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Logo Design: Music Instruments

Logo Design: Music Instruments

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured logos with frogs and toads, and today we're featuring logos with music instruments! Every week we search through our favorite galleries: Logopond and Dribbble. Both are a great communities for designers everywhere. Also, if you you'd like to suggest ideas for the next subjects, please, tell me by sending me sending me a tweet: @paulogabriel. Cheers! ;)

Illustrated Costumes of Famous Musicians

Illustrated Costumes of Famous Musicians

Brazilian illustrator Frederico Birchal created this really cool project to bring back some of the most epic musicians and their favorite costumes to walk on stage. From Beatles to Daft Punk and everything in between. Check it out! For more from Frederico Birchal visit

Wicked Illustrated Gig Posters

Wicked Illustrated Gig Posters

I think it's really cool when bands ask artists to come up with cool gig posters! I've known some of these artists for some time now and it's amazing to check them after a while and see that they've done pieces for bands such as The Black Keys and Flight of the Conchords. So I've searched for more illustrated gig posters and found these, which are truly awesome! I wonder if any of you have got your own gig posters! If so, share it with us, because we'd love to see it. Also, you should really check these artists' pages simply by clicking each image. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers! ;) Tom Whalen Mike Mahle Ben Basso Melita Curphy Aubry Cohen Rui Ricardo Becky Dreistadt Tom Whalen Mark Hodgkinson Bryce Louw Dave Perillo Christopher Lee Teagle Mark Rehkopf Sean Causley Benjamin Estrada Nimbus2005 Jimmy the Exploder

WMC Fest: Midwest's Art, Design and Music Festival

WMC Fest: Midwest's Art, Design and Music Festival

The Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is the premier art, design, and music event in the Midwest. Now in its fourth year, 1,200+ attendees will descend upon Cleveland for three days in August to see 20 speakers, 20 designers, and over 30 bands. Creative professionals, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, students, and fans will gather to learn, get inspired, collaborate, network, and celebrate together. WMC Fest is about Inspiring and Helping Others… WMC Fest was founded by Go Media designer and partner Jeff Finley in 2010 as a passionate side project. In 2011 he brought in Jesse Sloan to handle the music portion and Joseph Hughes to help organize the speakers. In 2012, Todd Gauman of NeoVentures signed on as event director. All Rights to WMC Fest The Goal of WMC Fest Weapons of Mass Creation is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. We believe that good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This mentality manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation. A person who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes stuff happen. All Rights to WMC Fest All Rights to WMC Fest This is where leaders are born. We’ve hand picked 20 inspiring visionaries to present their work and their ideas. Attendees will enjoy 10 inspiring talks per day on the subjects of graphic design, art, entrepreneurship, leadership, productivity, creativity, and more. Creative leaders both local and national will take part. WMC Fest is about forward-thinking Art & Design WMC also includes a jaw-dropping art and design show highlighting both local and regional talent. You can expect to see some amazing work. This won’t be like your typical art show with oil paintings, crafts, or abstract modern art. Think album art, t-shirt design, typography, poster art, toy design, fashion design, and illustration. All Rights to WMC Fest WMC Fest is about Incredible Music WMC Fest is a place you go to experience raw and authentic music so intimate that it gives you chills. Musically, expect a diverse and creative sound with a proudly independent spirit. All Rights to WMC Fest A Taste of WMC Fest Speakers 2013 All Rights to WMC Fest Bands 2013 All Rights to WMC Fest Support WMC Fest on Kickstarter All Rights to WMC Fest I longed for an event in my own hometown that was NOT expensive, yet still catered to those three passions: Music, art, and entrepreneurship. What would a weapon of mass creation do? They would defy the hand they're dealt. - Jeff Finley Links More info about WMC Festival: Support WMC on Kickstarter:… Follow WMC on Twitter:

Daft Punk GIFs

Daft Punk GIFs

As you've probably noticed, we are big fans of Daft Punk. We've have posted about them quite a few times and of course aren't the only ones obsessed. There are a lot of people out there creating some amazing artwork inspired by the electronic music duo. Enter Gerrel Saunders who put together some incredible GIF's featuring helmets of the French musicians. Gerrel Saunders, also known as Gaks, is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer and illustrator hailing from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He's also a self-proclaimed Master Vector Ninja...just saying. Decided to try my hand at some Daft Punk Fan-art. Enjoy!!!

