Additional Work Samples for Merge Records
10x Top Ten Albums Project
For the past year two years I have been running a growing project around redesigning my top ten favorite albums of the year. This project has become a testbed for me to explore the varied aesthetics of album art, and expanded to include nine other designers this year.
View the full project at 10x2015.com
Earlier this year I worked on album art and accompanying promotional materials for the new release by Aloha.
My brother and I started Soundsupply as a way to help our friend's bands reach a broader audience and get paid for their music. Here is how we described Soundsupply:
Soundsupply is the internet’s first artist-friendly, discovery platform that distributes the best new music to fans while providing the strongest support to artists. We curate a collection of awesome content, then digitally bundle it all together as a "Drop" for easy downloading. Drops go on sale for a low price, but only for a limited time.
￼10-album bundles, sold for 10 days, for just $15.
￼Fans gets a ton of music for a ridiculous price. Artists get paid the one of the highest royalty rates in the industry within a few days of the sale ending.
Soundsupply was seed funded by Groupon's VC arm, Lightbank. With funding we were able to expand to releasing curated vinyl bundles, which became a staple of the business. Soundsupply ran it's course over three years and recently shut down operations. Through this experience I learned first hand how the music industry works, and sometimes does not work, as a business.
I handled every visual aspect of the company, from branding to web.
"Even the most well meaning startups focusing on music discovery often neglect a growing industry concern—paying artists. It's a nagging problem that doesn't seem to have a good solution. That’s where Soundsupply comes in. The company markets itself as another service to help you discover your next favorite band, but they’re really after a much bigger goal: Changing the music buying process as we know it, and paying artists in the process."
My entrypoint into design was through screen-printing posters and record jackets for my friend's bands. Here are just a few recent prints.