Big Active Design have just completed work on the new Noah & The Whale album ‘Heart Of Nowhere’. The campaign takes it’s visual theme from the short film directed by front man Charlie Fink which tells the story of a teenage dystopian future, also the basis of the album itself. Markus Karlsson and Mat Maitland created a set of hand tinted images to accompany the strong graphic template which is carried across all packaging.
Mat has just created an 8 page story for the new issue of mens fashion magazine HERO. Following the issue’s theme of suburbia, his collages show a series of desirable fashion items mingling with iconic American household goods.
Big Active’s Mat Maitland has just overseen the creative direction for the new Basement Jaxx single ‘Back 2 The Wild’ including the video as well as sleeve artwork.
The promo, co-directed with Natalia Stuyk, features Mat’s signature collage style along with specially made items by French hair stylist / fashion designer Charlie Le Mindu and make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench. Maitland also shot the sleeve image which similarly uses a Le Mindu headpiece.
Our friends Das Pop kick off their theatre tour in Belgium next week where they promise to play some pretty outrageous versions of songs past and present. Frontman Bent Van Looy asked us to create a special poster to advertise the shows. You can see more of our design work for the band here.
Mat Maitland has just created a new collage for Issue 12 of Volt Magazine. In collaboration with photographer Daniel Thomas Smith and stylist Justine Josephs the illustration, part of a series, shows pieces from Martina Spotlova’s new collection in Mat’s signature style.
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