Solid Sound Festival Branding, Behind the Scenes.

When Wilco was first starting the now-well loved and respected Solid Sound Festival back in 2009/2010, we were asked to do some initial concepts for how this unique festival could be branded and presented to the public. The gallery below shows some of the process we experimented with, from pencil roughs all the way to…

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Wilco Has a New Ride, “The Detroit Arrow”

It’s always a pleasure to work with Wilco and management on creative projects. In this particular case we wanted something bike-centric because… well, because bikes are awesome. A study conducted back in 2007 showed that exercise boosts brainpower and that cycling is also great for your heart, helps lose fat, helps prevent cancer, reduces stress,…

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Winner – Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual: East Coast

Print Magazine announced winners in the 2016 Regional Design Awards Winners from the East. Wilco’s book has been selected as a winner of the 2016 Print Magazine Regional Design Annual.”Beyond the Fleeting Moment: Wilco Concert Posters 2004–2014″. According to Print Mag’s site, “The Regional Design Awards is America’s preeminent design competition.” We can’t claim credit…

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Alabama Shakes Poster Process

Here’s a sneak peek at the process to print the official poster for Alabama Shakes sold out night in Vancouver, BC. Printed masterfully by Fairweather Press in Oregon. Can’t say enough about Justin and his amazing ability with inks, paper and making details matter! The overprints came out beautifully. Our good buddies Speedball Inks were…

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Wilco Poster Process.

Please indulge us in a little process post for The Silent P’s latest poster art created for the amazing band Wilco. For those with shorter attention spans, below is the entire process represented in a handy image gallery. Below the gallery is a more expansive detailed description of the process. We’d like to thank Dan…

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Love & Mercy & Design

Recently got to watch (and thoroughly enjoy) the new Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy”.  Any fans of The Beach Boys, Wilson or music in general will likely enjoy this well done film. I’m also a big appreciator of the poster art & website for the film, seen below in the gallery. Watching it also…

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The Silent P’s New Sketch Books Are Ready for Action.

We recently made these new sketchbooks (scrap books, notepads, etc) out of acid-free paper (50 sheets in each!) bound with aluminum grommets (great band name btw) and then sandwiched the paper with French Paper printed poster stock from some we had around the studio. Each sketchpad will be unique – all depends on the crop…

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Tools of the Trade…

Here’s a little preview from a photo shoot we did with Darin Back recently. Darin has shot a lot of photos of a lot of things, many of which are people, like Paul Westerburg (best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter in The Replacements), Charlie Mars,  Mark Olson (one of the founding members…

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What if Draplin Designed it?

For the record: I love all things Draplin. Aaron Draplin is a very talented graphic designer – one of our faves – a great & funny communicator as well (a couple classics can be found here and here – FYI, some NSFW language smattering in each video). Possibly most well known for his ‘Field Notes‘ series of…

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Massimo Vignelli, Design Hero.

Our homage to one of the greats in the craft of graphic design…Massimo Vignelli died today at 83. “Inspiration Never Dies” is our nod, the rest are quotes of Mr. Vignelli’s. // Click on each image to enlarge // @Pfahlert Creative Labs, 2014   

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