Every. Wilco. Thing. (16 years of design for Wilco updated)

16 Years of Graphic Design for the band Wilco

16 Years of Graphic Design for the band Wilco

This mosaic is a glance at some results of working closely with Wilco, the Chicago based Grammy-winning rock band (3.3 million albums sold in the U.S.), concepting and designing 7 album packages and myriad other collateral items during a 16-year creative relationship. Including design for "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" Gold-certified, Top 20 album – Wilco’s biggest seller. 

Recognised as one of America's most accomplished and respected bands, it as been an honor and a joy being a part of making design for the art, music, and fans of Wilco. 

RE:DESIGN/Inspire 2013 • A look at two days of creativity

It was an honor and a blast spending a good part of the year planning for two days as symposiarch of the 2013 RE:DESIGN inspire conference. The open theme of inspire, what inspires us and how we stay inspired, allowed for us to have a wonderful spectrum of creative thinkers lead sessions. It was great to discuss with photographers, architects, designers, restauranteurs, artists, Illustrators, art directors, strategists, educators, executives, philanthropists, and creative legends, our methods of creative development. The conference provided a very special place to talk and share on the ever elusive topic of inspiration. This was all made possible by the creativity and generosity of these amazing speakers. 

 

Two inspiring days in October.

Two inspiring days in October.

The always amazing creative team The Heads of State from Philadelphia discuss keys to their process. 

The always amazing creative team The Heads of State from Philadelphia discuss keys to their process. 

Karin Fong, creative director at Imaginary Forces discusses inspiration discovery on her work for Herman Miller furniture.

Karin Fong, creative director at Imaginary Forces discusses inspiration discovery on her work for Herman Miller furniture.

I share a passion for the design history of Concorde, the world's only luxury supersonic aircraft with Nathan Sherdoff, Department Chair of MBA Design Strategy programs at California College of the Arts. We had a joint discussion on the inspiration we take from the topic.

I share a passion for the design history of Concorde, the world's only luxury supersonic aircraft with Nathan Sherdoff, Department Chair of MBA Design Strategy programs at California College of the Arts. We had a joint discussion on the inspiration we take from the topic.

Flight crew for the Concorde session Marlene Franco and Rene Quintanilla. Champagne served to our guests for this talk with Air France Concorde glasses and Champagne buckets. 

Flight crew for the Concorde session Marlene Franco and Rene Quintanilla. Champagne served to our guests for this talk with Air France Concorde glasses and Champagne buckets. 

The conference Pop Up Shop gave conference attendees a chance to take home some of the creativity from session leaders. These silkscreen posters were made to compliment our Concorde session talk.

The conference Pop Up Shop gave conference attendees a chance to take home some of the creativity from session leaders. These silkscreen posters were made to compliment our Concorde session talk.

A Royal Flush of design leaders. Cinthia Wen of Noon SF, Christopher Simmons of MINE, Karin Fong of Imaginary Forces, Noreen Morioka, AIGA LA President and Adams/Morioka.

A Royal Flush of design leaders. Cinthia Wen of Noon SF, Christopher Simmons of MINE, Karin Fong of Imaginary Forces, Noreen Morioka, AIGA LA President and Adams/Morioka.

Session leader, artist and creative director Ashkahn with our second conference keynote, the legendary Creative Director Gary Burden.

Session leader, artist and creative director Ashkahn with our second conference keynote, the legendary Creative Director Gary Burden.

Noreen Morioka, AIGA LA President, Principal/founder at Adams Morioka, our fearless leader, cracks the conference open with her inspiring wit, energy, and creativity.

Noreen Morioka, AIGA LA President, Principal/founder at Adams Morioka, our fearless leader, cracks the conference open with her inspiring wit, energy, and creativity.

The creative genius of Ashkahn on his process, artistic journey and Lono's Sweet Shop.

The creative genius of Ashkahn on his process, artistic journey and Lono's Sweet Shop.

Communication Design Strategist from Teague Cameron Campbell

Communication Design Strategist from Teague Cameron Campbell

The conference was held at two beautiful sites, The Smog Shoppe at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Culver City. 

The conference was held at two beautiful sites, The Smog Shoppe at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Culver City. 

