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Look book design for Isaac Mizrahi women’s collection (Fall 2009)

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith

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Cover design of “A Shortcut Through Time” by George Johnson (Vintage Books, 2004)

Coming to this final solution was as close as we’ve ever felt to striking gold. What made it all the more special was that the author and editors at Vintage saw the merits of this idea, and were brave enough to go for it.

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith

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RSVP card to our friend Pete and Emma’s wedding

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith

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Illustration for Clive Thompson’s column in Wired Magazine (May 2008)

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith, Josef Reyes, Jeff Stark

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Book cover design for The Story of Psychology by Morton Hunt. (Vintage Books)
The cover of the enduring bible of psychology needed a simple and timeless design worthy of the book’s exhaustive scope, and popularity.

“Love is a quicksilver word; though you see plainly where it is,
you have only to put your finger on it to find that it is not
there but someplace else.” —Morton Hunt

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith, Josef Reyes

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12″ vinyl package design for Wilco’s A ghost is born

Photography: Michael Schmelling

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Rejected design for back, spine, and front of Jeff Tweedy’s solo dvd

The Glass Box, Nonesuch (September 2008)

A seamless cube-shaped box encloses the aptly-named “Glass Box,” a 10-disc retrospective of compositions from Philip Glass’s groundbreaking career. Each side of the cube portrays images of the composer as rendered by the artists Chuck Close, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Francesco Clemente and Robert Wilson. Inside this boxed set are 10 discs (individually packaged in digipaks with cover artworks selected by Chuck Close) and a 192-page booklet containing extensive liner notes, archival photos, performance credits, librettos, and appreciations. Our design for the “Glass Box” utilizes the box form as a primary motif that is deployed consistently, repetitively and obsessively throughout the entire package, in effect paralleling the composer’s own distinctive aesthetic.

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith, Josef Reyes

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Album and cd package design of Stones World, Tim Ries

The top two things on every designer’s list of things to do are: 1) design a Rolling Stones album, and 2) design a music package with that beautiful map iconography they have drooled over since they were in 4th grade geography. This summer we crosed both those off our list (somewhat). We worked closely with Tim Ries (the pianist and sax player of The Rolling Stones) on his expansive orchestration of world music tributes to Stones songs. Tim assembled a fifty plus cast of musicians from around the world (including Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie), and we packaged the lavish double cd featuring original artwork by Ronnie Wood, and an array of map iconography by us.

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith, Josef Reyes

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Rebranding America for Paper Magazine . Paper invited 15 of the best visual communicators to redefine the image of America. Our explanation is as follows:

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth. And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."

President Barack Obama, inaugural remarks (January 20, 2009)

New York Times article

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith

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