Forgot your password?   Forgot your username?   Create an account

Login
Login
16
May
2017

Nice to meet you Marc Bessant . Visit Real World Studio

posted in Nice to meet you | Life & travels  at 1.38 PM from Mr Cup Studio / France listening Peter Gabriel !
realworld mrcup 002
 
Last week I had the chance to visit the Real World Studio! It was like a dream come true to me, as I discover the place in the 90's following Peter Gabriel creative world! I was invited to visit the place by Marc Bessant, the in-house designer who works for the music label and all the related projects of the studio! Marc shows me the place and invited me to met all the team and show me the treasures he has in his office: the original artworks and photos were done by Storm Thorgerson for Peter Gabriel first albums. For those who do not know him, he is the man behind the Pink Floyd album sleeves, including the most famous: Dark side of the Moon! It was amazing to see in real this work done 40 years ago for the oldest! I took a lot of photos, of course, and the best way to show them to you is to share here the interview I have done with Marc for the Walter magazine volume 2.
 
realworld mrcup 02
 
realworld mrcup 05
 
realworld mrcup 06
 
realworld mrcup 07
 
realworld mrcup 11
 
Can you please introduce yourself?
Like many people, on leaving school I was unsure what to do with my life – I always wanted to be an actor but circumstances at that time meant it was not to be, music and art were the only other passions I had. So after a short musical interlude in London, I put pen to paper designing album covers/t-shirts/posters for local bands. Soon I noticed that all that loud music had not only affected people’s ears but also their eyes. As excited as I was about design, I couldn’t make ends meet. Eventually I got a job in a small printing firm in Bristol (which I enjoyed immensely) which taught me a lot about the process involved, something which later I would be grateful for. Then in 2000 I received a call from Real World asking me to bring my portfolio in for a viewing, I cobbled a book together and took it along...
Can you present Real World to people that may not know it?
Real World was set-up by Peter Gabriel in the 1980s, primarily as a recording facility for bands from all over the world that ordinarily wouldn’t get heard by the masses. It grew into a record label, festival creator (WOMAD), design department, multimedia centre and ultimately a place where ideas could take shape without the corporate eye over your shoulder. I work in one of the many buildings here at Real World (my office is directly above the main recording studio) where I do all the art and design for Real World records and, when possible, deal directly with the musicians involved.
 
realworld mrcup 29
 
realworld mrcup 30
 
realworld mrcup 31
 
realworld mrcup 37
 
realworld mrcup 39
 
realworld mrcup 40
 
In 2002, you have worked directly with Peter Gabriel, for the UP album. Can you talk about this?
I wanted to give a hefty nod back to the early albums which Hypgnosis had designed and in which Peter’s face had been distorted or melted (or both) – Peter was up for that too. The cover was taken by Susan Derges by firing drips of water in front of Peter’s ace then photographing them. Peter’s blurred face is there in the background and sharp yet distorted in all the little blobs of water which acted as tiny lenses. He also wanted to include his love for photography, the original idea was to send various tracks to various photographers and see how they interpreted it. But time was against us so instead we did it the other way round where we looked at lots of photography until Peter saw pictures that he felt were connecting with the songs.
 
You are now in charge of the anniversary edition of old Peter Gabriel’s work, So box set first. How does a designer approch a project like this one, as the design is very minimalist?
 It wasn’t easy, I mean it was already ‘complete’ and held, rightly so, in such high esteem by the design business that it was like being asked to sprinkle glitter on the Crown Jewels. I thought it best to add as little design to the package as possible as there was really no point. Peter wanted to have little icons which were based on the drawings on his song-notes from the time, which became the glyphs on the spine of the box and the deboss on the 12-inch’s but other than that I was keener to make the upgrade with materials rather than designers ‘marks’, that way keeping Peter Saville’s original classy minimal vibe throughout yet still having some sense of progression of a new product.
 
realworld mrcup 16
 
realworld mrcup 18
 
realworld mrcup 19
 
realworld mrcup 23
 
realworld mrcup 25
 
realworld mrcup 27
 
realworld mrcup 20
 
realworld mrcup 21
 
You also work on the reissue of the first Peter Gabriel’s solo album on special double vinyl. The first three albums have very famous sleeves, with photos done by Storm Thorgerson. For those who do not know him, he is the man behind the Pink Floyd album sleeves, including the most famous: Dark side of the Moon. Did you meet with Storm and did you have access to the archives for this redesign?
This was good fun to work on, those first album sleeves are great. I grew up looking at them in books so it was wonderful to get hold of the original artwork and rephotograph it, clean it up and finally put it together on the Mac. I have met Storm but long before this re-issue project arose. I dealt directly with his office for some of the original works but on the whole Peter (Gabriel) had most of the pieces already in his archive.
What’s the next project you are impatient to work on?
Depending on when this goes out, I’m not sure I can talk about it yet. I know Peter has some new music and ideas for live shows which are always good to work on. I have the next set of Peter’s vinyl re-issues to do to as well as all the other stuff (in and out of Real World) I’m involved with like the Peter's music for films (Passion or Birdy) as well as Real World albums.Right now I’m not impatient, just grateful to be busy.
 
