Designing for Musicians

Designing for Musicians
Mary Banas, James Edmondson, Jason Munn, Kate Long

Panel Discussion & Pop-up Exhibit at Astro Studios
Co-presented by Astro Studios
Thu, Mar 21, 2019

Join us for a special panel discussion on designing for music projects from packaging to posters with Bay Area heavy hitters Mary Banas, James Edmondson, and Jason Munn.

Banas’ recent collaboration with photographer Bao Ngo on Mitski’s Be the Cowboy (2018) was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Recording Package. Edmondson created a phototype inspired poster series for Vulfpeck’s 2017 North American tour and a custom typeface for the band’s ongoing projects. Munn has been designing posters for musicians like Death Cab for Cutie and Leon Bridges for the past 15 years. The panel will be moderated by Kate Long, Letterform Archive’s Assistant Librarian.

The talk begins at 6:30pm, but come early to grab a beer and a chance to see Between Measures: The Intersection of Music and Design exhibit, featuring work from all of our panelists. Doors open at 5:30pm.

About Mary Banas
Mary Banas

Mary Banas designs for brands, institutions, and social practices with her independent creative practice YES IS MORE which includes research, teaching, and design. She received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from University of Connecticut.

She’s been teaching graphic design since 2009 at institutions such as University of Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Bridgeport, and has led workshops for the Center for Creative Solutions, Dolby Labs, OTIS College of Art and Design, and the Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive. Her packaging design for Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski's 2018 album Be The Cowboy which was nominated in the "Best Recording Package" category for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

About James Edmondson
James Edmondson

James is an type designer based in Oakland, California. He studied graphic design at California College of the Arts, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art TypeMedia program in the Netherlands.

Through his foundry OH no Type Co., he creates custom and retail typefaces. In 2018, James co-founded Future Fonts, a platform for distributing fonts in-progress. James leads the type design classes in the Type West Certificate Program and occasional workshops through Type@Cooper.

About Jason Munn
Jason Munn

Jason Munn began making posters 15 years ago for local venues and independent musicians, designing under the pseudonym The Small Stakes. Since 2010, Jason has been working simply under his own name. He continues to create posters for shows and tours, while also collaborating on projects with companies like Public Bikes, Best Made Co., and Rdio.

Jason’s work has been recognized in numerous exhibits and publications such as Print, Communication Arts, How, Grain Edit, and It’s Nice That. In 2005 he was given a Young Gun award by the Art Directors Club. A selection of his posters are in the permanent collections of SFMOMA, Denver Art Museum, Letterform Archive and SFPL.

About Kate Long
Kate Long

Kate Long, Letterform Archive’s assistant librarian, has a profound interest in book arts, typography, and concrete poetry, stemming from high school where she made art with abandoned Letraset, and later as the editor of a literary magazine where she enjoyed working with designers, artists, and writers. She also gained an appreciation for 20th-century graphic design while at the award-winning studio, Office. Kate earned her MLIS through Drexel University, which will serve her well as she helps to preserve and catalog the collection. She relishes helping people access the things that interest them.