Picturesque

Given that we make a product that’s at its best when great images are used, it’s fair to say that we’re suckers for well-made photos. All the better when the photographers themselves are great to talk to, like Brenda and Brian Brooks who run Bb & Co. Photography. Taking a few minutes away from their busy schedule shooting portraits and weddings, freelance designing and art directing, and trying to keep up with their two kids, they talked to us a little about themselves and their work:

“Bb&Co.; is a husband and wife photography duo based out of the amazing, and very picturesque, Hood River, Oregon. We love to capture people in their element — the fun, the quirky, the emotional; all of it so beautiful. And you know what? We have so much fun doing what we do. We consider ourselves pretty dern lucky (and blessed).”

“The beauty of our images is magnified by the presentation. We want our clients to be over the moon about Bb&Co; Photography and Jewelboxing is a major contributor to that end. Every wedding and portrait session we photograph receives a copy of their original images on disc. Usually, people tend to expect just to get a CD-R, with their names written in Sharpie, shoved in a paper sleeve. Jewelboxing allows us to give them something extra that makes both us and them look good.”

“It’s always great to receive a gift, but when that gift is wrapped up in a nice little package, it just makes it all the better. Jewelboxing is our nice little package.”

Thanks a million to Brenda and Brian and here’s to hoping there’s some nice little packages being wrapped up in Gordonsville, Rouen, Allston, Wilton, Helensburgh, Manchester, Amherst, Whistler, Akron, Ashland, Calgary, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Hidalgo, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Glendale, Philadelphia, Scottsdale and Roswell.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

The Sweet Smell of Success

Although used to some success in the theater world, 1960’s Scent of Mystery was the first (and what would turn out to be the only) film to use Hans Laube and Mike Todd’s Smell-O-Vision technique. It utilized a series of different containers attached to the movie house’s seats that were filled with a variety of odors which were released at certain points throughout the film. Since then, variations on the Smell-O-Vision have popped up here and there, from John Waters’ Polyester to a Japanese company’s system for, strangely, Terrance Malick’s The New World of all films. But there have been years of gaps in between and Smell-O-Vision is but a relic of the past. However, while odor-bearing films have never really taken off, the band A Social Path is clearly trying to be the first to bring the idea to music, as they’ve put to use the Jewelboxing spine to include chopped up incense sticks with each copy of their album, Test #241. Although the band admits that they “can’t smell it, but some people claim they can and that is all that matters,” we think they’re on to something. If anything, it’s a sure fire sell to Spinal Tap for a Smell the Glove reissue.

For more idea of what you can insert into the Jewelboxing spines with both the Standards and Kings, we recommend reading this post from a little while back.

Thanks to A Social Path for being so clever and here’s to hoping that everyone is smelling sweetly in Pleasanton, Colwick, Stirling, Warwick, Kensington, Madison, Poughkeepsie, Santa Rosa, Vancouver, Pearland, Pittsburgh, Bloomington, Norman, Yellowknife, Arlington, Seattle, Key West, Libertyville, Upland, New York City, Brookfield, and Penn Valley.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

Case Study 11: Alex Gould

You can’t legitimately claim to have a working knowledge of the designer toy world without knowing who James Jarvis is. Certainly one of the pioneers within the recent boom in “the soft vinyl revolution,” his work has helped to inspire hundreds of other designers looking to break into this unique form of design. Director and illustrator Alex Gould was one person who received such inspiration from Jarvis, but also decided to return the favor by creating a documentary about the toy designing icon, appropriately entitled An Interview with James Jarvis. An extremely talented illustrator, designer, and filmmaker in his own right, we got a chance to talk to Alex about himself, his documentary, and what it was like to document Jarvis:

Can you tell us about yourself? Your background?

Born in North Wales. I’m a filmmaker and photographer. I studied Multimedia Arts in University. Currently living in Liverpool.

How would you describe your work?

My work is, as I see it, a way of moving forward with directing films, every project I’ve worked on is connected in small details, the thinking, how it is put together and the end vision. All add to enhancing my skills as a director, be it through the medium of film, photography, illustration, or design.

What’s the origin of the name Ika Zcha?

Ah, it has something to do with watching a lot of Takashi Kitano films as a teenager…

Can you tell us about An Interview with James Jarvis?