Inspiration at the conference Pop Up Shop.

Inspiration at the conference Pop Up Shop.

A conversation with conference keynote and creative director legend Gary Burden.

A conversation with conference keynote and creative director legend Gary Burden.

Two very amazing days, all due to these wonderful creative minds. 

Noreen Moioka, Partner, AdamsMorioka, Inc. and President, AIGA Los Angeles Adams Morioka, In a dual keynote role with the brilliant Nicole Jacek Creative Director / Founder, NJ(L.A.)™  http://njlatm.com

Bob Aufuldish Partner, Aufuldish & Warinner

Karin Fong Director, Imaginary Forces

Cinthia Wen Principal, NOON

Petrula Vrontikis Creative Director, Vrontikis Design

Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers of The Heads of State

I did a session on the Concorde project in collaboration with Nathan Shedroff, Program Chair, MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts.  www.supersonicsite.com

The amazing photographer Frank Ockenfels 3

Jeff Castelaz President, Elektra Records

 and Co-Founder, The Pablove Foundation

Barbara Bestor, AIA Principal, Bestor Architecture

Heather Parlato, Creative Director, Parlato Design Studio

Matthew Manos, of verynice 

Charlie Hess, Design Director and Photo Editor, Chess Design

Ashkahn Shahparnia Creative Director, ASHKAHN

Jennifer Sterling of Jennifer Sterling Design

Cameron Campbell Communication Design Strategist, Teague

Christopher Simmons, Principal/Creative Director, MINE™

and Evan Kleiman Host, “Good Food” on KCRW and Proprietor and Chef, Angeli Caffe

Ending with a conversation and look at some of the work of Art Director Gary Burden http://garyburdenforrtwerk.com

 

Christopher Simmons and Evan Klienman, host of KCRW's Good Food discuss creativity in the restaurant world.

Christopher Simmons and Evan Klienman, host of KCRW's Good Food discuss creativity in the restaurant world.

The Amazing Solid Sound Festival 2013

The Amazing Solid Sound Festival 2013

Possibly the best summer camp experience for an adult or kid ever. Here at LADdesign we were thrilled to create some design items for Solid Sound, and visit the epic music and arts festival curated by this very special and long time client of ours, Wilco. We've been working with the band in creating graphic design for them for sixteen-years, spanning seven albums.

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Design for House of Waris & Forevermark Diamonds

Photographed in The Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa by Christopher Wray McCann as he follows Waris Ahluwalia on his journey to The Kimberly Diamond mine.

Photographed in The Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa by Christopher Wray McCann as he follows Waris Ahluwalia on his journey to The Kimberly Diamond mine.

HOUSE of WARIS, founded by designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia is strongly influenced by the romance and history of ancient kingdoms. His HOUSE of WARIS jewels, which are coveted by fashion icons and sold at the finest boutiques, bring together old world techniques from India and Italy to hatch timeless creations.

HOUSE of WARIS, founded by designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia is strongly influenced by the romance and history of ancient kingdoms. His HOUSE of WARIS jewels, which are coveted by fashion icons and sold at the finest boutiques, bring together old world techniques from India and Italy to hatch timeless creations.

In 2009, HOUSE of WARIS was nominated for the highly competitive Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2010, the designer was inducted into the CFDA, awarded the NYCEDC/CFDA Incubator grant and placed on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List. Anchored in the land of tradition, yet raised in the ever-changing city of New York, Waris is in a unique position to share with the world an uncommon view.

In 2009, HOUSE of WARIS was nominated for the highly competitive Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2010, the designer was inducted into the CFDA, awarded the NYCEDC/CFDA Incubator grant and placed on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List. Anchored in the land of tradition, yet raised in the ever-changing city of New York, Waris is in a unique position to share with the world an uncommon view.


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The book follows Waris on a journey of discovery, to the origin and source of his materials. Providing a look into the diamond producing process, sharing where diamonds come from, and the impact the industry has on the people and the land. 

The book follows Waris on a journey of discovery, to the origin and source of his materials. Providing a look into the diamond producing process, sharing where diamonds come from, and the impact the industry has on the people and the land.