uppercase if we’re stacking it with some white space between th—… Oh, okay, you want it stacked directly on… ok. But if we do that, it might look a bit weird. What? You’re sure you also want it lowercase? Because the lower-case ‘y’ has a descender that will—… Just make the ‘Y’ capital? Really, because, then you, uh, have a capital ‘S’ and ‘Y’ but the ‘k’ is lowercase which—… No one will notice? Okay. The thing is now the bottom of the Y is sorta landing on top of the two ‘l’s in Mall. Just move the ‘l’s over to the right? Alright, the thing is, that uh sort of leaves the ‘a’ just sitting there alone with really weird loose kerning? It’s fine? And you’re sure it doesn’t bother you how the ‘S’ sorta merges with one side of the ‘M’ making it into a vertical ligature, but the ‘k’ sorta checkerboards against the other side of the ‘M’? No?

Alright, so you’re good with this?

Great!

I mentioned earlier that our buddies in The Fray are opening for U2 this Saturday and I’ve decided to post a few (previously unseen) images from our cover shoots during the lead-up to this weekend.
This shot depicts Marke and me in the final stages of setting up the cover photo for the single “Never Say Never” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. The buzz of neon and fluorescent tubes feels pretty amazing in the middle of a forest.
I’m always so excited to work on band projects like this because it is pretty much the equivalent of getting funded to make crazy art projects.

I mentioned earlier that our buddies in The Fray are opening for U2 this Saturday and I’ve decided to post a few (previously unseen) images from our cover shoots during the lead-up to this weekend.

This shot depicts Marke and me in the final stages of setting up the cover photo for the single “Never Say Never” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. The buzz of neon and fluorescent tubes feels pretty amazing in the middle of a forest.

I’m always so excited to work on band projects like this because it is pretty much the equivalent of getting funded to make crazy art projects.

This morning, for some reason, I stumbled onto Zach’s amazing batch of letters which he wrote to Vilhelmina during The Cinematic Underground tour. These letters were written in place of a band blog, but in them, you can trace a lot of what happened during that time (band fights, crappy shows, personal introductions, our vegetable-oil bus, and Zach’s ramblings, which are always a good time).
I had forgotten about this documentation of Marke playing Karma Police, almost 5 years before Jared’s wonderful account of a similar event. Sometimes lightning does strike twice.

This morning, for some reason, I stumbled onto Zach’s amazing batch of letters which he wrote to Vilhelmina during The Cinematic Underground tour. These letters were written in place of a band blog, but in them, you can trace a lot of what happened during that time (band fights, crappy shows, personal introductions, our vegetable-oil bus, and Zach’s ramblings, which are always a good time).

I had forgotten about this documentation of Marke playing Karma Police, almost 5 years before Jared’s wonderful account of a similar event. Sometimes lightning does strike twice.

The Brothers Bloom original soundtrack album Artwork
I was looking through the Bloom stuff to find something today and realized I had forgotten what an amazing job Marke did on the artwork and layout. Sometimes we work together on different album projects, but since this was my own album, I basically just hired him and turned him loose. The result is a beautiful 18 page digital booklet that comes free with the album if you buy it on iTunes.
It’s a shame we haven’t figured out a better way to view digital album art, and I realized that a lot of people who like The Brothers Bloom have probably never seen this stuff. A couple other pages here.

The Brothers Bloom original soundtrack album Artwork

I was looking through the Bloom stuff to find something today and realized I had forgotten what an amazing job Marke did on the artwork and layout. Sometimes we work together on different album projects, but since this was my own album, I basically just hired him and turned him loose. The result is a beautiful 18 page digital booklet that comes free with the album if you buy it on iTunes.

It’s a shame we haven’t figured out a better way to view digital album art, and I realized that a lot of people who like The Brothers Bloom have probably never seen this stuff. A couple other pages here.

Broke* trailer

So, my friend Will Gray has been working on a documentary about his journey through the current state of the music business and it will be premiering at the Nashville film festival next month. A lot of friends/bands are featured in the movie (including an appearance by yours truly). Mr. Marke at The Made Shop did the website (along with some really cool limited edition prints). In short, this is a really cool, homegrown project made by some good friends and great artists, so if you’re near Nashville on April 20th, come check it out.

If you’re not near Nashville, just check it out by clicking here!