This Is All We Know

Over the years, Number One Gun has been a source of creative exploration for us. They’ve always been great at essentially giving us free-reign, which has allowed us the room to create some work that we’re really proud of (thanks, Jeff). For this, their newest digital-only release, This Is All We Know, we created a scene made to look like a page cut from a special Twilight Zone Edition of a 1960s Life Magazine. We started with a pre-printed image and added a mysterious mirrored box, nestled into the setting.

The Great Discontent Interview

It’s an absolute honor to be interviewed by The Great Discontent. Cozy up with that brand new iPad from Grandma and have a read. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2013 Top Ten Albums

listen to our playlist over at rdio …

Ryan Clark:

01. Editors - The Weight Of Your Love
Best Track: “What Is This Thing Called Love”
02. Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Best Track: “Biblical”
03. White Lies - Big TV
Best Track: “First Time Caller”
04. CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
Best Track:  ”The Mother We Share”
05. Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune
Best Track: “DNA”
06. Everything Everything - Arc
Best Track: “Kemosabe”
07. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Best Track: “I Need My Girl”
08. London Grammar - If You Wait
Best Track: “Wasting My Young Years”
09. Haim - Days Are Gone
Best Track: “Don’t Save Me”
10. Bastille - Bad Blood
Best Track: “Overjoyed”


Don Clark:

01. Haim - Days Are Gone
Best Track: “Forever”
02. Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune
Best Track: “Alive”
03. Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
Best Track: “New Summer”
04. Beautiful Eulogy - Instruments Of Mercy
Best Track: “You Can Save Me”
05. The Night Marchers - Allez! Allez!
Best Track: “Tropical Depression”
06. Editors - The Weight Of Your Love
Best Track: “What Is This Thing Called Love”
07. JGivens - El v. Envy
Best Track: “Might (Not) Be”
08. CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
Best Track: “Gun”
09. London Grammar - If You Wait
Best Track: “Hey Now”
10. Birds Of Tokyo - March Fires
Best Track: “Lanterns”


Zac Schwiet:

01. Brother - Call
Best Track: “Brother”
02. Andrew Belle - Black Bear
Best Track: “Pieces”
03. One Republic - Native
Best Track: “Can’t Stop”
04. The 1975 - Self-Titled
Best Track: “Heart Out”
05. The Head And The Heart - Let’s Be Still
Best Track: “Shake”
06. Aaron Sprinkle - Water & Guns
Best Track: “Alright”
07. Empire Of the Sun - Ice On The Dune
Best Track: “Surround Sound”
08. Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
Best Track: “Fever”
09. Ivan & Alyosha - All The Times We Had
Best Track: “Running For Cover”
10. The Lone Bellow - Self-Titled
Best Track: “Green Eyes And A Heart Of Gold”


Ryan’s Top Ten Metal:

01. Omnium Gatherum - Beyond
Best Track: “New Dynamic”
02. Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Best Track: “Phantom Limb”
03. Soilwork - The Living Infinite
Best Track: “Tongue”
04. HIM - Tears On Tape
Best Track: “Love Without Tears”
05. Kvelertak - Meir
Best Track: “Bruane Brenn”
06. Extol - Extol
Best Track:  ”Open The Gates”
07. Living Sacrifice - Ghost Thief
Best Track: “The Reaping”
08. Amorphis - Circle
Best Track: “Shades Of Gray”
09. Carcass - Surgical Steel
Best Track: “A Congealed Clot Of Blood”
10. Battlecross - War Of Will
Best Track: “Flesh & Bone”


Water & Guns

Here’s a look at the album cover we created with long-time friend Aaron Sprinkle, for his newest release, Water & Guns. The Album itself is phenomenal, and Aaron, as usual, gave us his unyielding trust to create something with no boundaries but our own imagination. Water & Guns speaks of (among many other things) Aaron’s recent move across the country, and his long journey to complete this record. Our idea was to represent two polarizing landscapes using abstract shapes. In this case, all pre-printed materials from vintage magazines. Buy this record.

