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New working space. Hopefully can the wall will fill with ideas.
Custom logo for my clan (North Borneo) in #clashofclans. serious shit.
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BY JORDAN MAINZER
You might know musician Nick Steinhardt from the band Touché Amoré, but he’s a designer by trade. Steinhardt works for Smog Design, a design firm who specializes in print, typography, photography, and packaging. He also designed the cover artwork for one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year: Sunbather by San Francisco black metal titans Deafheaven. However, the pink and white minimal album art (in conjunction with the actual music) has gained a lot of attention for its radical departure from the black metal aesthetic.
I spoke with Steinhardt about his design for Sunbather's cover art and packaging as well as his process, design philosophy, and some of his other work. You can read the transcript, edited for length and clarity, below. All packaging photos are by Kevin Luong.
Jordan Mainzer: For how long have you been doing album art?
Nick Steinhardt: I started doing it out of default with my high school band because I had a little of an art background. My first professional job was in 2005. Now, I do all of the artwork for Touché Amoré
JM: How did you get in contact with Deafheaven?
NS: We played their first show in L.A. It went really well, so I invited them to hang out in L.A., and we’ve been good friends since then.
JM: How did the idea for the Sunbather cover come about?
NS: George and I were brainstorming for a while while Deafheaven was writing [Sunbather]. He sent me the cover for Pulp’s We Love Life, which had a simple typographic cover. It’s like 19th century Victorian type. That was the inspiration for doing something more minimal. I ran with that theme and did a lot of research. When I’m working on a project, I do a lot of research and collect references, and that leads my mind to think where things should go aesthetically. The key of the idea came from that.
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