UI Design: Mixtape Music App

UI Design: Mixtape Music App

Time for another great looking app! This time, let's check the Mixtape, an app for iOS to remind us of how great the tape era was. It had a certain charm... to record your own mixtapes and share them with the ones you love. I remember recording many of these, and just by looking at this app I go on trip by memory lane. For all the 90's children and teenagers out there, check this app out. Great idea and execution by designer Marco Nenzi, from Italy. Check out more screens of it at his Behance portfolio. Cheers. ;)

Band Photos by Luca Venter

Luca Venter is a portrait and music photographer based in Denver, CO. He's able to capture light in a way that makes you stop in your tracks and stare. The way he chooses to frame and focus his subjects also add this really fantastic mood that takes his photos that extra mile. Also: he's really young too. So that's always exciting.

WMC Fest Event Recap 2012

The weekend of June 8th through the 10th marked the third annual Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland Ohio. This event - the self-proclaimed SXSW of the Midwest - brings together 20 speakers, 20 designers, 20 bands, and hundreds of eager artists for one incredible weekend every June. This year I was lucky enough to attend for all three days. I came away excited, full of knowledge, new experiences, and hope for what the future holds - both for WMC Fest and the art and design community in the Midwest. As you may or may not know, I’m a Midwesterner myself. Born and raised in Ohio, I’ve only lived elsewhere for two years of my life and I was eager to return. While I love traveling and am open to the idea of moving somewhere else, I’ve always had a soft spot for Ohio. At times my relationship with my home state has been one of love and hate. More hate as a child and more love as an adult. Like most kids I grew up thinking that I would rather live anywhere but where I was forced to grow up. But as I grew older I began to see how good I really had it. For instance, I thought about moving to LA once only to realize after actually visiting a couple times - that I can’t stand LA! It’s too spread out for my taste. It's surrounded by desert, full of oversized cars and boxy, unimaginative buildings. It’s also home to an ultra competitive culture that doesn't suite me. Not to mention it would cost me at least five times more to live in LA than it does for me to live in Columbus, Ohio. No offense to those of you who live in LA and love it, it’s just not for me. But this post isn’t about LA or even about how much I love living in Ohio. It’s about WMC Fest and what IT stands for. I simply wanted to mention my growing up in the Midwest and my love-hate relationship with Ohio, because after my second year of attending WMC Fest I feel like the event has come to represent just about everything I’ve come to appreciate about the State and region I grew up in. Allow me to explain... WMC Fest is Affordable As I mentioned above one of my favorite things about living in Ohio is how affordable it is. WMC Fest is no exception. A three day all-access pass to WMC Fest is only $60. And if you bought it early enough, it was only $50. $50! For three days of music, art, and great advice from some of the best designers in the world. How can you go wrong with that?! In my humble opinion, you can’t. I was fortunate enough to catch several amazing talks this year including the story of Johnny Cupcakes and his advice on how to build a valuable Brand from scratch; Tad Carpenter’s talk on The Importance of Play; Austin Kleon’s talk on stealing like an artist; James White’s Design Renegade speech; And Kate Bingaman Burt’s energetic discourse on curation and what that word really means. For those talks alone I got more than my money’s worth out of the event. But those were only a few of the high points among 20 great speakers, 20 bands, and 20 designers. I also got to see some amazing art, some great local/nationally known bands, and experience some truly delicious local cuisine (a.k.a. hot dogs and tater tots from Happy Dog). So if you’re a bootstrapped designer trying to make your way as a freelancer, I can’t image a better investment. For a mere 50 bucks (plus hotel and food for the weekend) you get the benefit of years upon years of design world experience, stunning success stories, valuable failures/experiments, and tons of hard earned wisdom shared by the event speakers - not to mention non-stop live music and the chance to network with hundreds of fellow artists. Which brings me to my second point... WMC Fest Encourages Close-Knit Community Even the “large” cities in the Midwest have fairly small art and design communities (relatively). That doesn’t mean they aren’t still incredibly varied, full of talent, and fun to be a part of. It’s just that everyone sort of knows everyone - or so it can seem. What's actually occurring is something even more special, it's a sort of understanding that everyone is accessible and willing to help each other. The polar opposite of the dog-eat-dog world fostered in say, New York as Tuesday Bassen described in her talk this year. The idea being that if you don’t know someone personally, that's ok! Because