Summer is coming…

… and the office is looking good in the sun. Hopefully Summer is on the way…

The SPAB Briefing

A while ago we were asked by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) to design a new supplement to go with The SPAB magazine.

What we came up with is The SPAB Briefing. It is smaller than the A4 magazine (it’s 189mm x 267m) so it sits neatly under the masthead of the magazine when they are posted out together. It echoes the magazine is some respects (for example, the corporate red is used on both covers) but can easily be viewed as a standalone publication.

The first Briefing is out now and sample pages from it are shown below. The second issue is in progress and will be published in March.

Sara Mitra: Losing You

Forthcoming on the excellent Impossible Ark label is the second Sara Mitra album; Losing You. The image below shows both the front and back cover of the LP.

Produced by Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) and recorded using vintage analogue tape technology, ‘Losing You’ will be released 11th May as a limited edition vinyl LP (don’t worry, digital downloads of the album also available). The album launch will take place the day before the release at The Vortex in Dalston and I’m sure there will be a few copies of the LP available on the night.

The Victorian: Tower Bridge

The latest issue of The Victorian (Issue 48) has gone to print. This is the opening spread of the article about the depiction of Tower Bridge in art to coincide with the exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery entitled ’Tower Bridge: A Celebration of 120 Years, 1894–2014′.

Emanative: Lions Of Judah

Before the forthcoming The Light Years Of The Darkness LP release (see below) there was the Lions Of Judah single by emanative for the Steve Reid Foundation.

The illustrations for both the single and the LP were done by Gene Pendon and it was a joy to collaborate with him on both jobs.

Sneak preview: emanative

A sneak preview of the forthcoming emanative LP ‘The Light Years Of The Darkness’ (front and back sleeve shown below).

The album is coming out on Brownswood recordings for the Steve Reid Foundation. And just in case you haven’t heard about the Foundation before I think it is worth me repeating the About page here:

“I started the Steve Reid Foundation as a tribute to a legendary musician, an inspiring human being and a good friend. Steve Reid was a phenomenal jazz drummer from New York, who worked with many of the music greats like Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Sun Ra. His illustrious career was also marked by innovation, experimentation and breaking frontiers, especially through his collaborations with Keiran Hebden (Four Tet).

In 2009, Steve was diagnosed with throat cancer, and it was during one of my visits to New York that I became aware of the extent of his suffering. I was horrified by the conditions he was living in during his last days. He was practically living in near poverty, and he couldn’t afford the medical treatment he needed that might have saved his life. Steve died in 13 April 2010.

Steve is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. Aside from having enormous talent, the most incredible stories and a zest for life, he had a big heart and a generous spirit, and to this day I feel humbled when I remember how modest he was. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Steve Reid’s life than to start a charity to help other musicians in his name.If you love music like I do, please support the people making it.” – Gilles Peterson

Best Art Vinyl Awards 2014

Big news at Made In Earnest HQ today as our design for the Nostalgia 77 And The Monster LP ‘Measures’ has been nominated for the Best Art Vinyl Awards 2014.

As you can see above it is a slightly unusual design with everything on the front cover, but we felt this worked well with the busy nature of the image. The back cover has the image wrapped around from the front and has no type on it. This is a slightly different design from the CD cover (below).

To be honest I don’t expect to win, but it is great to be nominated.

A shortlist of 50 record covers have been nominated for the award and the public will be invited to vote for their favourites which will ultimately decide the winner. Voting is open in participating venues and on artvinyl.com and the winners will be revealed in January 2015. Fingers crossed…

Matt Marney Fitness

New identity for a independent pilates instructor and fitness professional based in North London.

The Horticulturist redesign

The first issue of the redesigned Horticulturist magazine has arrived back from the printers and so far the feedback from the Chartered Institute of Horticulture has been extremely positive, which makes the hard work and long hours all worthwhile.

The Secret List: Paris launch

The Paris edition of The Secret List is getting a swanky book launch in December at the excellent Superfly Records.

I’ll be there to talk to anyone about the design of the books, but more importantly than that, the author will be there to discuss the project. There will be a book signing session, a Q&A and some good records played. It is a free event and all are welcome. Books will be on sale and the record store will still be open for business, but if you can’t wait until then you can buy the book here.