Dave Matthews Band Gorge Poster

Dave Matthews Band is wrapping up their 25th Anniversary tour and we were thrilled to bookend the run with posters for the first show in Charlottesville, VA, and now the final stop of the tour at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington. The band’s original tour van makes its return in the artwork, this time surrounded by the beautiful scenery of George, Washington. 

The poster is a 24” x 18” four-color screen print on 100 lb French Kraft-Tone Index Off-White paper. Check out our initial sketch below along with closeup shots of the finished print, which is now available in the DKNG store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch

Layer-by-Layer Color Separations

Dave Matthews Band poste by DKNG

Close Up Shots

Grand Canyon National Park Poster

We’re excited to announce the release of our Grand Canyon National Park poster as part of the Fifty-Nine Parks poster series celebrating all of America’s National Parks. Since the Grand Canyon is such an iconic park and has been depicted in so many different ways, we wanted to capture a unique perspective of the Colorado River winding through the canyon, with a kayaker included to lend a sense of the vast scale of the park. 

The poster is an 18” x 24” four color screen print on 100 lb. French Construction Pure White paper and is part of an open edition. Check out our initial sketch of the poster below, close-up photos of the finished print, and an interview with Fifty-Nine Parks where we share our thoughts on the project. The Grand Canyon National Park poster is now available in the DKNG Store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch


LAYER-BY-LAYER COLOR SEPARATIONS


FIFTY-NINE PARKS INTERVIEW

Tell us about where the DKNG story begins.
DKNG’s collaboration began in high school when Dan and I played in a band together. We started designing our own album artwork, flyers, and posters. Years later when we were both in college in Los Angeles, we had the opportunity to design a few concert posters for the Troubadour. They liked our work and we went on to create dozens of posters for them. After various other jobs, we both eventually came on board as full time DKNG employees and we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary as a company.

What is it about screen printed posters that gets you stoked?
We spend so much time on our computers, it’s nice to work in a very analog medium. We got started printing our own posters by hand, and it was always a welcome activity to be able to see our designs come to life as we printed them. We also love the fact that no two screen prints are the same, and the fact that the process includes some natural variation makes it feel much more like a craft than other more industrial forms of printing. The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way.

Can you talk about any sources of inspiration for your Grand Canyon print?
When thinking about the Grand Canyon, we knew we wanted to convey the vastness of the park while also showing a perspective that hadn’t been seen on every souvenir postcard. We were inspired by all the fun activities that are available in the park and decided that a sole kayaker would be a good way to give a sense of scale to the print.

What's your favorite National Park?
Dan and I have only really been to a handful of National Parks. I know Dan likes Yellowstone because of the hot springs and geysers, which are pretty unique to that park. However, he has a new appreciation for The Grand Canyon, especially having the experience of flying over the park on a commercial flight. It’s just so breathtakingly huge.

What makes National Parks equally as rad as posters?
The National Parks have such a rich history of posters and so many have iconic landmarks, they really lend themselves well to being showcased in a larger than life way, since so many have features that feel dreamlike, or like they might exist in a fantasy world.

What's one tip you'd offer for working in illustrator?
I would say the most unique and helpful tool we used when creating this print was Opacity Masks. There’s a lot of texture going on in every color and this tool came in hand when needing to fade textures from being fully opaque to semi transparent using gradients. Over all it helped make the ambiance of the print feel more painterly and less like a vector collage.

How about a tip on running a small design business?
It’s easy to get pigeonholed into being the guys that do a certain kind of work, so we like to mix it up and use our business to pursue several different types of projects. We always recommend that designers put forth the type of work that they’d like to be hired for, rather than the type of work you’ve done in the past, which will likely lead to more of the same.
 

Close Up Shots

The DKNG Show (Episode 4)

Episode 4 of the DKNG Show on Adventures In Design is now up! The DKNG Show is a bimonthly peek behind the curtain of everything happening in our world.

Listen to the first half for free below. Become a member of the Circle Of Trust to hear the full episode as well as see the latest projects we've been working on!

Mastering Illustrator: Our Brand New Skillshare Class

We’re thrilled to share our latest Skillshare.com class which is out now! It’s a 40-minute class detailing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tricks of the trade that we use for a fast and efficient workflow. The class includes specific examples from our work with Star Wars, Back to the Future, SXSW, as well as personal design projects, and covers everything from simple keyboard shortcuts to more complex visuals like pattern strokes and vector halftones. Whether you're just starting out with Illustrator or have been using the software for some time, we hope you’ll find our tips will provide some new tools for increased efficiency and enhance your creative process.

Almanac Beer Co. Cans

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

Last year we had the opportunity to design a series of limited edition fresh beer bottles for San Francisco's Almanac Beer Co. Almanac's "Farm to Barrel" process takes advantage of local, seasonal ingredients and has landed them on the map as one of the fastest growing breweries on the west coast. We were thrilled to work with Almanac again on their first venture into canned beer. Each beer's isometric illustration focuses on part of the beer making process - from the orange groves and wheat fields of California, to the brewery, and the city of San Francisco itself. Almanac's Fresh Beer cans are now available in Whole Foods stores throughout California and coming soon to a state near you.   

