Under the Iron Sea Album Art Interview

I seem to be on a muzak kick this week. Sanna Annukka illustrated the new album by Keane, Under the Iron Sea. On Keane’s web site there’s an interview with her. The interview is divided into three parts, about her work, the process for the actual album and inspirations.

There’s the obvious questions about did she listen to the album which she replies “I must have listened to the album at least a hundred times by now. I think it’s a very strong collection of songs and it certainly had an influence on my artwork. I had never really listened to any of Keane’s previous stuff apart from ‘Bedshaped’. I was familiar with that song, so I wasn’t totally aware of what to expect from their second album. I have to say my favorite songs from the new album are ‘A Bad Dream’ and ‘Try again,’ I think they are excellent.” And to the question of a booklet telling a story “Basically, I created lots of elements (illustrations) inspired from each of the songs and the plan was to merge all the elements into a surreal world or a dream sequence. There is no definite narrative but lots of little ones that merge in and out of each other. I want the viewer to keep noticing new things in the sequence.”

And if you’re wondering, the album is pretty good and yes I did listen to it while writing this post.

You can read the interview at www.keanemusic.com/keane/sanna.html and www.zeegenrush.com

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The Robot Show in Calgary

It sure seems like if you’re a designer and like to be active, UPPERCASE would be the first place to visit if you head to Calgary. Aside from the cool poster, the Robot Show looks pretty neat. Below is more info that I received in an e-mail newsletter.

The Robot Show opens this Thursday, from 6 – 10 pm.
Co-curated by Janine Vangool & Mike Kerr
Featuring robots in art, illustration, kinetic sculpture, books, toys and film!

Toby Cougar, Calgary
AJ Dimarucot, Manila
Mark Dulmadge, Calgary
Doug Fraser, Victoria
Ryan Heshka, Vancouver
James Jensen, Calgary
Mike Kerr, Calgary
Aaron Leighton, Toronto
Renata Liwska, Calgary
Patricio Oliver, Buenos Aires
Don Post, Calgary
Rick Sealock, Toronto
Janine Vangool, Calgary

If you go to their site at www.uppercasegallery.ca you can get more info on each contributor.

Roloson’s Goalie Mask

In the spirit of combining design and hockey today, I present one of the coolest designed masks that I’ve seen in some time. Designed by Myers Mask Design, Dwayne Roloson’s goalie mask sports a gold plated cage and some nice graphics. When Dwayne came to Edmonton he was wearing a blank white mask which concerned me. Was it a visual cue that he wasn’t going to stay too long? Thankfully that wasn’t the case and he’s brought some amazing victories in this playoff run for the Edmonton Oilers.

There’s also a podcast video talking about the mask, to watch it, do a search on iTunes podcast directory and type in “Edmonton Oilers”.

Tina’s Back

After taking a couple weeks off to deliver a beautiful baby girl, swissmiss is back to fine form. Be sure to say hello at http://swissmiss.typepad.com

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