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


Music is Inspiration
May 10, 2009, 10:18 am
Filed under: Articles, Design, Inspiration, Music | Tags: , , , , , ,
Music From the Other Room

Image credit FineLine of Deviant Art

I came across this article from Smashing Magazine this morning and I have to share it with everyone. Called, Drawing Inspiration From Music, this post covers the author’s difficult process transitioning over to being a designer and how hard it was using abstract concepts to come up with design solutions. It then goes into how this can be accomplished by listening to music while you work. This way, you can use music to get into the heads of your audience. There are also some lovely pictures, each with a short excerpt explaining how music can specifically bring design inspiration. I know I have found that listening to music helps me better capture the spirit of my audience or objective behind my design. When designing a Jazz CD, what else should one be listening to while they’re putting together some cover art? Likewise, when designing a zine, its time to pull out the alternative rock and dust off those obscure indie folk tracks. Just knowing, or guessing, what sort of music your audience is listening to can open many doors while designing. I definetly recommend checking out the full article.

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.

How to Make A Gig Poster
Image courtesy of Dave from GoMediaZine

Image courtesy of Dave from GoMediaZine

After spending some time looking around GigPosters, I decided to do a litle more research on the topic. I found this great Illustrator tutorial on how to make a gig poster by basically just using photographs and Live Trace, collage techniques, and vector shapes. Dave of GoMediaZine (where this tutorial was born) provides step by step instructions while he creates this mock Fall of Troy poster for The Deftones. GoMediaZine is a site full of advice from real working artists and designers. I recommend checking it out as a creative resource.

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?