realworld mrcup 12
 
realworld mrcup 13
 
realworld mrcup 15
 
Thanks Marc for the visit ! Don't be sad, I will come back ! 
 
realworld mrcup 36
 
Read the full interview in Walter Magazine volume 2
 
waltermag2 mrcup 43
 
waltermag2 mrcup 45
 
09
May
2017

Nice to meet you : Territory studio

posted in Nice to meet you | Music & Movies  at 9.48 PM from Home (near Arles) / France
territory mrcup 01
 
Last week I was in London to work at Territory Studio. I met David Sheldon-hicks, creative director of the studio, at Offf 2 years ago and we have a project in mind together since then! We are working on it, so I hope I can share it with you soon. Territory studio is famous for their work on movies graphics such as Guardians of the galaxy or Avengers. Here comes some photos I did in the studio (even if it was hard to take pictures because I see a lot of secret project on these screens !) that I play with... and their work on the first Guardians... More soon !
 
territory mrcup 02
 
territory mrcup 03
 
territory mrcup 04
 
territory mrcup 05
 
territory mrcup 06
 
territory mrcup 07
 
It seems time stop on January 22th 2015 in the studio ! 
 
territory mrcup 08
 
territory mrcup 09
 
territory mrcup 12
 
territory mrcup 11
 
territory mrcup 10
 
territory mrcup 13
 
territory mrcup 14
 
14
April
2017

Offf with Adobe : portraits by AKUsepp

posted in Nice to meet you  at 9.47 PM from Home (near Arles) / France
 offfbyakusepp mrcup 02

What happens when you put a bunch of designers together in a city like Barcelona?

They have to do something together! I was invited by Adobe at Offf for the second year. Sebastien Spasic, known as AKUsepp on Instagram, starts shooting portraits of guests and speakers last year, as I show in this post. For this year, we want to push it further. We start with pictures with an object but after the first one, I think it would be even cooler if each of us personalizes the photo to show his work and style : pixel art, lettering, illustration... this is the result of the pictures done over 2 days!

Click each picture to know more on each creative! 
 offfbyakusepp mrcup 01
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 03
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 04
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 05
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 06
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 07
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 08
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 09
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 10
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 11
 
offfbyakusepp mrcup 12
 
I also was invited to share about the letterpress calendar and Walter magazine wiht Rufus Deuchler on Adobe live, a video you can see on youtube! 
 
mrcup adobelive
 
While I talk about OFFF, my friend Alessio Carone shoot some nice pictures, here comes a little selection, see more here.
 
offfalessio mrcup 01
 
offfalessio mrcup 02
 
offfalessio mrcup 03
 
offfalessio mrcup 04
 
offfalessio mrcup 05
 
offfalessio mrcup 06
 
Thanks again Adobe ! 
10
April
2017
vasava mrcup 03
 
I am back from Off Festival, my 3td time there and always the same feeling: super inspired! As last year I was invited by Adobe France, who do the things well: putting all these creatives in the same hotel, bus and restaurants can only bring some great ideas! I will talk about that later. Let starts with Vasava. We were invited there to visit their amazing studio. I could not shoot really decent pictures because we were 50 peoples visiting, but I want to found a way to share the experience! I found them on google map, so here come some screen captures!
 
I already present their great book they design for the Offf festival 2 years ago. 
 
vasava mrcup 01
 
vasava mrcup 02 2
 
vasava mrcup 04
 
vasava mrcup 05
 
vasava mrcup 06
 
vasava mrcup 07
 
vasava mrcup 08
 
Here comes a small selection of their projects... very small because they have done so much things... Including the great socks they give us (and my daughter stole me at the minute I show them to her)!
 
vasava mrcup 09
 
vasava mrcup 10
 
vasava mrcup 11
 
vasava mrcup 12
 
vasava mrcup 13
 
vasava mrcup 14
 
vasava mrcup 15
 
vasava mrcup 16
 
vasava mrcup 17
 
vasava mrcup 18
 
vasava mrcup 19
 
vasava mrcup 20
 
vasava mrcup 21
 
vasava mrcup 22
 
vasava mrcup 23
 
vasava mrcup 24
 
Visit the studio here and see more of their work at www.vasava.es

Credits & infos

All image layouts and written content by Fabien Barral otherwise noticed. Please be responsible and give credit when credit is due. Thank you. All photos "by MrCup" must also be credited and linked to the original post. I ask that you do not use my exact layouts or designs without permission or without noting its origins on your post. MrCup® is a registered trademark of SARL BARRAL CREATIONS®, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

I only highlight products that I would be likely to use personally.

 

NOW WE KNOW EACH OTHER, WE SHOULD STAY IN TOUCH :