"I first partnered with Nathan and Dan on the design and branding of our 22oz Fresh Beer Limited product line back in 2015. The rollout was very successful and the response to the new branding was intense and immediate. We were onto something. For 2016, we had an exciting new canned six-pack lineup coming out, so I figured it was a great opportunity to expand on our prior success and further evolve the visual language we had developed. 

I wanted the cans to be bold, inviting and contemporary—but I also wanted to honor the long legacy of iconic beer brands that came before us. I couldn't be happier with the results. Nathan and Dan crushed my expectations and based on the early response, I think we're going to have another rousing success in our hands."

Damian Fagan
Co-Founder / CEO
Almanac Beer Co.

 

Craft Pilsner

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"Almanac’s Craft Pilsner is a crisp, dry-hopped lager that provides a West Coast twist on the traditional German style. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Mandarina Bavaria hops provide a melon and citrus nose backed by 100% Pilsner malt. This beer is crushable, always begging for another sip and pairs well with sushi, outdoor grilling and tames spicy Thai and Mexican dishes."

 

San Francisco IPA

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"This West Coast IPA features an explosive aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and dankness from a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Hallertau Blanc and El Dorado hops. Intensely hoppy without overt bitterness, a light malt backbone balances this IPA, giving it a clean finish and making it a beer to be enjoyed again and again. Inspired by San Francisco but brewed to be enjoyed everywhere. Enjoy with super burritos, hangtown fry, and rich copping."

 

Saison Dolores

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"This California spin on a saison highlights tropical and floral aromas. An expressive fermentation provides hints of pineapple and white pepper, while a dry-hop of Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc doubles down on tropical aromas of mango and passionfruit. Enjoy this aromatic farmhouse ale with earthy mushroom dishes, funky washed-rind cheeses and al pastor street tacos."

 

Mandarina

Almanac Beer Co. Can Design by DKNG

"Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts."

 

Behind The Scenes

What began as rough ideas and initial sketches (see below) eventually transformed into ink swatches, box mockups, press checks, and finally canning and boxing of the finished product. For more insight into the process, check out our appearance on the Adventures in Design podcast episode 395 (player below).

The DKNG Show (Episode 3)

Episode 3 of the DKNG Show on Adventures In Design is now up! The DKNG Show is a bimonthly peek behind the curtain of everything happening in our world.

Listen to the first half for free below. Become a member of the Circle Of Trust to hear the full episode as well as see the latest projects we've been working on!

Dave Matthews Band Charlottesville Poster

It’s hard to believe, but Dave Matthews Band has been performing for 25 years, and we were honored to create the artwork for their 25th Anniversary show in Charlottesville, Virginia, where their career began. The design features the band’s original tour van in front of the John Paul Jones Arena, one of many Charlottesville venues that were home to the band’s early performances. 

Along with advertising for the show, the artwork is available as a limited edition poster. The poster is an 18” x 24” four-color screen print on French Kraft-Tone Index Off-White paper. Check out our initial sketch below along with closeup shots of the finished print, which is now available in the DKNG store.
 

Initial Concept Sketch

Layer-by-Layer Color Separations

Dave Matthews Band: 25th Anniversary Poster by DKNG

Promo Video

Close Up Shots

Back to the Future Trilogy Box Set

In 2015 we arrived in the future that Marty McFly visits in Back to the Future Part II, and to commemorate the historic date, Mondo released a first ever box set of the musical score from all three films. We were thrilled to collaborate with them on the package design which, as Mondo explains, was the first of its kind: 

“We're thrilled to unveil a 6-LP vinyl box set for the trilogy for one of the most celebrated film scores of all time, with music fully restored from original master recordings under the supervision of composer Alan Silvestri. This marks the first time the score has ever been made available in a box set in any format, the first time the original film score has been available on vinyl and includes never-before-released tracks from the sequels. The collectible packaging for the box set was designed by DKNG Studios, highlighting the DeLorean’s iconic fire trails in each film’s setting. Screenwriter Bob Gale contributed exclusive liner notes for the box set.”

- Mondotees.com 

All music Composed and Conducted by Alan Silvestri
Deluxe gatefold jackets with artwork unique to the box set housed in a hardshell slipcase
6XLPs all pressed on 180 Gram Colored Vinyl
Featuring exclusive liner notes by screenwriter Bob Gale

Initial Concept Sketches

Outside Lands 2016 Festival Branding

We’re excited to be back on board with our friends at Outside Lands creating the branding for the 2016 edition of the San Francisco festival. The poster and logo above will serve as the key art for the event and we'll be sharing additional work as we approach August. In the meantime, check out The Muppets announcing the 2016 lineup in the video below.
 

Muppets Promotional Video

Initial Concept Sketch/Proposal

Website

Patches

Outside Lands Branding by DKNG

The DKNG Show (Episode 2)

Episode 2 of the DKNG Show on Adventures In Design is now up! The DKNG Show will be a bimonthly peek behind the curtain of everything happening in our world.

Listen to the first half for free below. Become a member of the Circle Of Trust to hear the full episode as well as see the latest projects we've been working on!