The meaning behind the music
When Stefan begins to work on an album cover, he always talks with the band about the music first, how it occurred, the meaning behind the songs and why they’ve been written. They don’t talk so much about the design itself and what the cover’s going to look like, the music is the foundation and Stefan’s job is to visualize it. His design for the new-wave band Talking Heads box “Once in a Lifetime” brought home his first Grammy Award in 2005. But his proudest work is the dart work he made for David Byrnes and Brian Enos album, “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”, which he also received a Grammy Award for in 2010.
– The music is exuberant and positive but reveals a darker edge after listening a few times. We let this influence the design of the package, an idyllic suburban house sets the stage for many different scenes, some of them disturbing, but all of them eluding to a deeper story. It was a very interesting job, David and Brian were fantastic to work with and the music was magical, says Stefan.
Printed material keeps fascinate
Almost every day, Stefan works with something that includes paper, and from the start it was the only material he wanted to work with in his design. But nowadays, the agency produces so much more than printing design, such as furniture’s and films, which means that the used material varies.
– I still love to be around printed material, and I’m surprised by the fact that many young designers also do that, even though they are born in a digital world. The best part about paper is that it has many limits; size, color, durability for example. That allows you to try to go to the edge of these limitations. It is almost impossible to design without limitations, when everything is possible things tend to get vague, says Stefan.