The Hype Machine II: The New Pornographers lettering

The final piece

The final piece

Following up on my previous work for the Hype Machine, I was asked to create a piece of work representing the Canadian supergroup, The New Pornographers. I felt it critical to avoid the obvious connotations of the name so I created a piece of lettering whose aesthetic paid homage to the Rat Pack, the Vegas of days-gone-by, cocktail lounges and luxury.


The Process

There were a couple of concepts that I considered for this piece: London tart cards (the postcards left by escorts in London phone booths), 1970s Times Square pornography, and cheap ads found in the back of seedy men's magazines.

Times Square in the 1970s

Times Square in the 1970s

Vintage "Tart Cards"

Vintage "Tart Cards"

Sleazy classifieds

Sleazy classifieds

While sketching out possible layouts, it struck me these concepts and any variation on them were far too obvious. As such, I quickly wrote out a list of adjectives corresponding to my concepts and then tried to think of antonyms.

Sketchbook page of antonyms

Sketchbook page of antonyms

Classy, modern, and art house stuck out as keywords (classy appeared twice somehow). With these in mind, I then sketched out a couple of layouts before settling on the final piece above.