The film looks at his drawing and the thought processes that go into his work. This spans across the two comics that he published through Silas and then Amos as well as his commercial & personal illustration work. It also has a short interview with Aiden Onn the owner of Playlounge a vinyl toy shop in London, that gives a perspective on the toys he produces under Amos and who buys them. It’s mainly aimed at fans of his work and illustrators.

How did the project come about? Did you know Jarvis? A longtime fan and decided to make a film about him?

I was already a huge fan of his work, however this film started out with a personal obsession I have about Hergé the creator of Tintin. I had been planning what to do for my dissertation and wanted to get in touch with James Jarvis to ask a few questions about the influence of Hergé on his work. Initially I asked one of my tutors who knew Jarvis to break the ice, about me contacting him. I then e-mailed James a rough outline of the questions I wanted to ask him and he responded positively to the line of questioning and me coming to London to film him.

What was the production like? You’ve said on the site that you spent two days with Jarvis at his office? Were you always by his side, asking questions, or did you get the questions you were after and then try to disappear as much as possible and try to capture things as they played out normally?

The production was filmed during a slightly quieter than usual period for James, so the office was not too hectic. I was trying to avoid being obtrusive, but I was very curious and fascinated so there were a lot of questions I asked even when the camera was off. The first day lasted longer than planned originally it was only an hour or two but it stretched into the majority of the day. On the second day of filming the office was busier so our time was slightly less than the day before. My approach was filming all the questions that I had in a straight interview, then work in a much more flexible approach around the office and ask ad-hoc questions and film it as it happened, it was good combining these two methods as when it came to edit the film there was a nice variety of shots and situations to edit with.

Specific details about the production? What you shot it on, how much footage you had at the end of those two days, how long it took to edit?

It was shot on HDV. After the two days filming I had just under four hours of raw footage. With so much footage to choose from editing took a lot longer than usual, it was around a month to pull together the final cut, then another couple of days colouring it in Magic Bullet suite.

Did you have a background in filmmaking or did you decide that you absolutely had to make a film about James Jarvis, picked up a camera, and went with it?

I already had a background in filmmaking. With any film I make the story or person has to be something I’m fascinated in. Being a big fan of his work and not really finding the answers to questions that I had in other interviews, it seemed natural to go out there and make a film about him and ask those questions.

Has the film played at festivals, or design/illustration events, etc? What was your plan with the film after it was completed?

I had initially wanted to push it for television channels, I put up an online version of it that James Jarvis put on his blog and subsequently streetwear blogs like Hypebeast put it up, more recently Kanye West put a post about James Jarvis on his blog along with my film, which was a bit weird. I’d like to see the film play in a few documentary festivals and definitely some illustration events.

What was Jarvis’ reaction to the film?

James thought that the film worked well, he especially enjoyed the speeded up section with him drawing out an A4 illustration especially to camera.

I think that the time spent filming the interview was the most important part for James as it was a rare chance to look retrospectively at all his previous work. As a professional illustrator he is constantly moving forward and doing new work it was a chance to stop and look back over the work and think about it in more detail.

You’re a very talented illustrator yourself. Do you see Jarvis as a big influence?

Ha ha. I’d say I was mediocre at best. Yes definitely, especially after meeting and talking to him about the level of thinking that goes into each illustration, listening to his advice and the fact that someone as talented as James Jarvis would say yes to me coming to where he works asking loads of questions and filming him was an incredible experience.

Any other illustrators you greatly admire? If so, any plans to make films about them and start a series?

I’m a big fan of Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, and Gary Panter. I love TADO’s work it’s been on my mind to do a series of shorts on talented illustrators, but I’m currently working on other projects at the moment.

You packaged the film using one of our Jewelboxing King cases and they’re just fantastic. Any details on the process of putting it all together?

I had already bookmarked the Jewelboxing site a few months before I had started filming looking for some high quality packaging that had the right finish and looked professional. Initially I was more concerned with the typeface for the cover, whilst filming in Amos offices I’d taken a lot of photographs in the breaks between filming, these were used full bleed throughout the packaging, the type was slightly transparent allowing the lines of the drawings to show through.

What’s next for you?

Currently I’m writing a feature film. In pre-production for a short film about a local organist who plays whilst a cinema screen rises out of the floor and another short film about the darker side of dog walking. Also start shooting a music video in a few weeks time for an interesting band.

