In addition to live screen printing at the book launch for Beat Box, we also had the opportunity to do some print design for a mixtape that our friend DJ7L created for a 2nd event at the ICA. The design constraints were a nice nudge in the way of creating the imagery.
The entire Beat Box book was designed using fonts that you would see on a drum machine. I wanted mixtape design to have a similar feel. I had been doing some experiments with sacred geometry in Illustrator just before this project began. The main linework/image is an abstracted version of what I was working with there.
The print production was fairly straight-forward. I setup as many prints as I could on the parent sheet size and ran off as many as I needed. The parent sheets were run through my trimmer, down to the final pre-fold size. Then I had to score and fold each card so that the CD would fit inside. That last step was pain staking but the results were worth it.
Here’s a little process video we created during the score and fold process: