Umphrey’s McGee – Shoop’d Baseball Trading Cards by EBOZ

Umphrey’s McGee was in need of some big league shoop skills – so they called in the southpaw – EBOZ!  See more in the portfolio

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“A few of the lesser known quality acquisitions made by the Chicago Cubs before this year’s trade deadline. Come join us at Wrigley Field on August 11th for the UM Trifecta.”
Posted by Umphrey’s McGee on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Moon Tunes – Andy Frasco on the Wakarusa Ferris Wheel

We shot this on-location at Wakarusa… The audio was a challenge – We had wireless lavalier mics on the 3 band members – the sax player was in 1 pod with Evan – he had headphones on so he could hear the other guys. Evan was manning the audio recording rig and getting extra footage with his iPhone. The other 2 dudes were in the pod with me, 2 mounted goPro’s, and a Canon t2i handheld.

We’ve been inspired by the Take Away Show series and have been trying to bring a little bit of that guerilla flavor to these Moon Tune videos for Phases of the Moon Festival. Still learning, but this was a fun experiment. Good times.

We’re Hiring – Graphic Designer

 

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We’re looking for: Graphic Designer (contract work, part time, with potential for full-time work)

Who We Are:

AIRSHP is a boutique design, branding and marketing agency founded by twin brothers Dustin & Evan Bozarth in Austin, TX.  We help startups and emerging businesses tell their stories thru branding & identity, custom website design & development, mobile app design & development, and social media marketing.  We’ve become known for our distinctive work in the concert and festival industries, the distilled spirits industry, the restaurant industry, and for our work with various tech startups.  We pride ourselves on taking interesting work with clients that trust and value our unique creative abilities.  In other words – clients come to us for the AIRSHP touch. Our standards are high.

Must Have:

  • An impressive online portfolio of recent work
  • Good command of your design tools (Photoshop & Illustrator at least)
  • The fundamentals: brand identity, layout, color, typography, web design skills
  • The means to work remotely (computer, internet, phone, Skype, etc)
  • Ability to follow direction and deliver compelling work
  • Ability to take very little direction and STILL deliver compelling work
  • Ability to both give and receive criticism and blunt feedback, constructively
  • Ability to communicate promptly, clearly and openly
  • Must be generally available during daytime hours for meetings and other communication

Web Skills:

  • Deep understanding of responsive design techniques, grid-based design, UI/UX best practices
  • Ability to take a web project from planning > wireframe > mockup > collaborating with developers > tweaking and redesigning details > completion
  • Passion for good user experience, common sense and attention to detail
  • Coding knowledge is a plus (HTML, CSS, etc)
  • Custom WordPress design experience is a plus.

 

If interested in working for a creative and thriving shop, e-mail your portfolio and examples to jobs@airshp.com.

Phases of the Moon Video Premiere: One Small Step for Jam

Announcing the release of Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival‘s inaugural lineup film.. “One Small Step for Jam…”! BIG thanks to our friends Aaron Weiss (of One Story Productions) and Slate Systems, who collaborated with AIRSHP on this stop-motion film. We like to think of it as a nod to the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, a tribute to the spirit of exploration in all forms of art, and our own little Lunar Landing Conspiracy!

Phases of the Moon Festival

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One of our newest projects is Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival – its a new 4 day camping event held at a beautiful 3000 acre park in Central Illinois. Four days of feel good music from the likes of Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Soulive, and Martin Sexton. AIRSHP is heading up the branding, web, and marketing efforts – doing our best to craft a fresh take on the age-old ‘summer camping & music festival’ model – and its been a blast so far! Its the kind of work we love to do – utilizing our collective experiences as designers, musicians, and of course – music fans.

Check out the Phases of the Moon Festival website and follow the fest on facebook.

Pinterest…For Reals

Thought i’d post a shot of my office bulletin board to shed some light on our recent work…As you can tell, we’ve been really busy lately.

In no particular order- you’ll see branding for J.Wesley Haynes Trio, in-progress branding for a new iOS app called Campus Quad, more branding for Treaty Oak’s new Starlite Vodka, a charity t-shirt design for National Public Lands Day, various t-shirt designs for our new Austin clothing line ATXTEES, and tons more stuff.  My dad’s rock’n’roll button collection from the late 70’s, a memento from our trip to Gasparilla Island in Florida, my ticket stub from a Phish show in Oklahoma, Munchichi- an old stuffed animal rescued from grandma’s house in Atlanta, TX, some doodles for a survival blog, a sweet Flatstock poster by Bang! Media, among other things…

So that’s what we’ve been up to…What chu been doin??

 

Boz Bros Duel on TypeFight!

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We recently had the honor of being selected to submit designs for TYPEFIGHT! – a sort of celebrity deathmatch for design geeks.  We were both asked to design a number 4 in honor of independence day – our designs were then pitted against each other in the octagon of public opinion.. The voting was neck and neck – but ultimately, it was my ‘4 Dollar Bill’ design that took the title over Evan’s ‘Stars N Stripes’ entry..  I must come clean and admit that I did get plenty of photoshop help from Evan with my design, so suppose I owe him a beer (or ten) and a bag of frozen peas (for his bruised ego).  Special thanks goes to Drew Roper for being the ‘Don King’ of this story.

 

Bringing Back the Independent Artist. The $60,000 Man.


Dboz & I were talking about this concept last night: Creating an open market and currency for music downloads – free of middlemen.  He mentioned BitCoin and possibly Flattr as ways to take payments more directly…I searched and immediately found CoinDL – The so-called “iTunes of the BitCoin World”. This is pretty much the right concept..maybe just lacking visually and marketing-wise…

Backing up a bit…for a bigger picture, you’ve gotta read this article when you have a chance:  A Letter To Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered by The Trichordist‘s David Lowery.  It’s the most clear-headed and convincing argument against illegal music downloading that I’ve seen (take notes, Lars).  It also attempts to explain the reality of the situation, why our consumers have been misinformed by the “Free Culture Monvement”, and how the corporate machine is profiting from our music habit while the artist continues to suffer…It’s apparent now that the Artist Community’s “99%” have more or less been wiped-out:

  • Recorded music revenue is down 64% since 1999.
  • Per capita spending on music is 47% lower than it was in 1973!!
  • The number of professional musicians has fallen 25% since 2000.
  • Of the 75,000 albums released in 2010 only 2,000 sold more than 5,000 copies. Only 1,000 sold more than 10,000 copies. Without going into details, 10,000 albums is about the point where independent artists begin to go into the black on professional album production, marketing and promotion.

 

So, l started to ponder how WE could be a part of a global revolution – move to supporting independent artists directly.  Here’s my premise:

What would it be like if independent artists possessed the technology and reach of iTunes or Spotify? What If they had total control over the profits earned from people buying and listening to their music with no middle man whatsoever?  Could a platform be built and maintained by a non-profit tech company?

This could be part of the overall revolution in the mindset of music fans too…It would come from the grass roots, NOT from passing new laws or copy-protection…and it would feel much like the local/sustainable/unprocessed food revolution.  People realizing that they can do better, vote with their dollars…Local music and art is the purest form of creativity.  made by people you know and live with…Somehow on the internet though, music has been completely devalued…quality is certainly recognized to some extent in Austin, but the dots need to be connected from recorded music to downloads and social media.

Spotify definitely is NOT the answer – We’re already seeing the shift from illegal downloading to Spotify or iTunes as a means to “clear the conscience” for music fans…the problem is that these mega-corporations are the only ones making any money – the artists still get the shaft…One specific beef- the article blames the Free Culture movement for devaluing the music—but i’d say It’s time for a free and open technology that can work for the creators…make it free from corporate or gov’t control…free from greedy middlemen, fat cat record companies, and even shady digital-distributors.

Something worth working on, i’d say…hoping to start a dialogue from here.  Holler.

Terri Timely Makes Amazing Short Films

Terri Timely is a film-making duo from Oakland, CA.  Corey Creasey and Ian Kibbey mix a quirky visual style with great music and “pop-goes-the-weasel” timed delivery of a witty message.  I’d call it a mix between Wes Anderson, Tim & Eric and Norman Rockwell.  Not surprisingly, these dudes are scoring some big time commercials now for major brands like MTV and Nissan…But the real gold is their short films.  Be sure to check out Cecil and Children Are Gift on their website, but first, watch the inspiring Synesthesia below…

syn·es·the·sia syn·aes·the·sia (sĭn’ĭs-thē’zhə)

n.

A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.

A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain.

The description of one kind of sense impression by using words that normally describe another.