The Hordes Demand Quality

It’s our feeling that it can only be a positive thing when an up-and-coming band is smart enough to invest in good design, instead of just having their friend take photos of them in an alley and ultimately ending up included on Rock and Roll Confidential’s less-than-prestigious list. And such good thinking certainly exists with the members of Genghis Tron who chose to work with designer Dominic Wilson in creating packaging for a documentary about the group’s recent tour. He chose to put the whole thing together using our Jewelboxing King cases, not only making the project look terrific, but rekindling his love of packaging design, which he recently shared with us, here:

“I shot the band Genghis Tron while on their Summer 2007 tour (Charlotte Harbor, FL. & Tampa, FL). Genghis Tron is a trio from Philadelphia, formed in 2004. The design uses photography that I shot during the performance. I had used the standard single DVD case for past DVDs and felt that it consistently lacked in quality and had recently begun researching for higher quality materials. The Jewelboxing system rejuvenated my interest in DVD package design and I was very impressed with its simplicity to assemble. I will certainly use your product for future DVD design.”

Thanks much to Dominic for dropping us a line and here’s to hoping there’s plenty of rejuvenation to be had in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Woodstock, Rockford, Washington DC, Silver Spring, St. Paul, Jersey Shore, Southlake, Naperville, Melrose, Cuahy, Lisle, Oxford, Gainsville, Los Angeles, Suwanee, Ottawa, New York, Des Moines, San Anselmo and Boca Raton.

November 12, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

Making Noise

It’s too quiet here today at JB headquarters, especially because your regular correspondent Steve is traipsing across Nebraska with a camera this week (but that’s another story) so we thought we’d make a little noise. No, we aren’t starting a band or making a music video. Although now that I’ve said that, someone will probably want to. Anyway, we want to make a little noise so we are going to give away a free Canon Pixma iP6700D Inkjet printer, our fave and a perfect match for our system.

Starting right now, anyone who places an order for anything from Jewelboxing and drops a line to crew at jewelboxing dot com to tell us they saw this note, will be entered into the pool to win the printer. We’ll close the entries at 5:00 CST on Friday, July 27th and announce the winner at 5:01.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

Covering the Classics (Sometimes With Talent Even!)

It’s always a great day here at Jewelboxing HQ when someone sends us a copy of an album. There’s enough music geeks here in the office, so the reason why is obvious. Who doesn’t like getting new music out of the blue? It’s all the better when there’s a hook to the whole thing, like when we got in Henry Cline’s latest disc for his Hippopotty Records Music Club, “The Best and Worst Covers.” It’s filled with just that: an eclectic mix of good cover versions of songs (The Brazilian Girls doing the Talking Heads’ Crosseyed and Painless) , horrible ones (the infamous Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by William Shatner), and miscellaneous, unusual finds (like a lo-fi, live recording of Bjork doing Petula Clark’s Downtown with the Brodsky Quartet). And to make things all the better, the whole deal is beautifully packaged in one of our Standard cases, with a 15 page booklet filled with liner notes and images of truly horrible album covers. Here’s from Henry about the whole project:

“I’m a 46 year old camera operator living in Los Angeles who spends all his free time working on projects like Hippopotty Records Music Club (HRMC), or photography, my website, my blogs, my friends blogs, my next HRMC (even though it is a year away), oh and much much more. Too bad I do not have much free time.

“So, a few years ago I came across an article in Wired magazine about music sharing groups that were sprouting up all over in business settings. Co-workers making compilations for other co-workers and experiencing great bliss in this form of music sharing. I thought, “That is a cool idea, I want that as well”. And thus, Hippopotty Records Music Club was born.

“A cast of thirteen folks from around North America each have a calendar month where they need to make and distribute a compilation of there choice. That is pretty much it.

“At issue number 38, or so, and many gigs of solid music, HRMC rocks on! After a couple of years of circulation it has proved to be very successful and now there seems to be a waiting list to get involved. In a perfect world I would like to see satellite Potty groups gush forth and start a mini-ring of over-lapping music-loving fools all getting great ideas on new music to listen to from veritable strangers.”

Let’s hope there are bands out there working on clever covers about songs already written concerning the lives of those in Brooklyn, Baton Rouge, Bothell, Malibu, Santa Monica, Boulogne Billancourt, Los Altos, Straffan, New York, Derby, Phoenix, Carlsbad, Los Angeles, Venice, Evanston, Novi, Bellingham, Avon, Chicago, Charlotte, Stevenson Ranch, Wickliffe, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Nashua, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Detroit.

