Creative Allies alumni, Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be featured on the 45th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. Designed by Terrance Osborne, this marks the first time a musical group has been featured as part of the artwork.
Music videos are short films, integrating song and imagery that have continuously evolved from the feature films of The Beatles in the 1960′s, to the single track videos that began airing on MTV back in 1981. However, they remain the same at their core: a narrative somehow strengthened by the song the video depicts. The band is usually seen, even if for only a moment. And they are all, well, video: moving images for a set period of time. When a band wants to break out of this decades’ old norm, they end up working with Jonas Odell. (more…)
Romanian-born, Portugal-based designer Nicolae Negura works under the name cucubaou and turns out thoughtful-yet-edgy illustrations with a distinctly European flair. And, with two winning designs (for Nelly Furtado and Alpine) along with a slew of Editor’s Choice designs throughout 2013, he has been named our newest Ally of the Year.
“Thank you to all the Creative Allies crew, for this and other great opportunities,” said Negura.
See the interview below for more on where he finds inspiration and his background in art and design.
Hayley Leaf (aka leafo) won Heart’s Creative Allies contest during the summer of 2012, and she followed it up this year by winning the KT Tunstall tour art competition in July. With those projects to show, Leaf has kept busy as plenty of local Manchester, England bands approached her for help. “It’s great because I’ve always admired band artwork and collected many books on this such as Gig Posters,” Leaf says. “To think that I am now getting the opportunity to design these myself is absolutely brilliant.” (more…)
Dyck talked with Creative Allies to share his where he finds inspiration, including some unexpected forums. (more…)
Ivan Sciberras a designer from the rural village of Gharghur in Malta, creates bold, graphic images imbued with shadow and light. His winning submissions for Creative Allies include haunting works for Counting Crows and Dan Reardon. Angular, saturated pieces for Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jessie Ware strike a different chord but are just as engaging.
Which Creative Ally inspired you in 2013?
The Ally of the Year Award is our way of thanking the most active members of the Creative Allies community whose art was of the highest quality and creativity throughout the year. Help us select our 2013 winner. (more…)