Category Archives: Music and Entertainment

Fillmore poster art, part 1: A brief history

July 23rd, 2013 By Creative Allies In Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Promotional concert posters for shows at The Fillmore (first the Fillmore Auditorium and then Fillmore West) document the history of rock music, the ’60s and the psychedelic era.

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How Andy Pritiken entered a contest and won a career

July 9th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Ally Spotlight, Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment One Comment

Initially skeptical of design contests, artist Andy Pritiken entered the call to create a logo for Charlottesville, VA-based progressive roots community, Rootfire. Pritiken won, and more than two years later, he is still working with the company. In fact, Rootfire just tasked

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Beware of Darkness: Ancient themes for modern times

July 1st, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Los Angeles-based alt-rock band Beware of Darkness formed in 2010 as the project of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Nicolaides and drummer Tony Cupito. Below, Nicolaides talks about merch desisgn, the Beware of Darkness merch design contest, held through Creative Allies, as well

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Creative Allies Backstage at Bonnaroo

June 20th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Music and Entertainment, Site News No Comments

Creative Allies joined music fans from around the country for this year’s Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival featuring performances from Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, Jack Johnson, and more. With over 80,000 tickets sold and over 200 bands on 11

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Something old, something new: Letterpress posters

June 11th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

My first encounter with letterpress was in the mid-90s, at a craft fair. It was a poster by Yee-Haw Industries (then known to me as the cool stuff that my college roommate’s sister made). And while I don’t remember

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The Evolution of the Merch Booth

June 4th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Design, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Along with the rest of the music business, the merch booth — that sanctuary of stickers and shirts —  is also in flux. Unlike sales of recorded music (which are dismal), merchandise is booming. In October of last year, Billboard.biz reported, “U.S. album

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Music is my speed: Greg Mike on Camp Bisco, blacklight art and what “Neon Native” means to him

May 29th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Contests, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Artist and designer Greg Mike is the founder and creative director of Atlanta-based multi-platform studio ABV, and serves as art director for, electronic music festival, Camp Bisco. He grew up in Connecticut where he found inspiration in skate culture and was

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Moonlighting: Musicians as visual artists

May 23rd, 2013 By Creative Allies In Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

We often think of the muse as a single-minded inspiration. It (she? he?) brings songs to songwriters, colors to painters, shapes to sculptors and images to photographers. Or something like that. But it turns out that art begets art,

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Step into the blacklight

May 10th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music and Entertainment No Comments

Fireflies, ocean phosphorescence, those glow-in-the-dark stars that stick to the ceiling: most of us learn as children that  glow in the dark things are always cool. And the blacklight art of the 1960s borrowed a page (if not consciously)

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New albums, classic visuals

May 6th, 2013 By Creative Allies In Design, Music and Entertainment No Comments

The aesthetic of a band is is made of more than just the sounds on their album. It’s also encompasses their live performances, the band’s interviews, their website, their social networks and their cover art.  When a music fan first tries

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