The Perfect Pick-Me-Up, Now Available on Disc

If you ever find yourself having a rough day, we’ve found the perfect solution: Erin Vey’s photography. Her work is bright, touching, and colorful, even when it’s in black and white. She’s able to beautifully capture those millisecond-long moments that elude the vast majority of us with cameras, and that’s the reason she’s been so successful and in demand. So it stands to reason that, when she decided to start offering her clients DVD slideshows packaged in Jewelboxing Standard cases, that they’d follow artistic suit and be just a joy to look at. And that they are. Here’s from Erin:

“A Seattle native, I work as a natural light, on-location photographer. Most of my clients are babies, children, and families, and when I’m lucky I get to work with my biggest passion — dogs.”

“I recently added the ability to purchase DVD Slideshows & High Resolution Digital Negatives to my pricelist and was looking for a unique way to showcase them. I wasn’t satisfied with the options at my local office store and wanted something with a WOW factor. A friend referred me to your site, I watched the fun video, and was instantly hooked.”

“The Design: After many iterations of design concepts, and my husband saying “just pick one!” I settled on this design. I think it is simple yet whimsical. The content of the client slideshow determines the color of their case based on the general tone of the outfits chosen during the photo session. Clients who purchase the High Resolution Digital Negatives receive detailed information inside their booklet on how to make the most out of their images. What a perfect package!”

Here’s to hoping that people are perking up when they get a look at whatever is being made in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Arlington, Milton, New York, Santa Monica, Brooklyn, Astoria, Orem, New Albany, Lombard, Perth, Hialeah, Saint Paul, Niceville, Toronto, Turlock, East Wallingford, Milwaukee, San Francisco, San Mateo, Winnepeg, Dobbsberry, Morton Grove, Seattle, Columbus, Bakersfield, Boulder, and St. Charles.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

Boxing with ‘Boxing

A terrific piece of work in our own backyard. We recently heard from Kevin Berry, a filmmaker who has just finished up his feature documentary Shadow of a Bout, which follows the stories of four young men from the Roger’s Park neighborhood here in Chicago during their time in the Loyola Park Youth Boxing Team. The film has gotten extremely warm receptions whenever it’s been screened locally, so Kevin took that next big step and began shipping Shadow out to film festivals all over the world. Here’s the whole story, straight from the source:

“I am a filmmaker. My filmmaking process entails taking on multiple creative jobs: writing, shooting and editing among other things. Back in high school I designed cassette tape inserts for my rock ‘n’ roll band; I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an undergrad; I took on freelance illustration and graphic design gigs while editing Shadow of a Bout in 2004, and over the nearly five years it’s taken to make the documentary I’ve kept my eyes open for ways to innovate and to make my artistic work dovetail with the business side of my job. I’d seen a lot of different package designs for films on DVD but nothing compared to the Kings I first saw on the Jewelboxing page back in 2005. So I ordered a 20-pack of Kings and it sat under my bed for over a year before this film came into its own. And boy, when that day arrived I felt like a million bucks. I returned home from the community screenings amped up and ready to do the story justice with a package that would make a killer first impression. A good package does not a movie make, yet when the picture has finally found its shape it deserves the best presentation possible. That’s my philosophy and I’m psyched I was able to employ images from the film and from our photographer Stephan Knuesel to round out the Jewelboxing case design and give it the sparkle that would hook people in just like a good movie should. Thanks for putting the tools at my fingertips.”

We’re planning on somehow extracting Kevin’s dedication and enthusiasm and bottling it for retail sale. If this works, we’ll be sending complimentary samples to all those in New York, Toronto, Wichita, Encinitas, Mesa, Chicago, Naperville, Concord, Salinas, Louisville, Ottawa, San Francisco, Terre Haute, Cedar Falls, Los Angeles, Venice, South Bend, Antwerpen, Odessa, Indian Wells, and Pittsboro.