the understanding is that they’d be open to getting to know you and excited about how they can help. Which was true of almost every artist, speaker, and designer who attended this year. Not only did I see them making themselves available to attendees all weekend long for one-on-one advice, hang-out time, and encouragement - but the collective vibe this creative camaraderie gave off was palpable and I think as you read other accounts of the weekend you’ll see a lot of people left feeling really fired up and excited to create new work and return next year for more fuel. One speaker at the event (an Abduzeedo friend and favorite) James White was kind enough to step aside with me for a few minutes after his talk and say hello to everyone here at Abduzeedo. Check it out :) As you can see, the attitude was pretty laid back and fun. The venue in which the speakers talked was right behind where James is standing in this video and it’s fairly small and intimate. Nearly too small in fact, to the surprise of event founder Jeff Finley & co. who seemed shocked that nearly every speaker was drawing a large enough crowd to fill every single seat in the venue and even some space on the stage, stairs, and the standing room along the walls. WMC Fest is Surprisingly Unique I would wager that most people don’t think of the Midwest when listing locations synonymous with creativity and unique expression. However, a closer inspection may prove surprising. Perfect example: Who would have guessed that Cleveland Ohio had so many b-boys? As odd as it may sound, one of my favorite parts of WMC Fest this year was seeing a huge group of dancers gather around for spontaneous break dance battles followed by an organized competition - the winners walking away with $500. It’s one of those things that while maybe not a big draw for the festival as a whole, brought a lot of uniqueness to the experience. While breakdancing at a design festival is a little unexpected and really fun I think it’s actually an outlying example of the surprising uniqueness and creativity represented at WMC Fest this year. Here are two other examples directly from the design community. Artist/Designer Brandon Rike based out of Columbus, Ohio (whom I interviewed last year) and illustrator/MAKER Tad Carpenter from Kansas City, Missouri. If asked to imagine who is doing the merchandise design for some of the biggest names in the music industry you would probably picture a huge design firm in New York, Brooklyn, San Francisco, or some other large coastal city. But you would be wrong. It’s actually this guy: Brandon Rike. I would share his client list (if you click through scroll to the bottom) here but it’s too freaking huge to include in this post. So make sure you go by his site and ogle his work when you have the time. For our purposes I’ll just name a few of the big clients: Led Zeppelin, Ossy Osbourne, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Morrissey, Motley Crue, Smashing Pumpkins, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, Nirvana, Weezer, Aerosmith, OWLSA (Skrillex), and many many more. What I love about this, and what I found surprising and unique - and compelling - about Brandon when we met, is that this enormous body of awesome work came out of one guy, in his home office, in Columbus Ohio. No big firm, no celebrity, no outrageous online following. Just a disciplined dude with a lot of love for music and illustration who over the course of 10 years has been cranking out some of the raddest shit in the country. And then we have Tad Carpenter. Tad hails from Kansas City, Missouri which is probably best known for it’s - I bet you didn’t guess it - barbecue. That’s right, apparently the best barbecue in the world, arguably, is served at Oklahoma Joe’s - a legendary local restaurant there. What Kansas City is not known for, unless you grew up in it (according to Tad’s talk this year), is it’s vibrant community of copy writers, artists, and illustrators. A pleasantly surprising side effect of Kansas City also being the corporate home of Hallmark, the card company. Who over the course of generations has employed and fostered an enormous creative community who in turn have passed on their love for creativity to their kids. Which is how Tad and I’m sure many other artists from Kansas City got started. So what is he doing now? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard of Adobe. You know, that company who makes all those essential software programs you probably pirate. Well, if you happen to get an out of the box copy of Adobe CS6 then you may notice some of his recent work. A how-to guide for illustrator. His work has also shown up in Communication Arts, Print, Grain Edit, Illustration Mundo and many other publications. Some select clients that he lists on his website include Macy's, Target, Atlantic Records, MTV, Simon & Schuster, Sterling, Hallmark Cards, Dave & Buster's, and Random House. A testament to the reality that location is no longer a hindrance if you dream of rising high in the commercial world of art and design. Some other great examples of surprising uniqueness and creativity out of the Midwest who were present at WMC Fest this year include but are not limited to: Nate Utesch - the