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Sunset til Sunrise presents How Strange 3


This is the design I did for Sunset til Sunrise’s event “How Strange 3“. The event is taking place in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, September 10th, 2011. The location will be posted closer to the event and you can find it on FaceBook or (our website) Lolli.org. I posted the images pretty large this time so I’m not going to write out the entire lineup because it’s huge.

This was a challenging design for me to do. When Tall told me he wanted me to do the design I started compiling a TON of random, fun images, and had the intent to collage them together in a crazy, random, fun design. About 2 days before we needed to go to print, changes were made (of course) in the size of the final printed piece as well as additions to the lineup. This meant that anything I had worked on would of course need to be majorly adjusted. Not an issue, I’m quite accustomed to working under the wire. I mean, I might as well live under that wire.

In reworking my original concept, I began to move in a new direction. Not just compiling various images together to create a cool and cohesive layout, but really creating my own art for the piece. Now you can get into what a graphic designer does vs what an artist does until you’re blue in the face. I consider myself first and foremost to be a graphic designer. I’m not the best at fine art. Well, let me rephrase that. It’s not that I don’t have skill there… but I wouldn’t position myself as strongly to someone that I could deliver what they wanted on a fine art level as much as I would graphic design. I digress… Anyways. Somewhere between the hours and 1 and 3am, while drowning in some deep tech house, I began to create the world you see in the design.

Where did it come from? No freaking clue. A lot was inspired by things I’ve seen, things I’d want to see. I could say that it might be somewhat inspired by the video of one of my favorite songs: “Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells. (Seriously, it’s a great song. Check it out.) All I know is that when I felt I was done, I sat back and thought to myself, “Wow. I actually like this. No, I love this. This is actually me.”

I have found myself struggling with “rave art” lately, and my place in it, the direction other designers are taking it, etc. Truthfully there are a lot of people out there that can do what I do, can do it better, can do it differently. But it seems that what the big name promoters are all going  for lately all looks the same… and that design style just isn’t me. You know, I loved 90’s and early 2000’s rave art because it was just that… art. It wasn’t about how colorful you could make it, if it could glow in the dark, if it was on super glossy paper, if you used 3-d graphics, any of that. It was truly about an artist creating the promoter’s vision of the event. It was art that could easily be translated into just a poster. Strong imagery, simple and straightforward typography.

About 2 years ago is when I noticed my design really make a shift towards this current “in” style of rave design (bright colors, 3-d, puke puke puke). During that time of course I referenced a lot of other rave designs, therefore my stuff has looked very similar, because face it, I wanted the work, and I wanted to give people what they wanted. I think I’m at a point now where I have the freedom (and client base) to do my own thing and truly stop conforming just because that’s what’s “in” right now. I mean, we’re artists. Being different is what makes us who we are. Trying to be someone else (or even design like someone else) will always be harder than just being yourself.

I’m excited to start this new path. I know that this whole write up probably means more to me as a brain dump than anyone else reading it. To be honest, if you’ve made it this far without thinking I’m nuts, I’ll give you a cookie or a shot or something the next time I see you. I DIGRESS yet again. Anyhow. Look for changes in the future, cause they’re a comin’.

NEXNAP & Erin O Studios present A Night out for St. Jude at the Rivers Casino

This is the promotional piece for an event being thrown by NEXNAP and Erin O Studios to benefit St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. It will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Wheelhouse at the Rivers Casino. This should be a really great night, with great music by B.Rich, 7UP, Keeb$, Chico, and Clevr. Artists will be present displaying work including Erin Cooper, Jennifer Strimel, Moze, Robert Hooton, April Hogue, and Bill Rizzo. The host of the evening is Verbs. This is the Wheelhouse’s first fundraising event. A really cool part of the evening is that with your $10 entry donation to St. Jude’s, the casino will put $10 of casino cash on your Players Club card. So make sure to register at the Players Club desk before you make it over to the wheelhouse! I am really looking forward to this great evening!!!

B.A.D. Ass. presents JUPITER

jupiter_bad_ass_sara_lolli_orgI’m late getting this one posted… been preoccupied with the Kool-Aid Man costume! Anyhow this is small, but its the flyer I did for B.A.D. Ass.’s Jupiter party. It’s the 5th party in the planetary series, and the first of the gas giants. Its being held at a new awesome venue, the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena. I haven’t had a chance to check out this venue yet, but I’ve heard nothing but great things. We’ll probably check out this party, as Pikey will be there. Pikey is an extremely entertaining DJ from the UK who has a very eclectic style, but more importantly he’s a very down to earth guy who’s great to kick it with. Anyways, we did this flyer a bit differently and made it twice the width of the previous flyers. Its a folding piece, so that when folded resembles the fronts of the other flyers. Sorry for my lack of grammatical intellect tonight… I’m a bit tired! Anywho.. that’s about enough of that. Go to this party… it will be awesome. Oh and for the 21+, it has a bar. Mmmmm… beer….

Full House & Subdivision present FULL HOUSE DIVISION featuring MARY ANNE HOBBS

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Full House & Subdivision present FULL HOUSE DIVISION featuring Radio 1 DJ MARY ANNE HOBBS. I apologize for getting this up late. This was another great event. I like to see the Shadow Lounge used for 21+ events, and definitely think it should be used more frequently in the future. Mary Anne delivered a great set. I can’t wait to get my autographed flyer back from Sean Kirby 🙂 Thanks Sean!