In the Desert With Country, Pop, and Robot Cowboys

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; one of the joys of Jewelboxing is getting to hear from artists, musicians, and filmmakers, and learning about their projects. This week, we had that experience when we received the debut record by The Qualia and got a chance to talk with band member, Lars Casteen and Max Fenton, who designed the album using our Standard cases. The music is fantastic, an eclectic mix somewhere between electro-pop and an Ennio Morricone score(fans of The Decemberists might also like to know that we think Lars sounds a lot like Colin Meloy). On the design side, the case follows the themes in the album, with terrific, worn illustrations and familiar woodtype. Here’s the whole scoop. First from Lars:

“We really wanted to make a record that worked conceptually without being terribly rigid, so we decided a good middle ground would be to give the record a setting; the desert. And to connect the songs’ styles, we integrated elements of country and pop. The record flows gradually from over-the-top stories of the old west to the more banal accounts of everyday life. One of our goals was to have each song have a distinctive feel that matched its subject matter, while letting the whole album feel cohesive. For example, ‘Nevada’s Greatest Man,’ is about a tall-tale-style cowboy who also happens to be a robot. It feels fairly big, dramatic, and aggressive. ‘Center of the Solar System’ is about the immoral, selfish conclusions about suburban living and feels like a radio-friendly, guitar-pop single.”

“People might be interested in the record if they like 80’s and 90’s synth pop, but wanted a greater sense of purpose from the music. The songs are hopefully fun to listen to, and if we’ve done our job, don’t feel fraught with pretension. But we aren’t really interested in making overly ironic or emotional dishonest music, either. When we’re recording a song about a home-built sports car that the protagonist drives into space to meet with angels, our tongues are certainly a bit in cheek, but hopefully we’re getting at something real too.”

And from Max:

“Lars and I collaborated to create a plastic, European design to both support the electronic nature of the music and make the most of printing inkjet onto matte paper. Bold colors, vectored drawings, and a narrative created by the movement of the sun from panel to panel. With that in mind, I treated each panel as a painting. Nevada’s state flag provided the banner and an abundant source of abstract shapes to color with. I chose Clarendon becuase it’s what my buddy Andrew uses for The Believer, a magazine as smart and meticulous as The Qualia’s album. All the rest was conversation, experimentation, and an openness to making changes.”

“Design work always has the possibility of going sour, but when you’re working with your best friend, you make sure that doesn’t happen. We live in different states and keeping our conversation open through phone and e-mail let us stay close, realize his vision, and make a demo that will have a serious shot at being heard. The Jewelboxing templates definitely gave me a running start and let me put my effort into design instead of those printing details that always go wrong.”

We know it’s only a matter of time before Lars gets this terrific album into the hands of a big label, and we’re glad to have been a part of their future success. Same applies to all those in Cincinnati, Laguna Niguel, Mayaguez, Pasadena, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Studio City, Oakland, Toronto, Dallas, Wilton, Thornhill, Chatham, Houston, Desert Hot Springs, Muncie, South Charleston, Shawnee, Madison, Castle Rock, New York, San Diego, Sicklerville, Ann Arbor, St. Augustine, Culver City, Bozeman, and Berlin.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

The Why’s and How’s of How-To

We’ve been wanting to make this tutorial video for Jewelboxingfor a while now. Sure, we have a lot written up about all the pieces the make up the system and how people use the system. But it’s one thing to read through how something works, or even just browse through photos. It’s another thing entirely, something much more clear and concise, when you can actually show each and every moment of a process. We thought it might help newcomers to the site understand what the system is all about, and for those who’ve just ordered, to give them a little heads up on how easy the whole thing is going to be. And that’s why we wanted to make a video.

So on Friday of last week, we sat down and figured out just how to go about it. We decided to set up on Dawson’s desk because, unlike most of ours, his is usually clean. Unfortunately, we ran into a snag early on, as the two tripods we tried out couldn’t seem to raise the camera up high enough to really get the perfect view, the view that a Jewelboxing user would see when putting together their own case. We were stumped for a minute until we remembered the gigantic ladder we have in the storage room. “You want to make a jib?” somebody asked. So we made a shaky, but entirely useable jib and it gave us a terrific bird’s eye view of the desk. We opened the windows up, letting in a bunch of light, and then set Dawson to work in putting together a copy of our King Case sample, narrating all the while.

We couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out and really hope it provides some good use to someone out there. But hey, if anything, we got to have a lot of fun building something on a Friday afternoon, and we didn’t even break the camera. Imagine that.

Almost postive that they’ve already made dozens of attractive cases in Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Station, New York, Rocklin, Preverenges, Remscheid, Columbia, Ft. Myers, Albuquerque, Watt, Scarborough, Toronto, Warrenville, Ladera Ranch, Antwerp, Aveiro, San Diego, Burr Ridge, Chesterfield, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Santa Monica, Washington, Long Beach, Stone Mountain, Hove, Hamburg, Dorking, and Louisville.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

Studying the Case Studies

Last Summer, we received this package from the amazing motion graphics firm, Impactist, which included their beautiful, Jewelboxing-packaged reel and some additional promo material. It was so impressive, such a love at first sight type of thing, that we knew we had to do something more involved with our post about their work on the blog. And so the Jewelboxing Case Study was born. We put together a batch of questions for the Impactist’s talented co-founder Daniel Ewing, largely about the firm’s creative process, their side projects, how they got started, and some info about why they decided to go with our System to package their reel. It was a great experience and turned out to be a terrific read. And we wanted more.

