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Boreal Network, Itasca Road Trip by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Illustrated record sleeve for Boreal Network's album rerelease Itasca Road Trip, designed by Bedow, Sweden

Nicole Johnson is a Seattle-based Minnesotan creating what Miles Bowe of Fact Magazine describes as “sun-drenched, foggily nostalgic electronica” under the name Boreal Network. Itasca Road Trip is a limited edition vinyl rerelease and trimmed down version of an earlier album by Boreal Network, distributed by More Than Human Records and featuring artwork by Swedish graphic design studio Bedow. Where the album takes an aural tour through the Itasca national park from Nicole’s home in Minnesota, the artwork visualises this through monolinear illustration with plenty of detail and a subtle storytelling component. You can listen to the album here.

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The Playlist Co. by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and cards for Toronto based custom event soundtrack business The Playlist Co. by graphic design studio Blok

The Playlist Co. is a Canadian business providing music management and consulting services, AV construction, live music and playlists for a wide range of spaces and events, nationally and internationally. They are renowned for their encyclopaedic knowledge of music, and have collaborated with a some of Canada’s top hospitality brands, as well as local bars such as Buca, Canoe and Bar Raval.

The Playlist Co. worked with Toronto based graphic design studio Blok to develop a new brand identity that would work across a variety of touch points. These included business cards, posters, stickers and a soon to launch website, linked by a concept described by Blok as having a musicality that mimics the company’s highly curated playlists.

This concept manifests itself subtly in the typesetting of the wordmark and in the blocks of spot colour, inspired by jazz and soul album covers of the past. These blocks are given subtle shifts in tonality and hue as a way to express the power of music, and its ability to transform space and influence emotion.

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The Hope Singers by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Limited edition illustrated record sleeve for The Hope Singers by Bedow

Scandinavian graphic design studio Bedow have recently completed work on the record sleeves for The Hope Singers debut album It’s Time For…, which will be released on the Sing a Song Fighter label as a limited edition LP. Bedow mix a well-illustrated approach with loose hand drawn typography, and applied these using a four colour screen print process across uncoated and unbleached board. The result is cheerful, individual and distinctly crafted.

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