Los Angeles by William Wilkinson
Double Exposure by William Wilkinson.
Henry Miller Cover by Brandon Velestuk
“The book is a story of spiritual awakening. Much of the story surrounds his New York years of struggle with wife June Miller, and the process of finding his voice as a writer.”
I really wanted to avoid the typical cover treatments of many editions of this book. Often sexual or focused around stuffy classic oil paintings, I ran with the concept of the fictional Henry V. Miller going through the process of finding his voice as a writer. To do that, I focused on modernizing traditional orienteering symbols with bright splashes of colour, and loose, chaotic composition.
Mishima Covers by Brandon Velestuk
From time to time I like to spend a couple hours hashing out concepts for book jackets by authors I’m reading. Here’s a few quick concepts for Yukio MIshima’s novel “Forbidden Colors”.
Rifflandia Booklet by Brandon Velestuk
Back in the summer of 2010, I was the Creative Director of the Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, BC. That year, I lead, and participated in all the visual design surrounding the festival, including the 112-page magazine. I conceptualized it, planned the grid system and typography, laid it out, and directed photo shoots with a very talented photo team. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the Editor, Chris Long, who often pulled those same all-nighters, hounding writers for work, filling in blanks, and helping squeeze copy into just the right amount of space.
It almost killed me, but I’m still proud of it.
John Fante Cover by Brandon Velestuk
"The first was already there, a mound at her waist, a thing of lambent movement, slithering and squirming like a ball of serpents."
This is one of the first phrases in Fante’s “Full of Life”, which immediately caught me, and stuck with me long past finishing the book. Fante is one of my favorite writers, thanks to Mark Nichols and I still love the Ecco reprint of this book that uses the original 1952 cover, but I wanted to embrace some of the darker sides of his writing, while still presenting the cover in a soft, approachable way.
Spartan Fontface, produced in the late 1930s, was Mergenthaler Linotype and ATF’s knockoff of the extremely popular Futura (Bauer). If you see Futura in a magazine or newspaper published in mid-century America, there’s a good chance it’s actually Spartan (or the other followers: Twentieth Century, Tempo, or Vogue). As is the case with many imitations, Spartan offered some things the original did not: such as a double-story alternate ‘a’ (shown in the Linotype specimen), special “Advertising Figures”, and unique “Classified” cuts (released later) for very small type. The originality of the Classified fonts could explain why they are the only styles available in digital form. For a digitization of Spartan that emulates a rough printed impression, check out Mark Simonson’s Metallophile.
The images above are excerpts from the complete specimens found in The Silver Buckle Press Collection at the University of Wisconsin. Direct links: ATF specimen, Linotype specimen.
The Swap Show is an exhibition exchange between design studios from around the world. By Foreign Policy, Singapore.
Post Natural History (2013)
"An encyclopedic board of the future, between memory and projection, where different living species are modified to meet changing environments and new desires of man.The project’s desire is to explore the new opportunities of performance and evolution and to catch this space between memory and an imagined future.
'These are stories of possible scenarios in which different living species are modified to better fit our environment as well as to adapt to new human desires.'”
1. DRAGONFLY [Chloromgonfus detectis] Volatile inorganic-sensitive animal
2. BEETLE [Oryctes transmissionis] Insect adapted to continuous tracking
3. TREEHOPPER [Curculionidae botulus] Pollutant-sensitive insect
4. IBIS [Passeridae temperatio] Drought- and frost-resistant bird
5. MOON JELLYFISH [Aurelia exiens] Adaptation to abyssal life for data transmission
6. CROCODILE [Crocodylae hypersexualis] Reptile with new reproductive strategy
7. PANGOLIN [Pholidota supraclimatis] Climate change-tolerant mammal
8. MONITOR LIZARD [Varanus imitabilis] Mimetic lizard
9. WEEVIL [Entimus jumpis] Highly-adaptable jumping insect
MMVII Lookbook by Zac Benloulou.