Having been involved with music my whole life, it is only natural that I end up doing design, illustration, and marketing for both my own music projects and commissioned work for ensembles, composers, and performing artists. The diversity of both projects and styles on this music design sampler webpage reflects my philosophy that the music dictates the art and design: thus, some projects reflect the experimental nature of the music, while others are more traditional designs.

Presented first here is a self-advertising poster promoting my own ongoing interest in doing design and illustration for musicians and their marketing needs.





Conceptual Illustration

Click on the typewriter above to go to a page showing several concept illustrations for a Stick player's calendar project that was proposed but not completed.



CD & Album Illustration



Steven John Koob: Things I Should Have Said

Also, I created the design and HTML programming for Steven John Koob's website.




Helios: Solar
CD artwork, typography, & design




Madison Music Collective (Various Artists): Gathering
CD artwork, typography, & design



QPT1.JPG:     QPT logo:

QPT CD cover; QPT logo highlighted
CD artwork, typography, & design



Sample tracks from several of the following CDs, in MP3 format, are available on my Music page.



Wind, Sand & Stars
CD artwork, typography, & design




The Barbaric Yawps: Spiritcatcher
CD artwork, typography, & design



EEDK1:     EEDK2:

Exception Error D000: Abort, Fail, or Reboot?; front & back cover art
CD artwork, typography, & design




Dangerous Odds; front & back cover art
CD artwork, typography, & design


Dangerous Odds group portrait , 1992




Arthur Durkee: The Western Lands
CD artwork, typography, & design

Here are some samples of new and recent original music, on the Music page of my personal website.




Arthur Durkee: Chamber Music
CD artwork, typography, & design



Graphic & Logo Design for Music & Performance

Included here are logos and spot illustrations made for individual artists, specific concerts, performance halls, organizations, and ensembles.

Below are several logos designed for various musical groups, performance ensembles, and individual programs. These include identity pieces for concert series, performance venues, and arts-related publicity materials. Many of these designs were commissioned as proprietary identity systems.



Client: Wisconsin Alliance of Composers
Chamber Music series logo, Madison, WI



Client: Wisconsin Alliance of Composers
Identity system and logos for concert series, Madison, WI



Client: Wisconsin Alliance of Composers
Identity system and logos for concert series, Madison, WI



Client: House of Soundz
Identity system and logos for performance venue, Madison, WI


These logos, as well as other design elements I made, are used here, and here, in a recap of the concert for which the logos were made.




Client: Minneapolis Improv Group
Identity system and logos for performance ensemble, Twin Cities, MN



Client: Stellar Ensemble
Identity system and logos for performance ensemble, Twin Cities, MN



Client: Minneapolis Improv Group
Concert series logo



Client: Original theatre performance by Kate Ryan
Identity system and logos for performance publicity, Madison, WI



Client: WORT-FM Madison, WI
A print ad & identity series for Madison's community radio station.
For a different but related design, I was awarded second prize in WORT's Twentieth Anniversary identity design contest.



Art Damage:

Client: Myself
This was the logo I designed for my monthly CD review column in the Madison, WI, music & arts magazine Night Sites & Sounds.


Client: Myself
This was the logo I created for the monthly newsletter associated with my weekly radio program on WORT-FM Madison. New Horizons was also the name of the program.



Music Promotional Illustration & Design

Show posters and advertising materials.


Client: Tim Donahue
Urban Abyss. Concert by The Stellar Ensemble, Minneapolis, MN, 1998
Size: 8.5x11


Commissioned Illustration for concert poster, 1998
This is a collage compiled from my own original digital artwork.


Client: Tim Donahue
Illustration used in concert poster:
A Mountain's Voice, The Stellar Ensemble, St. Paul, MN, 1998
Concert performance also featured a gallery display of the artwork used in the poster.
Size: 11x17



Concert Photography

Globose, Synergy! Dance Ensemble with The Joan Wildman Trio, Madison, WI

Fuzzy Logic, Madison, WI


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