Literature Wales – The Case for the Power of Literature
Illustrations by Aled Wyn Thomas
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Europe ’19
‘Europe ’19’ is a collection of tracks taken from King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s European bootlegs from 2019. Ctrl Alt Design put together the packaging for this release on Bubblewrap Collective.
Original artwork for the live bootlegs by Jason Galea was converted to fit into 3 colours to match up. The typography and overall layout style was designed to be a nod to Grateful Dead’s ‘Europe ’72’ album design, albeit a darker theme.
A logo was also designed to combine the lizard image with the welsh flag. This sat alongside a Welsh translation of the band’s name and was included on the cover and as a free sticker.
Quodega – Only Forward
We used a laser cutter to etch out shapes in the album sleeve to represent the sides of the record, and the track lengths, keeping the design minimal and clean, with a colourful, gradiented inner sleeve to compliment.
Quodega’s ‘Only Forward’ is a departure from their scintillating post-rock debut, instead adopting the form of super-charged, perspicacious electronica. It is the brainchild of award-winning composer Tom Raybould, whose work has previously been released by Rough Trade and Warp Records, and infamously been sampled on The Weeknd’s hit, ‘The Hills’.
Pipe Down, aims to be an insight into the “stigmatised subject of addiction” while “bringing recovery into the world, and the world into recovery”.
Editor Araminta Jonsson said the magazine aims not only to target people who are in recovery, but also families of those in recovery or people who work in the sector, for example. The aim is to hook the readers with humour and then touch on something that can help with recovery.
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
The Musical Adventures of Dick & Fanny
This was a personal project where i documented all the gigs I attended in 2016 with my partner. It was an opportunity to remember the first year of our relationship together, and to explore the disciplines of 50’s and 60’s Swiss typography and geometric shapes.
All the posters have a similarity in style, mimicking the early Swiss design styles of Armin Hoffman and Emil Ruder (to name a few).
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.