Randonisation #34 – The Rump Roller

I’m a big fan of this cover.

Also, the title track is pretty great if your wanting a classy strut down the avenue.

If you are ever looking for some inspiration, Sleevage.com is one my favorites.  you can search by Musician, Designer, or even Design Studio.  Pretty rad.

Randonisation # 31 – Frank Zappa

Here is one of my favorite Album Covers.  I imagine that someone drew an abstract Z and A, and Frank described what he saw and that became the album title, Much like the game Scribblish (Which is awesome as well).  I am probably quite wrong though, but I’d rather stick with this story in my head then trying to find out the real one.

Randonisation #25 – Mad Men

After finally getting into MadMen about a year ago or so, I have started wishing I could be a copy-writer.  (It should however be noted, that this show also makes me want to drink rye and smoke all day, it’s a terrible influence.)  Either way, It inspires me to be a bit more clever with my words, As well as to write every little idea that pops into my head down, because you never know when it might come in handy.


Here is my new favorite copy-writing agency, who came up with my inspirational quote of the day.

“I scream, you scream, we all scream when we’re chased by bears.”

-Ministry of Imagery



Every post should have some sort of image, here’s an old one from MacEwan that felt somewhat appropriate.


Randonisation #24 – Alex Pardee

In a drawing class at MacEwan, one project was to make a series of drawings in the style of an Artist we liked.  I came across Alex Pardee’s work when I saw an advertisement for his work on a t-shirt line for Hurley called “Night of the Treeple“.  It’s pretty dark stuff, but I loved his style and incredible imagination.  Half of the challenge was to come up with strange enough ideas, let alone try to emulate his technique.  Here are a couple of my failing attempts.

Randonisation #17 – Storm Thorgerson

“Picture a ball in your mind and you will notice that you cannot see the back side, so it could be only half a ball – visually speaking half a ball is as good as a whole one”  – Storm Thorgerson

So tonight is a friday night.  All of my friends are out celebrating Tim’s birthday, but I am here, alone, in Saskatoon.  I decided it would be good for me to stay here this weekend so I could focus on getting everything I need ready for grad show at the end of the month.  Needless to say, I am here all alone, feeling rather bored.

To curb my boredom, I watched “The Science of Sleep”, which I highly recommend.  All of the dream sequences etc. ended up reminding me of the surrealists.  I was huge into Magritte and Dali back in junior high already, and only recently learned of all the dream symbolism in dali’s paintings.  Pretty crazy/awesome stuff.

All this leads me to the subject of the blog.  Storm Thorgerson, who I have decided is the “surrealist” of the album design world.  I first read his name on the back of “dark side of the moon”, and became a fan instantly, discovering he had done the majority of floyds design work, as well as a couple Zeppelin sleeves, muse, and many many more.  pretty awesome stuff, and you should check out his site.  Here are a few you may recognize, Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet, Pink Floyd – A Momentary LApse in Reason, Pink Floyd – The Division Bell, and Muse – Absolution. The Momentary Lapse of Reason photo was not cg, they actually brought in hundreds of perfectly made beds and put them on the beach.  Pretty epic stuff.

Randonisation # 16 – USE YOUR LIBRARY OFTEN!

This summer, upon graduation etc, i hope to start reading more.  This conclusion came to me while i was researching war propoganda posters.  I’m doing design for “Mike Babacock Day” in Saskatoon, and was given a logo in black, white and red, so I started getting into this kind of swiss-style layout.  Whilst making a vertical banner for the event, it started to remind me of old russian or german propoganda (which i have always been fascinated with).  I have since made a posterization of mike babcock, it’s pretty epic.  i will show it sometime.  Anywho, back to my point.  while researching some old war posters, I cam across this one, and its pretty fantastic, and inspired me to get back into reading and using the amazing resource that is the public library.  Jennie is a frequent user of the library, and it inspires me to do the same, and you should too.