So since then, we’ve had the chance to talk with Chris Glass, of the famous, defy-all-odds, internet radio station, Woxy.com, about packaging souvenir discs for the bands who stop by to play live sets at their studio. We’ve interviewed Rafael Macho, a freelance motion graphics designer whose international broadcast and film work you’ve definitely seen and have been repeatedly blown away by. A couple of months later, we talked with Chevon Hicks, founder of the really cool shop, Heavenspot Studios, creator of interactive sites for big films like the upcoming “Tenacious D” feature and little indies like the site for “The Aristocrats.” For Case Study 5, we had the pleasure of interviewing Limore Shur, the Creative Director and Owner of the awe-inspiring, motion graphics firm EyeballNYC. Later, we spent time with Craig Tozzi, founder of another motion graphics agency we’re all big, big fans of: Venice-based twothousandstrong. And for our latest, we had a fantastc discussion with Ernesto Rinaldi, the founder and head honcho at the Florida-based design firm, 451, which specializes in amazing work for both North and South American audiences.

All in all, it’s been an amazing series of features and we’re all set to keep them coming. In the interim, if you or your firm happen to have something you think might make a terrific interview, drop us a line. We’re always thrilled to see what kinds of interesting things people are doing with the System.

We’re also always thrilled when we hear from the people in Littlestown, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Boston, Venice, San Jose, Brighton, Edmonton, Sheridan, Minneapolis, Victorville, Santa Cruz, Redhill, Seattle, Forest Park, Chicago, Frisco, Winnipeg, Toronto, Portland, Burbank, Hoboken, Elmont, London, Mountain View, Riverside, Lombard, Honolulu, Boulder, Helsinki, Salinas, and Covington.

To Have and To Hold

It may appear as a bit of cross promotion, but fear not. Over at The Show, we sold out of our Dead Can Dance European Tour Box Sets in record time, almost as soon as it was announced (the band’s fans are nothing if not incredibly dedicated). But we thought you might like to see how we’re using Jewelboxing in connection with our own products.

For this particular box set, we had to come up with a solution wherein we could collect twelve shows, with two discs per night, into one attractive package. We’d been using Jewelboxing for the individual shows from the start and we wanted to keep to that, but the trick was connecting this large batch together in an approachable way. We looked at various ways to keep them together, but in the end, opted for a band of high quality, heavy stock printed paper that would wrap around the eight discs, leaving them exposed on the top and bottom for easy access, but plenty secure enough to have the cases not slip around all over the place and get scratched up. In the end, we were plenty pleased with the results. It’s a simple, cost-effective solution that maybe you can use if you run into some project that will require multiple discs, extra copies, etc.

 

We’re planning to send multiple copies of us doing numerous karaoke versions of “You Light Up My Life” to the people in Waterloo, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Albany, Ventura, Fort Worth, Ottawa, Polk City, Provo, Portland, Norfolk, Lakeside, Canyon Country, Seattle, Goshen, Whitby, Sicklerville, Winston Salem, Eden Prairie, and Shoreview.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

We’re Fond of Helicopters

Usually, in a band’s biography, you’re given a list of what other groups they sound like. The description of Chicago’s helicoptersreads: “too rock to be The Postal Service, too pop to be Beck, too modern to be 80’s, too happy to be Radiohead.” And they couldn’t be more right. Helicopters have created a sound that’s uniquely their own and it’s utterly terrific. Since member Jason Caldeira contacted us, we’ve all become big fans of their work. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they appealed to our design side by packaging their new album, How to Fake Fall Asleep, with Jewelboxing. Here’s what Jason had to say:

“In April, we released our debut album. It was two years in the making, so needless to say we were more than thrilled that our hard work had finally paid off. To celebrate, we held a cd listening party at Bella Lounge in Chicago; an atypical venue for a local band’s cd release. So of course, we couldn’t just release a typical cd. Instead, we used the Jewelboxing system to create 100 limited-edition cases featuring the work of local photographer Mark Battrell. The cds sold out almost immediately. This inspired us to release multiple limited-edition batches of the cd, all featuring the works of Chicago-area artists and photographers… and we have Jewelboxing to thank.”