creator and curator of Ferocious Quarterly who lives and works in Fort Wayne Indiana. Chuck Anderson - the founder of No Pattern and all star designer living and working in Grand Rapids Michigan. Jeff Finley - Founder of WMC Fest and partner at Go Media in Cleveland Ohio. Margot Harrington - designer, developer, blogger, and maker living and working out of Chicago Illinois. And the list goes on: Rachel Novak, Jen Myers, Mike Kubinski, Julia Kuo, Brian Andrew Jasinski, Glen Infante, Jackie Bebenroth, and more. And now I’d like to get a little sentimental...sort of...but not really. WMC Fest Re-Invigorates the American Dream Yes, that’s right, I went there. At the risk of sounding so incredibly cheesy that this post becomes unpublishable, I'd like to say that I think it’s true - WMC Fest CAN (if we let it) come to represent a re-interpreting of what chasing down that good ol’ fashioned American Dream means to those of us living and working as artists in the Midwest. Just go with me here for a second. The American Dream is so often mocked that a lot of people probably don’t even know what it means anymore. After all, Americans have been offering up bitter satire on the whole concept since the 1920’s when F. Scott Fitzgerald released The Great Gatsby. Probably before. No, definitely. Anyways, let me quickly lay it out for you. It’s as simple as this: The American Dream is a belief in the idea that upward social mobility is possible through hard work. Or in other words - and maybe seen through a more modern lens - if you dedicate yourself to something, not only is it possible to do what you love for a living, but you may just be able to elevate yourself, your family, and (if you start a company) your co-workers and employees into greater social heights. It's the story of countless individuals, companies and yes - even websites. In fact, it's the story of Fabio and Abduzeedo. A graphic designer who started a blog to back up his data and share what he's learning, who over the course of four years and a lot of hard work comes to lead one of the world's largest web company's design teams. Google, in case you didn't know. This dream, it's a beautiful idea and the fact that it's possible - and that we know people who've achieved it - makes it irresistible to most of us. And I don't think that's cheesy at all. I don't harbor bitter feelings towards this concept. I find it incredibly inspiring. Which I why I've dedicated a whole section of this post - a post about an art and design festival in Cleveland Ohio - to a subject that's as relevant today as the day the term "American Dream" was coined. Furthermore, when I say that WMC Fest re-invigorates the midwestern version of the American Dream I'm not talking about a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That image is no more than a leftover of 1950's Americana. What I'm talking about is a new version of the American Dream that means autonomy, social distinction, and financial stability for a whole section of the United States who for decades now have been making an uneasy transition from manufacturing, agriculture, and other forms of blue collar labor into technology, the arts, and data/information based lines of work more suitable to our economy in 2012. Now, I'm not trying to make the case that WMC Fest is the only positive thing the Midwest has going for it in this regard, but rather that it's one of many things encouraging and inspiring a new generation of artists, designers, and creatives toward a promising future. One that we need to embrace. And I don't think that anyone better illuminated the WMC Fest audience this year with the ways in which this new dream is possible than speaker Johnny Cupcakes. The Johnny Cupcakes Story is one you have to hear (or read) to believe. Something I highly recommend doing, as I don't have time to lay out all the drama and details for you. But in very rapid summary it's the story of a guy who took a nickname, turned it into a logo and t-shirt design, and then when asked repeatedly where people could buy one like it decided to start a t-shirt business out of the trunk of his car. Eventually that business took over his parents' house, then years later got it's own location, and now has four stores in four cities: Boston, Los Angeles, Hull, and London. Yes, London England. And more on the way. Johnny was able to take his fierce passion for an alternative career path and his love for design and combine the two into a company, sub-culture, and story that neatly sum up what WMC Fest is all about. The potential to do amazing things through creativity. Final Thought In conclusion of this monster blog post (and if you're still with me I thank you very much) I'd like to thank Jeff Finley and the whole Go Media team for putting on another great festival this year. I can't wait to go back next year and continue to track the event's growth and impact. I'd also like to mention that I will be working with many of the speakers and designers of the event this year to put together a sort of follow up ebook to the festival. So stay tuned for more news on that. If you'd like to read more accounts of WMC Fest from artists, speakers, and attendees just check out this page on the official WMC Fest Website.

