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How one designer created the “look” of Jazz

Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the early 60s, giving it its signature look in the process.

When asked to visualize what jazz looks like, you might picture bold typography, two tone photography, and minimal graphic design. If you did, you’re recalling the work of a jazz label that single-handedly defined the “look” of jazz music in the 1950s and1960s: Blue Note.

Inspired by the ever present Swiss lettering style that defined 20th century graphic design (think Paul Rand), Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the early 60s, particularly during the hard bop era, and gave it a definitive visual identity through album covers.

Some songs don’t just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs.

Vox — Published on Nov 19, 2018


A Rich, Rich Friend Like You

This photoshop job was commissioned by a friend for an internal company event. The creative brief was essentially “put these five heads on five of these celebrities, ditch the sixth person.”

And it’s a fast five hours of work over four days, compressed into just under four minutes. Designers, fastidious viewers, and anyone on a heavy-duty meth bender will see that, rather than fighting endlessly to wedge several heads into a single photo, I chose to rebuild the whole image from scratch.

The only original elements left in the final image are the two seated bodies/chairs in front (Barbara and Mr. Wonderful) and their chairs, and the (literal) sharks swimming under them. Everything else—the title, the water, the other three bodies—was either googled and heavily-modified or drawn from scratch.

The song is “Rich Friend” by Portugal. The Man. If you like it, do yourself a solid and go goof around with their absolutely brilliant interactive music video at chardonnayandadderall.com.

Portfolio Reel

2018 Portfolio Reel from Ziad Ezzat on Vimeo.

Video made in Adobe Premier by this guy right here.
Music is Popcorn by Hot Butter (duh). Can you believe it’s almost 50 years old?!


Roy Moore for Senate 2017 Official Campaign Soundtrack

In honor of Moore’s senate race, I’ve curated a playlist that’s relevant  to his interests.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Beauty leaves its imprints on the mind. Throughout history, there have been many moments that can never be recovered, but you and I know that they existed.

—Madeleine Thien

SNL: Say What You Wanna Say

Cold World by Jon E.K.

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