Type SongsShaping song meanings with typography
- Type Songs is a personal project mixing my passion for music and a growing interest for poster design and typography. Its purpose is to illustrate great songs with their lyrics, following different tracks : song meanings, lyrics humor, music atmosphere, sometimes historical context... You'll find mostly rock & alternative songs, but sometimes I work on other styles.
Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Queen, The Stooges, Radiohead,
The Doors, Johnny Cash, Blur, The White Stripes, Eels, PJ Harvey,
Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, CAKE, The Police, Oasis,
Madness, Mr Bungle, Joy Division, Deftones, Black Sabbath,
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mark Lanegan, Ray Charles, Morphine...
>> Most of selected songs are available on my Grooveshark playlist right here >>
- # 1. Work on a band only once
# 2. Choose a great song (of course)
# 3. Try to focus on less known tracks
Working on a song takes time, catching its meaning needs a lot of research, and music is plenty of unexplained stories. I had to give up some great songs 'cause they were too obscure, or because I wasn't convinced by theories I read.
Some bands have so much great songs that I have difficulties to choose, notably for my favorites. I faced dilemmas for artists like David Bowie, Eels or Queen. And I still haven't choose songs for the Smashing Pumpkins, Portishead, Faith No More, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones...
I'm also open to suggestions, feel free to send me your favorite songs. Or you can simply contact me to discuss about music, and your opinion on songs I already worked on.
- # 1. Use at most 5 colors in a poster
# 2. Make it simple ("Less is more")
# 3. No textures
I decided to establish some guidelines early in this project. These constraints force me to focus on composition, vector shapes and color schemes. I learned a lot following these rules. I also learned to cheat a few times.
- Some Type Songs are based on an interpretation beyond others, that's why my choice mostly depends on my feeling about it. For example, we can find different theories about Sail to the Moon by Radiohead, and I've chosen my favorite : Thom Yorke talking to his son. But, well, I might be wrong. And I'll be glad to discuss of it.
- This one was really funny to work on, but asked for a way to edit hieroglyphs. I also read a book about egyptian syntax, as I wanted to write : "The sailor falls in the sandbank". Yeah it's really ambitious and probably full of spelling errors (if there's a specialist around here...).
- Dead End Street is a bonus track from Face To Face, released in 1966. I guess that one day, as many British people, the Kinks have seen the poster "Keep calm and carry on". My version is less optimistic than the original, as the song is about the poorest districts of London.
- Bowie wrote this song after reading an article in the newspaper about an old woman stealing a tin can to survive. This poster is inspired by Cambell's soup cans design, and also reminds Andy Warhol, as Bowie was part of his circle (he also played Warhol in the motion picture Basquiat).