Archive for the 'Design' Category

JR #01: NEVER FAIL & PxHxT – Split 7″

Two different bands, the same record, 6 new tracks.

There was no better way to officialy start a record label intended to have no barriers, than with a record that mixes styles, sonorities and messages. NEVER FAIL and PxHxT prove in this record that what matters the most is people, leaving differences on the background and uniting themselves with Juicy to release a threesome record, but with a single idea. Crossover baby.



The Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design

This is a short and very synthetic index of contents related to graphic design. It covers not only the technical stuff, like typography, color groups, printing processes, CMYK, etc, but also gives brief introductions to artistic movements and external concepts that became a common ground in the work of graphic designers or designers in general.
It features one content per page, always illustrated with a graphic example and a brief text.

It is very minimalist, and some stuff is poorly explained or lacks some background details, but anyone starting on this area or just seeking for basic notions will be satisfied with the book.

I finished this book just in time for my attendance to a Graphic Production workshop with Conceição Barbosa, whose book I also read two years ago, and not only I’d suggest her future workshops, but her book is definitely an important reading for anyone seeking to develop work that will go into a serious production.
I dare to say that after reading Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design and Conceição’s book, anyone would be ready to talk business with any graphic designer or printing facility.



Juicy Records begins to leave its mark in 2010. Not to reinvent, nor to divide in worthless categories of genres and aesthetics, but to serve as a platform for projects that transport contents through music.

Music with content is music that transmits something. Values, messages, emotions, stories…all of these have been brought to us over many years by music, and now it’s time to gather some friends and give something back.

It’s official, JUICY RECORDS, my own record label, is out. Check the site for all the relevant info.

You may or may not have heard about it in the last couple of weeks, you may or may not have helped me in some way to put it together, but right now it feels good just to see it take form.

Some people have asked me why am I doing this, why drag my money, my time and my energies on something that can  be a total failure just by looking at the state of things nowadays…my answer: I’m just doing me, I’m just following an old dream and creating something to share with everyone.

All my life I have been inspired by music. Not only by the bands playing on stage, their words, but also by the  people standing on the backstages, working hard to make things happen. I have been on both sides, but most of the time I am just a kid in front of a stage waiting for that burst of sound that makes me feel alive…to all those kids, I bring JUICY RECORDS to life.

It’s kinda my way to say thank-you to hardcore and music in general. It was all a dream…but maybe it is finally coming true.




Astoria Scum River Bridge

Inspiring. A true act of citizenship that shows how simple things, done with little effort, can help your community and improve quality of living.

Measuring Type

“Measuring Type is a project comparing a selection of the most commonly used typefaces with how economical they are with the amount of ink which they use at the same point size. Large scale renditions of the typefaces were drawn out with ballpoint pens, allowing the remaining ink levels to display the ink efficiency of each typeface.” @ Design Year Book: Measuring Type by Matt Robinson

As an autodidact of Graphic Design and even Design in general, I find this absolutely genius, it’s a great idea and designers should have this in mind whenever they produce something for printing. The use of a “lighter” typeface reduces the amount of ink and therefore is environmentally healthier.

Again NOTCOT posted something great. I feel bad for not checking that site and many others about this thematic as much as I’d like, but in compensation I’m again reading something ’bout Graphic Design and should post a review in a near future (around 2013, if calculated by my medium reading velocity lol).

More pictures here.

Hope for Haiti

It’s not much, but it’s what I can give for now.

I decided to give to this site firstly cause I saw it on TV the other night, but also mainly due to the fact that they have everything explained in terms of fund distribution and partnerships.
It was very easy to donate, I even payed with paypal, and I felt my money will go to the right place.

Donate here, or just choose another organization like AMI or Unicef, I will try to donate to them also in the upcoming months.
If you don’t have a credit card, a paypal account or any other way to donate online, get in touch with me and I’ll arrange a donation for you, with receipts and everything.


Recycled Light

I found this on NOTCOT.ORG, really simple and creative.
It doesn’t bring anything new to the table of things-you-can-do-with-recycled-or-reused-items, but I find it very beautiful and definitely something I’d put on my own room.

More pictures, info and other ideas here.

Happy New Year everyone! See you all on 2010 ;).