Cosmicity & Jamie Latendresse Design 15 Year Anniversary


I was about to write, “it’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years blah blah blah,” but listening to and looking at everything Cosmicity (a.k.a. Mark Nicholas) and I have done over the last decade and a half, it’s not that hard to believe. That being said, Mark’s accomplishments are quite striking. He’s generated a truly impressive collection of songs, albums, mixes and remixes, all testament to his creative passion for music and songwriting.

Not long after I met Mark I petitioned him to let me work on “In Perspective”. At that time I’d only been a graphic designer for 2 years and was still relatively green. I remember preparing a little presentation for Mark detailing what I had to offer. He took a chance on me and since then we’ve both grown together in our respective artforms. I feel a great deal of pride in our progress and partnership. Without a doubt, Cosmicity is my longest running collaboration.

Over the years our process was simple. I’d flesh out concepts based on each new album’s theme and then Mark and I would meet in my studio to refine them. Each session was a study in design collaboration and hedonistic frozen junk food consumption. Bagel pizzas, pizza rolls, and copious amounts of pop in the early days. It was something.

These days the carbonated, cheese-laden collaborations have given way to low-fat, long-distance ones. But it still works, a testament to our creative sympatico. Words can’t express how grateful I am to Mark, and for the trust and friendship he’s bestowed upon me over the years. It’s been a truly rewarding partnership, one I hope will continue on for another 15 years if not longer.

Here’s a few remembrances from our projects, then till now.

 

In Perspective
1998

This is the first album I completed for Cosmicity. The cover image is actually interior end of my camera’s wide angle lens. I inverted the image and did a lot of tweaking in Photoshop to create the effect. The lines over the photo were meant to imply different perspectives.

 

 

Pure
2001

This was definitely the frozen bagel pizza years. Pure was an exciting project because in addition to the album we did 3 singles called “The Pure Sessions” with corresponding variations of the water droplet artwork. Check them out on Cosmicity’s discography here.

 

 

Escape Pod for Two
2003

Escape Pod for Two was arguably our pinnacle collaboration. Not only was I allowed to indulge my sci-fi design whims but we did singles, merch, stickers, and even a commercial which Mark’s wife Sara joined us for.This is probably my favorite Cosmicity album as well.

 

 

Parlour Sofas
2012

The brand new 4-song EP just released this week, and our longest-distance collaboration yet at over 2,300 miles! Make sure you check it out, available through all the major channels including iTunes and Amazon, with extras available on Bandcamp.

Wayne's Coffee

After repeated viewings of David Fincher’s product-placement-rich adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” I realized one placement in particular was really drawing my eye. Set partially in Stockholm, Sweden, the characters in the film drink Wayne’s Coffee repeatedly. I love logos, coffee, and Fincher films. This post was a must.

“Wayne’s Coffee” cups photo courtesy of Brad Mohr.

It’s funny how a relatively small detail like this can capture my attention. Granted, the big bold and blue logotype for Wayne’s Coffee–a slightly customized version of Akzidenz-Grotesk Super Bold – is hard to ignore. But then I just can’t ignore a good sans serif, especially a typographic titan like Akzidenz-Grotesk.

 

Movies set in the U.S. feature Starbucks ubiquitously, so I thought it was a clever switch-up on Fincher’s part to do the same with a Swedish brand. Read more about the product placement in GWTDT.


Our Time Theater 2012 Spring Shows Postcard

I continue to enjoy my collaboration with Our Time Theater in New York. Here is the invitation postcard for this spring’s shows.

Special thanks go to Iris A. Brown Design for referring me to Our Time way back when. And a very special thanks to Our Time director Taro Alexander who has been truly supportive of my work. Taro does far more amazing work for the children and teens of Our Time Theater. Learn more about Our Time here.

2011 Movement Festival Merch

Listen to Detroit Techno T-Shirt

It’s been my pleasure to contribute graphic design to Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival for the last few years. In 2006, I submitted a number of different concepts to Paxahau, producers of the Movement festival, and they’ve been producing them as official merchandise ever since. Each year when I swing by the tent it’s very gratifying to see the designs I did, and even more so when I see them wandering around Hart Plaza over the course of the festival.

Detroit Techno Record Rainbow T-Shirt Detroit Techno Record Rainbow T-Shirt

I’m currently working on some new designs. Hopefully our partnership will continue well into the festival’s future.

 

 

OUR TIME THEATRE Mailer

Our Time Theatre

I recently completed a mailer for Our Time Theatre. My good friend and colleague Iris Brown was kind enough to refer my services to Our Time and I had a blast doing this piece for them.
Our Time Theatre is a highly respected non-profit organization that uses the arts to improve the confidence and communication skills of children who stutter.
They’re a fantastic group of people and I hope they enjoyed my work as much as I enjoyed doing it for them.
Our Time Theatre

Be Informed Zombie Attack

Long one of my most popular designs, the “Be Informed Zombie Attack” print has finally made it to my Etsy shoppe. The illustrations have been updated and finessed for a high quality ink jet print on velvet fine art paper (13″ W x 9.5″ H).

“There’s no escaping the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Are you prepared? Learn to recognize the signs with this handy readiness-guide from the Bureau of Homeland Undead Protection (BHUP).”