The Beatles Collection

I can't remember the last time I had a collection post published. These posts are really fun to do, mainly because they're about things people totally love, and for this one, I was trying to figure something like that, and then it came to my mind. The Beatles. People love them. I that's enough for me. And it should be enough for you too. Here, enjoy some Beatles. And don't forget to visit these pages for original works. And since the Beatles don't need introduction, I'm done with this paragraph, so here's some lorem ipum to fill it: dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Cheers! ;)

Book Suggestion: The Art of the LP: Classic Album Covers 1955-1995

The book suggestion of this week is very inspiring, especially for those out there fans of LPs. The book is called The Art of the LP: Classic Album Covers 1955-1995 and it has a great variety of cover design styles from punk rock to pop all divided by thematic chapters. Sexy, provocative, playful, beautiful: from their earliest days, LP covers have been objects of art and fascination. This celebration of album artistry presents more than 350 of the best covers, and departs from the usual approach by organizing the images by visual theme. Many of us remember the iconic album-cover images that defined our collective and individual histories—such as the smoldering pinup girl on the Cars’ Candy-O, the plaintive baby following a dollar bill through water on Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Andy Warhol’s controversial zippered pants on the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers. From perennial classics to lesser-known gems, here is the LP art that shook, rattled, and rolled us through music’s early formative years. The thematic chapters include: Art: Ornette Coleman, Empty Foxhole; The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks; Santana, Abraxas Death: Otis Redding, History of Otis Redding; Frank Zappa, Hot Rats; Ice Cube, Kill At Will; Metallica, Master of Puppets Drugs: The Beatles, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; The Monkees, Head; Thelonious Monk, Underground; Peter Tosh, Bush Doctor Ego: Frank Sinatra, No One Cares; Astrud Gilberto, Nothing Better To Do; Joni Mitchell, Clouds; LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out; Bjork, Debut Escape: Johnny Cash, Orange Blossom Special; Bob Dylan, Freewheelin’; Peter Gabriel, 1 (car) Identity: The Jackson 5, ABC; Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon; Blondie, Parallel Lines Politics: Funkadelic, America Eats Its Young; Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA Rock & Roll: Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano; Clash, London Calling Sex: The Ohio Players, Honey; Robert Palmer, Double Fun; Pulp, This Is Hardcore Real World: The Allman Brothers, Brothers & Sisters; Bob Marley, Catch A Fire; Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Buy Now

The World of Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor is an illustrator and designer based in Melbourne Australia. He primarily works with the music industry so he designed for many Australian bands but he also did some movie posters and let me tell you they are just gorgeous and so detailed. Here's a set of some of his mixed gigs, hope you will get inspired! For more information about Ken Taylor, you can visit

Futuristics Artworks by Super Silo

At first I thought that most of Super Silo artworks were all vector and 3D made, the use of solid and flat shapes probably made me think about that. But I was wrong, as most of his compositions are all made in photoshop over rough sketches, the process it's really amazing, just check some of the the timelapses he did. For more illustrations by Super Silo, please access his Behance profile or his Website.

Clever Pictogram Music Posters

Designed by Viktor Hertz, a freelance designer and photographer from Sweden. These pictogram music poster are very clever and well done, each poster representing a song that I'm sure you will familiarize with. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite. For more from Viktor visit Click here to view more

UI Design: Carl Cox Mixer

Following my newly found love for UI design, I kept looking for some cool designs to share with you guys and happily I've found a super nice music app. The app is the Carl Cox Mixer, featuring and beautiful DJ mixing setup. This one was designed by the talented Jonas Eriksson, the same guy behind the Drum Machine, featured here before. Hopefully Jonas will keep delivering beautiful apps like these in the future. To see more screenshots of it, you may visit the app page. I hope you enjoy this!! Cheers. ;)

Illustrated by Music

I made an amazing selection of album cover from upcoming bands that you provably don't know about. The artwork that comes with this unknown music is just amazing, this scene gives chance to many artists and designers to create outstanding work and here are a few for you to check out. To find out more about each piece, just click on it and to view more band artworks visit

Music Genres Poster Series

A poster series curated by Edit where a bunch of different designers were asked to represent a musical genre using one shape and one type. The result is awesome, every poster has a unique style and represents its music genres very well. Nitzan – Edit — Acid House Sane & Able — Classical Toko — Detroit Techno Studio Makgill — Disco This Studio — Electro Manual Creative — Folk Trevor Jackson — Industrial Baster — Metal Duane King — New–Wave Collective Approach — Polka Mark Boyce — Soul Hey Studio — Twist Leterme Dowling — Urban

The Style of Music

Ensemble The Style of Music is an awesome project created by Moxy Creative House. They had the brilliant idea to recreate the clothe that famous artist use to wear and make each piece into a nice poster. Check it out! To view all and buy posters visit Which one is your Favorite?