Abstraction, camouflage, geometry and science fiction.
I was approached by Hyperdub in 2009 to start producing artwork for some of their releases. Up until then most of the artwork imagery for each release had been provided by each artist, but that made it difficult to sustain a consistent visual style. Label owner Kode9 is a big fan of Maharishi clothing and as I’d worked there as a designer he was interested in chatting about ideas on how Hyperdub’s look could be developed.
We began by talking about using pixelated camouflage patterns as a way of bringing a modern and urban aesthetic to the sleeves, and we used this idea for the 5th birthday releases. Since then I’ve tried to develop my interest in geometric patterns and colour interaction to create a variety of images that both stand on their own and also complement one another.
I first started doing sleeve work for Warp back in 2001, laying out Aphex Twin’s album Drukqs
. Since then I’ve provided artwork for Squarepusher, Nightmares on Wax and Chris Morris, as well as designing the final incarnation of the Warpmart website before it merged with Bleep.
My longest standing collaborator at Warp has been Mark Pritchard and in addition to his Harmonic 313 project, which explored patterns inspired by op art and camouflage. I’ve also done the artwork for his releases on Big Dada, Hyperdub and Ho Hum.
Although I’ve known Mike Paradinas since he first started releasing music on Rephlex and helped on the layout for his debut album, it wasn’t until 2010 that I did any design work for his label Planet Mu. The sleeves shown here are for footwork artists DJ Nate and Traxman.
Citinite is a label I started in 2006, working with artists such as Jimmy Edgar, Spoek Mathambo, Gosub and Dâm-Funk. As a lot of the music is inspired by electro and funk from the 80s so the overall visual aesthetic is also rooted in that period.
When a pattern consists of small, incremental changes I’ve found that it’s best to keep it monochrome, as colour can be distracting, and Public Information gave me a platform to explore a couple of ideas.
The first designs that I did for Bleep were event posters and flyers. More recently I’ve worked with them on t-shirts and limited edition posters, sold on their store.
I was lucky to have been asked to exhibit some of my work at the 2011 Unsound festival. The following year I designed these two posters for events in New York.