Literature Wales – The Case for the Power of Literature
Illustrations by Aled Wyn Thomas
Illustrations by Aled Wyn Thomas
Following on from their 2017 ‘Welsh Music Prize’ nominated debut ‘Life in Analogue’, ‘Ofni’ is Cotton Wolf sophomore album. Set against a thematic backdrop of social uncertainty, the album’s darker material is simultaneously imbued with anxious paranoia and hopeful positivity. The new tracks from the Cardiff duo showcase a bolder production with faster tempos and purer electronic sounds, alongside hypnotic, abstract and melodic ideas inherent to their previous release. Whilst the bulk of the album is instrumental, the title track features an ethereal vocal contribution by Adwaith’s Hollie Singer.
The cover artwork is by Louise Mason. Layout and Typography is by Ctrl Alt Design. The cover is printed with a magenta foil and the vinyl is pressed on red vinyl.
Sound+Vision‘s event featured seven musicians alongside one filmmaker. 8 reels of super 8 were filmed throughout Wales, capturing the juxtaposition between the natural and the industrial. The soundtrack was played improvised and played live at the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, National Museum Cardiff.
The artists involved were… Cian Ciarán, Esther, The Gentle Good, Teddy Hunter, Kris Jenkins, Secondson, Meilyr Tomos & Toby Cameron.
Ctrl Alt Design created the posters and social media graphics for the project.
Leading on from their award-winning fulldome film, Liminality, Cardiff based creative collaborators Matt Wright and Janire Najera immerse audiences in the music of Slowly Rolling Camera. Commissioned by Ffotogallery to premiere at Diffusion 2019, Juniper explores how sound and moving image merge within live performance. The unique show saw Slowly Rolling Camera performing their critically acclaimed third album Juniper in its entirety, accompanied by a visual score created by 4pi Productions.
Ctrl Alt Design created the posters and marketing materials for the live show at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Independent Venues Week promotes music at grassroots venues across the UK each year. We were approached to design posters and social media graphics for the 2019 schedule in Wales.
Ctrl Alt Design have been working with Menter Caerdydd since 2012 on various projects. For their 2019-22 Corporate Plan, we took their brand colours and simplified a usually text heavy document down to a bitesize booklet. The aim was to showcase their core strengths and strategic objectives for the years to come in an eye-catching, easy to read document.
Since 2012, we have been working with Menter Caerdydd to visualise their annual Welsh Language Arts & Culture festival, Tafwyl. The event is held in Cardiff every July and on this page you can see the range of design and web services provided by Ctrl Alt Design.
Our work with Tafwyl ranges from print materials such as programmes, maps and street flags, to fully customisable, Wordpress integrated website.
Visit the website at tafwyl.cymru
For The Gentle Good’s 4th studio album, ‘Ruins / Adfeilion’, Ctrl Alt Design created the artwork for vinyl and CD using the process of marbling. The theme has been built upon and various single covers have been created to mirror this artwork. Alongside this we created a responsive, mobile-friendly website and both an album launch and promo poster.
Its sister release, ‘Y Gwyfyn’, saw the theme developed to a new colour palette with a matching smokey purple vinyl pressing. The Welsh language EP featured additional tracks from the album’s recording session, as well as previously unreleased tracks.
Award-winning brand creation and vinyl template design for Recordiau Lliwgar.
Both ‘Y Record Goch’ and ‘Y Record Las’ were designed and illustrated as a series of Welsh language double 10″ records. The design and style pays homage to Romek Marber‘s ‘The Marber Grid’, which was used for Penguin books from 1962. The illustrations also mirror the designs at the time by Marber and Germano Facetti.
The aim was to create simple geometric patterns, limited to 3 colours and to hold true to the grid system designed by Marber.
Ctrl Alt Design received a Best of Welsh Design Award at Cardiff Design Festival 2012 for this bold and bright design. Record Collector and producer Dyl Mei described it as “The best Welsh album cover ever!”.
The brand for Recordiau Lliwgar needed to convey the idea of colour, but had to work in black or white, so it wouldn’t interfere with the colour of the theme. The final design was a Pinwheel, which is usually thought of as being a colourful object, whilst also being a geometric, simple object which complemented the design of the record sleeves.