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May 15, 2009

Jardin de Niños

Our homies Stefan Joch and Andreas Putz, whom we’ve posted about previously, make up “Jardin de Niños”, an artists’ collective that releases amazing zines, posters, prints and exhibition work.jardin-okgreat7.jpgTheir most recent exhibition at “Lendwirbel” in their native Austria (“a sort of block party with art”) was entitled “auseschiam + improvisiern”.  Roughly Translated: “Postone and Improvise”.  Andreas emailed us to explain the reasoning behind the name and had this to say, “…we both are such lazy bastards and postpone everything up to a point, where we have to improvise a lot to get a job done.”jardin-okgreat1.jpg jardin-okgreat3.jpgAnother concept behind the exhibit was the layering of black ink over color–the color representing electrical circuits and the guys’ backgrounds at technical schools and the black doodles representing their new aesthetic & way of thinking–“a more artistic way of life.”jardin-okgreat6.jpg jardin-okgreat4.jpgjardin-okgreat5.jpg  Andreas & Stefan are all over the place, so here’s a quick list of some of the places you can find these maniacs: 

Jardin de NiñosStefan JochAndreas PutzStefan on TwitterAndreas on Twitter

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April 16, 2009

OK Q&A: Jason Munn & The Small Stakes (…& a Giveaway)

Hi, everybody!  Today I’m happy to be bringing you our interview with Jason Munn from The Small Stakes.If you’re not already familiar with Jason, here’s the skinny: Based in SF, Jason is a graphic artist that works primarily in the show poster format (though he’s also  created some amazing work for museums, film, and magazines including Wired and Fortune).  His work is simple and bold and maintains a lot of the fundamental elements of traditional poster art while staying totally fresh and current.  Seriously, the dude is great at what he does.  A bunch of us here in the studio have his posters hanging up in our respective houses.danieljohnston.jpgJason’s churned out posters for some very enviable clients: Built to Spill, The Flaming Lips, The Constantines, Spoon (“The Small Stakes” is a Spoon song, der), Beck, Explosions in the Sky, the list goes on and on.  Open any reputable music magazine to a random page, put your finger down and Mr. Munn has probably designed a poster for whatever band you’re landing on.eits.jpgnoage.jpgJason was kind enough to take time out of one of his epic 12 hour days at his home studio (see: below) to answer some of our questions, share some favorite designs and give our readers a little insight into what’s behind The Small Stakes moniker…Obviously, you wouldn’t be doing what you do without music.  Can you talk a little about the impact music has had on your life?  Why did you decide to become a show poster artist as opposed to another kind of artist?Music really became a huge part of my life in junior high – around this time I started skateboarding and got into punk and independent bands soon after. It was skateboard graphics, magazines, and album covers that got me really interested in art and design. I had done a few posters, t-shirt designs, and album packages for some local bands when I was in college in Wisconsin. After I moved to Oakland near the end of 2002 some friends of mine began booking some shows in Berkeley and they asked me to create a poster for each of the shows, this is essentially how I got started making posters on a regular basis.beck.jpgFive bands that you’ve got in heavy rotation lately?Deerhunter, No Age, TV On The Radio, The Walkmen, Why?Are there any bands that you haven’t but would love to create posters for?I feel pretty fortunate that I’ve been able to work with and create posters for some of my favorite bands, but a couple bands that I would really like to create a poster for are TV On The Radio and My Bloody Valentine.andrewbird.jpgAre there any non-music clients you’re dying to work with?I’d love to do some more film posters. I did have a chance to make a poster for Christmas On Mars, the film created by The Flaming Lips, that was exciting to do.I’ve noticed a lot of similarities between your posters and the cut-and-paste design of 60’s era magazine work.  Do you draw any direct inspiration from that generation of design?Yes, I do, I’ve always enjoyed the limited use of color and the way ideas are conveyed in the work of that era.Could you tell us what your average day is like?An average day typically starts around 9am. I do most of my emailing and sometimes revisions to current projects in the mornings. I typically start new projects in the afternoon and depending on the day I’ll work until about 9 or 10pm.munnstudio.jpgWhat are the inspirational tools that you couldn’t survive without?  Websites, books, magazines, any frequent places you turn to for reference?  I don’t have a specific go to besides the project itself, most of the time this is plenty as again, I feel really fortunate that most of the projects I have the chance to work on I’m pretty excited about. The visual side of music is of course one of my biggest influences, I’m always picking up design books related to the visual aspect of music.A lot of people say that English teachers are failed writers.  Are show poster artists failed musicians?For a time I did want to be in a band, I was playing guitar for a bit, but half of the time when I thought about being in a band I was thinking about how our albums would look.deerhunter.jpgTo see more of Jason’s work, please visit his excellent website and consider picking up one of his posters.  They’re cheap, they’re numbered, they look great in a frame, they’re signed, they’re beautiful.  You’d be a fool not to!Also, if you’re diggin’ what you’re seein’ (and you’ve gotta be, right?), here’s your chance to snag a Small Stakes poster for free!  We’ll be giving away Jason’s newest poster for The Tallest Man on Earth (see below).  All you’ve got to do is comment on this post and let us know what you think and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win the poster!  We’ll contact the winner on Tuesday (4/21), so be sure to leave your email address!  (Limited to US residents)tallestman.jpgThanks, Jason!

