Mat Maitland has created a new set of illustrations for British fashion magazine Volt Café, featuring clothing from Alex Mattsson’s S/S13 collection. The series of futuristic neon-infused pin-ups feature portraits by photographer Daniel Thomas Smith with styling by Justine Josephs. See more from the series and Mat’s latest editorial work here.
Since the formation of PNAU, Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes have grown to become one of Australia’s most loved electronic acts. According to Elton John he discovered their music in a Sydney record store and was so impressed that he signed the pair to his management label. In return they have refashioned vocal sections from his iconic early 70’s output into eight brand new tracks. The resulting collaboration ‘Good Morning To The Night’ is out now. The album imagery has been created by Big Active Design.
Mat Maitland has just collaborated with photographer Steven Baillie for the latest issue of New York-based magazine Lovecat. Mat has created 6 images of singer Cassie using his signature collage style. An eye-popping adventure of cats, bullets and exotic plantlife. See more by clicking here.
The latest edition of Rankin’s new magazine The Hunger has an exclusive interview with Big Active Design. Mat Maitland, Markus Karlsson and Gerard Saint discuss music design and the issues driving the best creative work right now. “What we do is make music visible… in all the different platforms… there has to be one great idea that cuts through everything else”. You can see more of our latest music projects here. The Hunger issue #2 is out now – also online at www.hungertv.com
The new album by Swedish duo Niki And The Dove is out today. The album’s ethereal mix of electro-pop, atmospheric layering and references to magic is echoed perfectly in the dreamscape imagery we have created for the campaign. To see more of the work Big Active Design has made for the project please click here.
Mat Maitland has been invited to exhibit as part of Art Vinyl 2011. The show, at Jonas Gallery in Brussels, features the best album sleeves of 2011, and includes Big Active’s work with Noah and the Whale, Das Pop, Nero, and Sneaky Sound System. A range of Mat’s personal work is running alongside the album covers.
Big Active’s Mat Maitland describes his blog - Leopard Tree Dream - as “a crystal ball of record covers from my private collection…”. With frequent and insightful postings, celebrating the eclectic image-making that defined landmark releases by the likes of Grace Jones, Blue Oyster Cult and Vangellis, Mat shares his enthusiasm for an inspirational period of album sleeve design. Enjoy.
Above: GRACE JONES “MUSE” (1979) Art Direction by Grace Jones & Richard Bernstein. Cover art by Richard Bernstein.
Does Lady Gaga’s seemingly uncompromised approach to collaborating with a new generation of visual conspirators owe a massive debt of gratitude to the fearless partnerships of the master protagonist Grace Jones? Why are these enduring alliances with design so important in redefining the boundaries of style in music? As part of the run up to the launch of this year’s D&AD New Blood, Big Active’s Mat Maitland shares his thoughts on music’s most iconic creative partnerships as part of the ‘Behind The Idea’ series in today’s Metro newspaper. See MetroLife page 43.
In addition to our success at the European Design Awards, we are also pleased to announce Mark Ronson’s ‘Record Collection’ has featured in all of this years major design awards. The project was selected for the 2011 Creative Review Annual, nominated as a finalist in the Design Week Awards and chosen to appear in the 49th Edition of the D&AD Annual. To take a closer look at Mark Ronson’s ‘Record Collection’ as well as a selection of projects from our music design portfolio please click here.