Today I want to do a quick shout-out to B-Side Graphics. As many of you know, when Joel Kerr and I made It’s a Free Country, the beautiful cover was illustrated by Dave Cooper. However, what you may not know, is the back of the album cover was designed by a fellow named Jamie Breiwick, a phenomenal trumpet player and graphic designer in Milwaukee, Wi.
Jamie and I met on the internet about a year and a half ago. He bought my CD, then I bought his, then he bought mine, and then I bought his. Basically we passed the same twenty bucks across the border for a year. His trumpet playing and music is unreal. Check it out below.
Shortly after we met, Jamie announced that he was starting a design company called B-Side Graphics, and Joel and I were looking for someone to design the back of the album. Jamie was just building his portfolio, but I could tell right away that his work was that of an artist. As a designer, he truly understands historical jazz record design, and matches it will his own creativity and design skills. Furthermore, not only is his professional demeanour flexible and easygoing (especially given that sometimes I’m a pain to work with!), AND his work keeps getting better. (I will add, too, that I feel the same way about his trumpet playing – gets the history, has tons of skill, brings his artistry too it, and is better and better everytime I hear him.)
So, with this in mind, I wholeheartedly recommend Jamie’s work. Below are just a few of his recent posters. Check out his website and more of his work at http://bsidegraphics.com/