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April 16, 2009

OK Q&A: Jason Munn & The Small Stakes (…& a Giveaway)

Hi, everybody!  Today I’m happy to be bringing you our interview with Jason Munn from The Small Stakes.If you’re not already familiar with Jason, here’s the skinny: Based in SF, Jason is a graphic artist that works primarily in the show poster format (though he’s also  created some amazing work for museums, film, and magazines including Wired and Fortune).  His work is simple and bold and maintains a lot of the fundamental elements of traditional poster art while staying totally fresh and current.  Seriously, the dude is great at what he does.  A bunch of us here in the studio have his posters hanging up in our respective houses.danieljohnston.jpgJason’s churned out posters for some very enviable clients: Built to Spill, The Flaming Lips, The Constantines, Spoon (“The Small Stakes” is a Spoon song, der), Beck, Explosions in the Sky, the list goes on and on.  Open any reputable music magazine to a random page, put your finger down and Mr. Munn has probably designed a poster for whatever band you’re landing on.eits.jpgnoage.jpgJason was kind enough to take time out of one of his epic 12 hour days at his home studio (see: below) to answer some of our questions, share some favorite designs and give our readers a little insight into what’s behind The Small Stakes moniker…Obviously, you wouldn’t be doing what you do without music.  Can you talk a little about the impact music has had on your life?  Why did you decide to become a show poster artist as opposed to another kind of artist?Music really became a huge part of my life in junior high – around this time I started skateboarding and got into punk and independent bands soon after. It was skateboard graphics, magazines, and album covers that got me really interested in art and design. I had done a few posters, t-shirt designs, and album packages for some local bands when I was in college in Wisconsin. After I moved to Oakland near the end of 2002 some friends of mine began booking some shows in Berkeley and they asked me to create a poster for each of the shows, this is essentially how I got started making posters on a regular basis.beck.jpgFive bands that you’ve got in heavy rotation lately?Deerhunter, No Age, TV On The Radio, The Walkmen, Why?Are there any bands that you haven’t but would love to create posters for?I feel pretty fortunate that I’ve been able to work with and create posters for some of my favorite bands, but a couple bands that I would really like to create a poster for are TV On The Radio and My Bloody Valentine.andrewbird.jpgAre there any non-music clients you’re dying to work with?I’d love to do some more film posters. I did have a chance to make a poster for Christmas On Mars, the film created by The Flaming Lips, that was exciting to do.I’ve noticed a lot of similarities between your posters and the cut-and-paste design of 60’s era magazine work.  Do you draw any direct inspiration from that generation of design?Yes, I do, I’ve always enjoyed the limited use of color and the way ideas are conveyed in the work of that era.Could you tell us what your average day is like?An average day typically starts around 9am. I do most of my emailing and sometimes revisions to current projects in the mornings. I typically start new projects in the afternoon and depending on the day I’ll work until about 9 or 10pm.munnstudio.jpgWhat are the inspirational tools that you couldn’t survive without?  Websites, books, magazines, any frequent places you turn to for reference?  I don’t have a specific go to besides the project itself, most of the time this is plenty as again, I feel really fortunate that most of the projects I have the chance to work on I’m pretty excited about. The visual side of music is of course one of my biggest influences, I’m always picking up design books related to the visual aspect of music.A lot of people say that English teachers are failed writers.  Are show poster artists failed musicians?For a time I did want to be in a band, I was playing guitar for a bit, but half of the time when I thought about being in a band I was thinking about how our albums would look.deerhunter.jpgTo see more of Jason’s work, please visit his excellent website and consider picking up one of his posters.  They’re cheap, they’re numbered, they look great in a frame, they’re signed, they’re beautiful.  You’d be a fool not to!Also, if you’re diggin’ what you’re seein’ (and you’ve gotta be, right?), here’s your chance to snag a Small Stakes poster for free!  We’ll be giving away Jason’s newest poster for The Tallest Man on Earth (see below).  All you’ve got to do is comment on this post and let us know what you think and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win the poster!  We’ll contact the winner on Tuesday (4/21), so be sure to leave your email address!  (Limited to US residents)tallestman.jpgThanks, Jason!