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the album. You won’t be sorry. And then, make sure you check out the work of the fine folks in Needham, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Oakland, Chino, Coimbra, Weston, Fairfax, Reno, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Waltham, San Diego, New York, Arlington, Gatineau, Chicago, San Jose, Auckland, Lake Owego, Minneapolis, Manitou Springs, and Mountain Home.

Designing “Ecology”

A few months back, we ran across a site called Textilesounds, a cool independent record label/blog in San Francisco run by Matthew Dingee. It popped up on our radar because Matthew was near finishing his new solo album at the time and had begun thinking of packaging and he’d said that he was thinking about using Jewelboxing. Although the mention was brief, his blog was incredible, with him detailing every bit of album making process. We immediately knew we’d be smart to keep up with his progress. And that paid off times ten.

On the 9th, the album now completely finished, Matthew updated the site to talk about the packaging:

“The Jewelboxing folks deserve as much praise as you can heap on them. Their system allows you to produce a polished product on the cheap. Basically, you get the parts of a sharply designed jewel case complete with rounded corners and clasp closure that works. In addition, you receive perforated card stock sheets and downloadable templates for your graphics software. Hand over the templates to your excellent graphic designer friend and then print them out”

From the images we saw of what he’d come up with, we ordered the album that second, hoping the music was as good as the design. And right we were. “Designer Ecology” by Grappa, Matthew’s band pseudonym, is an amazing collection of haunting melodies, beautiful and complex compositions, and quiet brilliance. In short, it’s a tremendous album, and we’re honored that Matthew decided to use Jewelboxing to help present it. Do yourself a favor and order two: one for you, one for a friend.

We’re buying copies right now for everyone in Seattle, Burbank, Boise, Marina del Rey, Washington DC, Angwin, Delray Beach, San Francisco, La Crescenta, New York, Fort Saskatchewan, Brooklyn, San Diego, Pasadena, Beaverdam, Columbia, San Pedro, and Dennisport.

November 9, 2017 | Category: Band, Blog

Case Study 2: Woxy.com

We got to talking to Jewelboxing user, Chris Glass, a few weeks back. He’d told us about all of the projects both he and his creative counterparts were working on and using Jewelboxing for. Everything we were shown added up to a sheer cavalcade of cool. Ultimately, something needed to be chosen to be highlighted. It was decided that his work with Woxy.com was perhaps the best to show off. That said, here’s a brief interview with Chris:

So what is Woxy.com?

Woxy is an independent and alternative Internet radio station based in Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s a small outfit of DJs and a geek who all love music and weren’t satisfied with what corporate radio stations considered rock and roll.

After the traditional station’s airwaves were bought out in 2004, we generated enough interest to keep the streams going online.

How did these CDs come into play?

We started these Lounge Act sessions in our new studio last year. It’s a much better space for live recordings.

As bands would pack up their gear, we’d burn a disc for the them to take on the road. The acoustics of the space and running everything through the board sounded great, so we thought we’d make the package fit the production values.

Response from the bands has been phenomenal.

What kind of bands?

We like alternative music, and there’s been a surge of independent stuff (thanks Internet) coming to the surface — stuff you wont find on the dial, or MTV. In the past few months we’ve had: The Fiery Furnaces, Ben Lee, The Kills, Sondre Lerche, The National, The Golden Republic, Low, Of Montreal, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman (of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven), Jem, Dirty on Purpose, and Palomar. Some shots taken during a session with Fiery Furnaces here.

What inspired the Lounge Act package design?

Our new digs. The package is a series of snapshots of things you’d find when you walk in the studio: cords, headphones, CDs, wood, knobs, some retro couches, amps and more cords.

A requirement was that we needed these to be super easy to produce. So we created blank areas on the insert and back cover to write in band names and track listings on the spot. Some additional case shots here.

Why Jewelboxing?

We’ve been using your stuff for personal projects quite a while, and everyone loves them. When you’ve got one of your cases in hand, you know you are holding something unique — and that pretty much sums up the station, our philosophy and spirit of music we play.

We also liked that you can use every bit of the package to be creative, and the templates are much better than the ones you get from other kits. Word templates don’t cut it.

Oh, and they don’t break as easy as standard jewel cases.