Here is a nice way to start your post holiday week. An animated short by Freddy Arenas featuring Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. The piece is called “California Inspires Me” and has some really solid animation and illustration work going on. The piece is deceptively simple with black line art over flat colored backgrounds, but the flow and rhythm is so solid. What a really nice little short.
There is something so completely humorous and ironic about designer Mike Joyce’s personal project “swissted“. Punk gig posters look nothing like the highly stylized images Joyce has created using a Swiss Modern / International Style approach. While his posters are beautifully designed they are the antithesis of punk band gig posters from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The two movements have nothing to do with each other stylistically, and the cool modern design look flies in the face of all things punk rock.
Each poster design is set in lowercase berthold akzidenz-grotesk medium (no it’s not helvetica), and each poster represents a show that actually happened (there are a boat load of them too.) Frankly I think these posters are great. Wonderful design, typography, and color pallets. What I’d really like to see is a comparison between these and the original flyers they are based on. I’m sure
swissted is now available as a book from quirk books. You can get it here.