Michelle Clark Graphic Design


Albums of the Week
May 16, 2009, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Lifestyle, Music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Albums of the Week 05/16/09It’s that time again. Wow, what a crazy week. Deadlines have been catching up with me, with deadlines along the way to even larger deadlines. So, that called for lots of work time which translates to a lot of different music. Here’s some of the most popular picks for this week. Some of the albums are for pure nostaliga since I’m fastly approaching a pretty big milestone in my life. Others are there for their raw energy that helps keep me up and going through the long hours. I’ve also been visiting my neighbor more often these days and borrowing his player to listen to some of my vinyl. Oh, and there seems to be  a monster theme this week.  Here we go, top to bottom:

The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.
Dr. Hook – Pleasure and Pain. Awesome album art.
Garbage – Version 2.0.
Heart – Dreamboat Annie
Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster
Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power (how appropriate)
Holland – Little Monsters

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100 Remarkable CD Covers
May 14, 2009, 6:30 am
Filed under: Art, Design, Inspiration, Music, Packaging | Tags: , , , , ,

Image courtesy of Smashing Magazine

Image courtesy of Smashing Magazine

I was overjoyed to find this post on Smashing Magazine this morning outlining 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD Covers. CD and book cover design are two of my top interests in the Graphic Design field and ultimately what led me to further my education in said field. This post features 100 fabuluous album designs (a few of which have been featured on my Albums of the Week posts) as well as an introduction into the concept of CD design and how the best album art doesn’t simply showcase top notch photography (not to mention photo editing) of band members, but captures the interest of the buyer as well as hold true to the essence and mood of the music. I couldn’t agree more.



Timeless Vinyl
Sleeve concept - Jello Biafra

Sleeve concept - Jello Biafra. Photo by me.

My neighbor has a huge collection of vinyl and one of my favorite things to do over at his place is to sift through all the great album designs. There’s such a timeless quality to vinyl it ceases to become obsolete – ever wonder why no one collects cassette tapes? Records crack and break very easily, yet some people still snatch them up. I think the album art has a lot to do with this. Vinyl cases, measuring approximately twelve and one quarter inches all the way around, feature large scale artwork on the front and back, and often include an insert with pages and pages of continuous art. I don’t use my dad’s record player anymore since I moved out but I still took all my vinyl with me and display them on my wall like a collection of prints.

The Dead Kennedys’ Plastic Surgery Disasters is one of those instances. I pulled the record out and what came along with it was a book full of collage design. I was mesmerized for a good thirty minutes just flipping through and reading all of the random Dada-esque words, phrases, and photos. Vinyl is what inspired me to look into CD design years ago, which ultimately led me to the pursuit of Graphic Design. I love the concept of creating an image or a theme representative of a group of artists and their vision and carrying that theme throughout an album, using pictures and type as emotional and mental cues as to the message behind their music.

Do you collect vinyl? Is there any particular reason why?

Photos: Mike Wells and Charles Gatewood

DK and Alternative Tentacles logos: Winston Smith



Albums of the Week

Albums of the Week 5-2-09

Back by popular demand, it’s another Albums of the Week post. Let’s see a sample of what I’ve been listening to this week. Top to bottom as is customary:

  • Bjork – Post
  • The Misfits – Legacy of Brutality
  • Southern Culture on the Skids – Mojo Box
  • Tool-Aenima
  • Frank Zappa – Strictly Commercial – The Best of Frank Zappa

Also, just as a side note to anyone who was looking forward to a review of the Antigone play this weekend. I went on Friday night and arrived twenty minutes early but all the doors were locked and not a single soul to be seen in the lobby. I think it may have been cancelled due to the swine flu. I’m sorry, I was looking forward to it too.



Albums of the Week

Albums I'm Listening To

I have quite an eclectic taste in music as you will see. I like many different genres that shift dramatically from day to day or week to week depending on how I feel. Some days it’s metal, and some days it’s jazz. This week I’ve had a lot more energy due to all the nice weather and pollen flying around, so my list features a few more upbeat and dance-able rockabily, funk, and jam band albums.

Since the week is coming to a close, I figured I’d take a short break from doing homework on a Saturday and show you what albums have been on my playlist while I’ve been working.  Let’s start in the top left corner and zig-zag from there:

  • Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Show Your Bones
  • Alice in Chains – Sap
  • Ekoostik Hookah – Under Full Sail
  • Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade
  • The Cramps – Unleashed and Unreleased (in memory of the recently deceased Lux Interior, I’m still not over it)
  • Bootsy Collins – Play With Bootsy
  • Goon Moon – Licker’s Last Leg

What have you been listening to for the last week? Does it have any reflection on your mood or how you felt? How often do you change it up?