Full credit to Jacob Escobedo: For his gig posters and record covers used by the likes of Broken Bells, The Shins, Gnarls Barkley and Vampire Weekend. For creative directing Adult Swim and for taking for photographs which have character cameos from Kanye West and David Lynch (exclusively, hanging out). And finally for his contributions to The New Yorker’s June issue, illustrations with a science fiction bent, accompanying articles by the genre behemoths like Ursula k. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood and, most extraordinarily, the final published piece by Ray Bradbury, released the day before his passing.
This sort of all-creative-corners-covered occupation is rare but not unexplainable. Jacob works with an iconic focus in his work, all attention put on a strange visual motif dripping (sometimes literally) with colour and texture and abstract, graphic expressions. The format is editorial and music-friendly, the colours and ambiguity of the work lending itself nicely to auditory translation, and the quality, too, is food for fans who take pride in their memorabilia or who don’t want the written or musical content to be spoiled by inappropriate imagery. No trouble of that here, Jacob has it down and is pretty inimitable at it.
- Brooklyn-based Jyan Ku’s naive pastel works are oddly charming
- Jules de Balincourt’s vivid paintings of public spaces play with reality
- Harry Israelson photographs a renaissance fair in sunny California
- Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa designs the inaugural issue of YES & NO Magazine
- Introducing graphic designer Moonsick Gang
- “Non-league football is our punk rock” – Alex Brown’s work for Eastbourne Town FC
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again