IdN Magazine Feature

Is there still a role for designers in the music industry? We’re honored to be amongst 7 studios interviewed and featured in IdN’s Music Graphic issue.

Recorded music has always been packaged, from the very earliest days when wax cylinders came in cardboard tubes, and has therefore always involved designers. In the palmy days of vinyl LPs with sometimes stunning cover art and often erudite liner notes, the presentation was almost as important as the product.

But with the industry morphing so rapidly into the field of digital-download delivery, where do the graphics come in now? This is a burning question for all those working in the area of visually representing music. To see what their answers are, read this feature story, which solicits the views of seven specialist music designers.

Featuring: Telegramme Studio | Invisible Creature, Inc. | IWant Design | Daniel Reed | Matteo Meta | Leif Podhajsky | Giottographica

// Grab a copy here.

We Built This City

We’re excited to reveal our new cover for Minorville, the upcoming album from Nashville’s finest: Derek Minor. With the help of Curtis Clark (or ‘Dad’, as we like to call him), we designed this from the ground up in approx. 2 weeks. With over 100 feet of basswood and baltic birch, Dad took our design and created an entire city in 50 hours. Each structure arrived safely in Seattle, ready to be constructed in the shape of Derek’s profile. When we were initially presented with the challenge of creating this album cover, this was the first concept we pitched – Many thanks to Derek and Reach Records for sending us off and running. Stay tuned for a full comprehensive “Making Of” film coming in the next few weeks, but for now – enjoy the teaser (Processed using VSCO film emulation):

Rescue & Restore


Here’s a look at the recently completed cover for August Burns Red’s new album, Rescue & Restore. The album will be available June 25th on CD, double gatefold vinyl, and limited edition vinyl box set. Pre-orders available soon! We had an absolute blast putting this together. Thanks to JB and the guys for their trust and letting us run crazy with it.

Austin City Limits

Last February, the kind folks at Austin City Limits Music Festival commissioned us to design key art and assets for their infamous 6-day event, which is happening October 4-6 and 11-13. We graciously accepted their request and the new look is now out in the wild. We had a blast compiling all that there is to love about the iconic festival, the city of Austin … and even a little of their historic bat and flag culture. Oh, and Depeche Mode is playing?!


Holy Rebel

New posters for Holy Ghost! and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for this year’s Sasquatch! Festival. Available for purchase at 10AM on May 20th. See them on display at Vermillion in Capitol Hill starting May 18th, 7PM. 21+.

Play Loud

What happens when two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert come together? Grain Audio. Check out the great video and bio over at their Kickstarter page to learn more. Better yet, pledge some of that hard-earned cash and make this dream a reality. The products are beautiful and they sound even better. We even designed a poster to help seal the deal. Go!

Farewell Underøath

Our friends in Underøath asked us to contribute a design dedicated to one show of their upcoming farewell tour. This design (for both poster and t-shirt) specifically commemorates the Houston, TX date of the tour. If you have a chance, don’t miss seeing this band for the last time, and be sure to check out all of the final tour designs created by friends of the band here.

Heroes For Sale

Here’s our album cover for the one, the only Andy Mineo. Heroes For Sale arrives on April 16th. To be continued…

2012 Top Tens

Don Clark:

01. The Jezabels - Prisoner
Best Track: “Rosebud”
02. Lecrae - Gravity
Best Track: “Violence”
03. Paper Route - The Peace Of Wild Things
Best Track: “Two Hearts”
04. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Best Track:  ”I’m Getting Ready”
05. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
Best Track: “Tear It Up”
06. Propaganda - Excellent
Best Track: “Precious Puritans”
07. The Presets - Pacifica
Best Track: “Promises”
08. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
Best Track: “Anything Can Happen”
09. Abandoned Pools - Sublime Currency
Best Track: “Hype Is The Enemy”
10. Derek Minor - PSA, V. 3
Best Track: “Love”


Ryan Clark:


01. The Presets - Pacifica
Best Track: “Fall”
02. Twin Shadow - Confess
Best Track: “Five Seconds”
03. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
Best Track: “Home”
04. O. Children - Apnea
Best Track: “I Know (You Love Me)”
05. The Jezabels - Prisoner
Best Track: “Endless Summer”
06. Night Flight Orchestra - Internal Affairs
Best Track: “1998″
07. Abandoned Pools - Sublime Currency
Best Track: “Sublime Currency”
08. Miike Snow - Happy To You
Best Track: “Garden”
09. Niki & The Dove - Instinct
Best Track: “Somebody”
10. Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe In Hope
Best Track: “Immature”


Zac Schwiet:


01. Abandoned Pools - Sublime Currency
Best Track: “Hype Is The Enemy”
02. Derek Minor - PSA, V. 3
Best Track: “Turn It Up”
03. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
Best Track: “Anything Could Happen”
04. School of Seven Bells - Ghostory
Best Track: “The Night”
05. Lecrae - Church Clothes
Best Track: “Co-Sign”
06. The Shins - Port Of Morrow
Best Track: “Simple Song”
07. Twin Shadow - Confess
Best Track: “Run My Heart”
08. Paper Route - The Peace Of Wild Things
Best Track: “Two Hearts”
09. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Best Track: “Breezeblocks”
10. Shiny Toy Guns - III
Best Track: “Somewhere To Hide”


Ryan’s Top Ten Metal:


01. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
Best Track: “Poltergeist”
02. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life
Best Track: “The Flame”
03. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
Best Track: “Recharger”
04. Katatonia - Dead End Kings
Best Track: “The Racing Heart”
05. Cancer Bats - Dead Set On Living
Best Track: “D.S.O.L.”
06. Gojira - L’Enfant Sauvage
Best Track:  ”L’Enfant Sauvage”
07. Woods Of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Best Track: “Lightning & Snow”
08. Meshuggah - Koloss
Best Track: “The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance”
09. Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
Best Track: “This Cut Is The Deepest”
10. Becoming The Archetype - I Am
Best Track: “The Eyes Of The Storm”



Here’s our cover for KidQuake!, album #4 from Seattle’s mightiest pre-K heroes : The Not-Its! See for yourself – these guys know how to start a serious circle pit.



We had the great pleasure of working once again with Starflyer 59 on their thirteenth full-length album, IAMACEO. As always, working with Jason Martin was an extremely creative and enjoyable experience… and needless to say, the album itself is stellar, so do yourself a favor and pre-order a copy (vinyl & digital download) NOW!

The Loop

We created 3 posters for Morrissey’s upcoming (and now cancelled) tour stops here in the northwest. Seattle, Bellingham and Portland. Sold as a set and individually. In the shop now.

good kid, m.A.A.d city

Congrats to Kendrick Lamar on the success of his epic new LP ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city‘, out now. We worked closely with Kendrick to bring to life his vision for the album art. In stores and on iTunes now.


Always fun to see. Two ESP&G tattoos in the wild. Courtesy of KC Lange and Brandon Green.

Chipotle Cultivate 2012

Last year we had the pleasure of helping our friends at Chipotle launch their first-annual Cultivate Festival. Bringing together food, farmers, chefs, artisans, thought leaders and musicians from around the globe, the festival was a resounding success. So, naturally we were thrilled when they asked us to come back this year. Our mission? To create a fresh and fitting sequel that continued the Cultivate brand we established in 2011.

This year it’s twice the fun with Cultivate happening in Chicago on September 15th and Denver on October 6th. See you there!

What is Cultivate?

The Quiet Life

Here’s the cover we created for the new Anchor & Braille album, The Quiet Life. A&B is the side-project of Anberlin‘s Stephen Christian. Always nice to work with good people. Check out the video for “Find Me” here.


Founded in 2006 by Don & Ryan Clark, Invisible Creature is a
multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio based in Seattle, WA.


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