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April 8, 2009

OK Q&A: Black Horse

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Last week we were lucky enough to have the extremely talented people behind Black Horse Studio drop by our office for a visit. Studio heads Jennifer Bostic & Lee Runion sat down with us to share their experiences at Black Horse and to show off their outstanding new photo books.

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Black Horse is a photography/cinematography studio based in historic downtown Winston-Salem with a client list longer than the Mississippi. They have a 13,000 sq. foot space in a gothic revival castle with gorgeous hardwood floors. Jealous much??

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Both Jennifer & Lee have been in the industry for a long time, so it was a pleasure talking with them about the state of commercial photography today. I always wondered if commercial photographers were frustrated by the seemingly unebbing transition to all digital work. As a casual travel photographer, I’ve found myself missing both the saturation of film and the methodology of the dark room. Black Horse has fully embraced the digital world, and Lee says it’s helped him ‘bring you, the client, a much better end product.’

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One of the great upsides of the digital transition is the abillity to leave a photoshoot with at least some idea of how the images turned out. It’s standard practice for Black Horse to have multiple computer monitors showing each shot as the photographer snaps away. This way their clients can stand by and see every detail of how the photoshoot is unfolding. I know that if all of my clients stood behind me and watched me work all day I’d probably hang myself with my mouse cord.

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Black Horse has a diverse staff of four alowing them to work all ends of the spectrum from gourment food stills to fashion photography. This variety helps to keep the staff refreshed and allows them to bring different styles to each project. We have a very similar experience at Flywheel in that our clientele ranges from art museums to university bioethics departments. It’s really nice to have an entirely new subject with it’s own unique challenges for each project.

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Another huge advantage to having a client list as diverse as Black Horse’s is the ability to weather tougher economic times. We’ve seen so many excellent firms shut their doors because they subsisted on maybe 3 contracts and they were in industries like real estate development. It’s good to see another creative company flourish even in a recession.

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It was really nice getting to know the good people at Black Horse and we at OK Great wish them all the best!!

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April 8, 2009

OK Q&A: Black Horse

blackhorsecard.jpg

Last week we were lucky enough to have the extremely talented people behind Black Horse Studio drop by our office for a visit. Studio heads Jennifer Bostic & Lee Runion sat down with us to share their experiences at Black Horse and to show off their outstanding new photo books.

blackhorse7.jpg

Black Horse is a photography/cinematography studio based in historic downtown Winston-Salem with a client list longer than the Mississippi. They have a 13,000 sq. foot space in a gothic revival castle with gorgeous hardwood floors. Jealous much??

blackhorse6.jpg

Both Jennifer & Lee have been in the industry for a long time, so it was a pleasure talking with them about the state of commercial photography today. I always wondered if commercial photographers were frustrated by the seemingly unebbing transition to all digital work. As a casual travel photographer, I’ve found myself missing both the saturation of film and the methodology of the dark room. Black Horse has fully embraced the digital world, and Lee says it’s helped him ‘bring you, the client, a much better end product.’

blackhorse2.jpg

One of the great upsides of the digital transition is the abillity to leave a photoshoot with at least some idea of how the images turned out. It’s standard practice for Black Horse to have multiple computer monitors showing each shot as the photographer snaps away. This way their clients can stand by and see every detail of how the photoshoot is unfolding. I know that if all of my clients stood behind me and watched me work all day I’d probably hang myself with my mouse cord.

blackhorse3.jpg

Black Horse has a diverse staff of four alowing them to work all ends of the spectrum from gourment food stills to fashion photography. This variety helps to keep the staff refreshed and allows them to bring different styles to each project. We have a very similar experience at Flywheel in that our clientele ranges from art museums to university bioethics departments. It’s really nice to have an entirely new subject with it’s own unique challenges for each project.

blackhorse.jpg

Another huge advantage to having a client list as diverse as Black Horse’s is the ability to weather tougher economic times. We’ve seen so many excellent firms shut their doors because they subsisted on maybe 3 contracts and they were in industries like real estate development. It’s good to see another creative company flourish even in a recession.

blackhorse4.jpg

It was really nice getting to know the good people at Black Horse and we at OK Great wish them all the best!!

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