Automatic Music Can be Fun is an album by Mike Brown & Zac Decamp (who form the band Geneseo) about personal experiences in Upstate New York. The unique fold-out package features lyrics hidden beneath scratch-off material. I designed layout, typography, textures, illustrations & created a short poem from the cut-out areas where the lyrics peek though which the band used to create a secret 11th song. The album has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package 2014. Read on for the full scoop!
The package for Geneseo’s album is like one big scratch-off ticket. The band’s name and other illustrative elements are printed in scratch-off material. And if you want to read along with the lyrics to the ten songs on the record, you’ll have to do some scratching off to get to them.
But here’s the cool part… as part of the design process, the art directors selected key words and phrases from each of the album’s ten songs and kept them uncovered. When read together, the selected words and phrases create poetry.
These “composite” lyrics were shared with the band, serving as inspiration for a new track… a song born directly from the design of the packaging. Geneseo wrote music to accompany the new set of lyrics, and then recorded this eleventh song, titling it “Automatic Music Can Be Fun.”
When you follow clues included in the packaging, you’re led to a free download of the design-inspired bonus track at AutomaticMusicCanBeFun.com.
CLIENT: Mike Brown & Zac Decamp
ART DIRECTION: Myself, Brian Grunert, Mike Brown & Zac Decamp
Photo Documentation courtesy of IMG_INK
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My pal Kevin Jay Stanton & I have created, curated, art directed & now launched 1001 Knights!
1001 Knights! is a massive 3-volume anthology project focusing on creating people-positive characters with feminist overtones. Please check it out & spread the word!
So Honored & super excited to share my recent interview with the BBC about my design/illustration work for Star Wars! Check it out: LINK!
Pleased to announce I am now working as an Art Director at Sony Music Entertainment!
And my work for Automatic Music Can Be Fun was recently featured in Communication Arts 2014 Design Annual!!
I’ve been helping direct (and have some art) in the newly successfully funded shojo anthology, Hana Doki Kira along with some amazing artist friends!
Hi. I’m ANNIE STOLL, and I’m an explorer. I’m also a DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR
but I’ve left behind the ice and snow for the concrete jungles, bright night skies and killer graphic design of NYC. I draw, paint, splatter, code, cut, scratch and collage my way through life, and you’ll find me in my element when knee-deep
in hand-made typography and print based designs.
Last year, I was nominated for a Grammy along with my White Bicycle comrades for design work on Automatic Music Can Be Fun. I currently work at Sony Music Entertainment as an art director. I’ve freelanced for Lucasfilm for merchandise as well as illustrations for Sabine: My Rebel Sketchbook. I always have a few other gigs going on, too. Recent folks include Studio Fun, Random House & Anne Geddes.
You’ll find all of my credentials HERE. I’m always up for a new adventure.
- Work featured in Communication Arts 2014 Design Annual
- 2014 GRAMMY Nomination for
Best Recording Package
- Invited to a Salon Night with
Stefan Sagmeister January 2013
- We Love Fine Runner Up
- ADDY AWARDS ’12 : 1 Silver
- New York Comic Con LOTR 2nd Place
- ADDY AWARDS ’09 : 2 Gold, 2 Silver
- ADDY AWARDS ’08 : 1 Gold
- Daemen College President’s Award
- Visual & Performing Arts
- Daemen College Student Leadership Award
- Don Nichols Scholarship
- Brainstorm Portfolio Review Winner
- BBC Culture Interview Interview
- Coffee with Kenobi Podcast Interview
- The Wookie Gunner Interview
- The Force. Net Interview
- Children of the Force Podcast Interview
- Tosche Station Podcast Interview (s)
- Complex News Coverage
- Daily Venus Diva Red Carpet Fashion
- USAToday Red Carpet Fashion
- ONTD Red Carpet Fashion
- LA Times Interview
- YNN Interview
- The Globe News Coverage
- Font Feed Article Feature
- Creative Review Article Feature
- Common Folk Collective Article Feature
- WGRZ News Coverage
- Rochester Insomniac News Coverage
- Business First News Coverage
- Daemen Voice Interview
- Coverlovers Grammy Review
- Buffalo News Grammy Coverage
- The LCN Article 1, Article Two
- Adobe Cloud : InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Bridge
- Art Direction for music, photography & print
- CSS / HTML/Jquery/Wordpress
- Corel Painter
- Microsoft Office
- Traditional Media: paint (oil, watercolor, & acrylic) collage, ink, copic markers, letterpress, silk screen
Sony Music Entertainment
& Arcade Creative: Columbia, RCA, Epic, Legacy, Masterworks, MTA, American Express
Freelance: Lucasflim, Studio Fun, Random House/ Crown Publishing, Anne Geddes, Daemen College, Left on Red, The Chocolate Revolution, Otakorp, Atomic Robo, Trio House Press
With White Bicycle: Ani DiFranco & Righteous Babe Records, Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, Buffalo Arts Studio, Mike Brown, Music in Action, O.A.R., Phillip Burke, Anne Heaton, Anaïs Mitchell
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