Lately I've been honing in on my Wes Anderson obsession in order to design an album cover for a friend. I'm completely obsessed (from a design standpoint) with Wes Anderson films. They are beautiful. Although in art school we considered Futura to be a "Type I" typeface, I still use it when it fits and I don't feel bad about it. It's all thanks to Wes and his brilliance.
This particular album is very personal and nostalgic. My immediate thought when sitting down to sketch went to the movie The Royal Tenenbaums. Everything about this movie, from the colors, to the typography, to the costumes, to the plot line, even to the music, is nostalgic. (Not to mention it is one of my all-time favorite movies.) This is one of the many reasons I am so inspired by the style of Wes Anderson. If you hadn't figured it out by now, I'll let you in on a little secret: I like old things. Nostalgia is a word that describes my views and interests in the art world pretty well. Not only does it reminds me of my own childhood, (my parents like old things, too), but it reminds me of memories from all over. The stories that come with an old Ramones vinyl, or a postcard from 1948, or even a colorful game piece from an old version of The Game of Life; these are what make it so interesting and so personal. Wes Anderson manages to capture this essence to a point where I can relate to the design of his films, not just the plot line.
And isn't storytelling what being a designer is all about?
My album design will be on the website soon!