the Mystery Parade
DESIGN FOR MUSIC
Brutalism For Lovers/Death Disco
In 2019, Halou released their fifth album, Brutalism For Lovers, their first new collection of music since 2008—along with the companion album, Death Disco, which was a limited CD-only release. Both are the inaugural releases on their new label, Varna.
The vinyl LP featured collages by French artist Sebastian Jarnot, as well as a “belly band” (not shown) containing the track list and bar code, which doubled as a “censorship device” to make the cover retail-friendly. The minimalist design compliments the album’s stark sound.
A lyric book, Los Angeles Will Kill You, featuring photography by Ryan Coseboom was also produced.
After an extended hiatus, Bethany Curve re-emerged in late 2018 with new material. The album, Murder! was first previewed with two digital singles, “Dreamland” and “Frontier”, followed shortly after by the CD release of the full album.
In 2019, for the vinyl version, a lavish limited edition (of 500 copies) double LP was pressed as marbled white records, housed in a gatefold sleeve that featured gold metallic ink and was individually machine numbered.
While Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom temporarily put their main project, Halou, on hold, the duo recorded a few albums as Stripmall Architecture. The vinyl release of Suburban Reverb was pressed on heavyweight translucent vinyl, while the sleeve was printed on reverse board with silver foil-stamped graphics. The inner sleeve was printed two-color, silver metallic and black, with a high-gloss coating. A limited edition cassette was also released containing an alternate version of the album with alternate artwork to match.
The album’s single, “We Are Not Cool”/“Dusk Drinks” was pressed on clear vinyl with black and silver metallic labels.
Photography by Ryan Coseboom
► Stripmall Architecture
Feathersongs For Factory Girls
Halou’s Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom’s second album as Stripmall Architecture was also their first vinyl release. To celebrate the fact, Feathersongs For Factory Girls was released as a double 10” album pressed on white vinyl. The sleeve was also printed with silver metallic ink.
The album had several supplemental releases, including two exclusive CD EPs for the Japanese market, a DVD, a lyric book, a poster set, and a special wooden box to hold all the pieces. All the artwork was compiled into a 12” square hardcover book called Apocalyptic Wonderland.
THE ECHOING GREEN
In Scarlet & Vile
Formed back in 1992, synthpop band The Echoing Green commissioned me to design their seventh album, In Scarlet & Vile, as well as a few digital singles and t-shirts.
THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC
Dynamophone Records, a small San Francisco indie label run by Evan Sornstein relases unusual yet beautiful experimental electronic music. The label commissioned me to design Jorge Mantas’ seventh album as The Beautiful Schizophonic, Belkiss. This was a great oppportunity to work with a gorgeous image by photographer Kristamas Klousch—in fact, it didn’t warrant using any typography on the cover.
DARK DRIVE CLINIC
Noise In My Head
Dark Drive Clinic is John Fryer (producer for Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Love And Rockets, Nine Inch Nails, This Mortal Coil, and many more) and Halou’s vocalist Rebecca Coseboom.
The album, Noise In My Head, was released on CD in the US and the EU, while the vinyl pressing was exclusive to the US. The LP was pressed on 180g vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve.
Needless to say, live music is a key component of experiencing music. I designed several posters for (mostly) local shows here in San Francisco. As an excercise, I tried to use new typography with each new design. Here are a few samples.
DESIGN FOR FILM
“One-sheet” is the Hollywood industry term for movie poster, usually measuring 27” x 40”.
Designs for DVD and Blu-ray packaging. In a streaming world, how are those still a thing?
Great graphic design is the finishing touch and the public face of your project—your hard work deserves and demands it.
Media design is my specialty Throughout my career, I have always been involved in some capacity for various forms of media. From my early work in Los Angeles for nationally circulated magazines Inside Kung-Fu and Yolk, to the music industry with work for several independent musicians as well as for MCA Records and Capitol-EMI (both now under Universal Music Group), to the film industry for Warner Brothers and other independent studios and filmmakers such as the legendary Takashi Miike, to designing for local and national elections at a major consultancy in San Francisco.
As you’ve noticed, highlighted on this website is my work for music and film. These are the types of commissions I’m currently prioritizing, but please do inquire on other projects. You can view further work samples at my Behance page, which includes various other projects such as wine labels, political campaign mail, and election logos.
©2020 Maximillian Mark Medina