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Letterform Archive: Designing for Musicians

Astro and Letterform Archive partnered up again on the latest exhibit in our gallery, "Between Measures: The Intersection of Music and Design."

To kick off this collaboration we hosted a panel on designing for musicians, featuring artists Mary Banas, James Edmondson and Jason Munn and moderated by Kate Goad, Letterform Archive's assistant librarian. This discussion covered a range of topics including the artists' design process, an in-depth look at their final work, and what it takes to work (and thrive) in this industry.

A bit about the artists:

Mary Banas' recent collaboration with photographer Bao Ngo on Mitski’s Be the Cowboy (2018) was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Recording Package. She designs for bands, institutions and social practices with her independent creative practice YES IS MORE which includes research, teaching and design.

James Edmondson created a phototype inspired poster series for Vulfpeck’s 2017 North American tour and a custom typeface for the band’s ongoing projects. He is a type designer based in Oakland, California and through his foundry OH no Type Co., he creates custom and retail typefaces.

Jason Munn has been designing posters for musicians like Death Cab for Cutie and Leon Bridges for the past 15 years. Since 2010, He has been working under his own name and continues to make posters for shows and tours while also collaborating on projects with companies like Public Bikes, Best Made Co., and Rdio.

We had a great turn out and discussion that night, and a big thanks thanks to everyone that made it out. As always, all proceeds are donated to the Archive in support of their preservation efforts.

We are pleased to announce that Astro Studios and Letterform archive will be working together on our SF Design week event in June, so stay tuned for more about our next collaboration.

About Letterform Archive:

Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, publishing and community. It was founded by Rob Saunders, a collector of the letter arts for over 40 years, as a place to share his private collection with the public.