13th August 2022

Certificate of Authenticity

A closer look at the certificates I designed in 2019 to accompany a set of three art prints I released. The envelopes were handmade from paper that matched the colour of the art print and printed with the name of each patron.

These still look great three years later, but I have since refined the front design to include a wider margin (allowing space for people's thumbs and fingers when they are holding it), edition details, and other minor improvements.

More print projects will be released in the coming months.

20th July 2022

Pricing Graphics

Typographic work for Johan Qin to promote his 2022 services.

Blue version.
Orange version.

10th May 2022

eBook Cover

I designed the cover for Johan Qin's recently published eBook, How To Think Like A Talented Creator. Johan was seeking a design that would provide a strong visual presence for his text. Something original, captivating, and formal.

eBook Cover for "How To Think Like A Talented Creator" by Johan Qin.
Custom logotype for the author's personal branding.

Design Notes

The final cover is comprised of three components:

typography

The book's title is set in Caslon, an old English typeface which has been used in books for centuries. The serifs of this font and the classical layout add formality to the design, a key part of the brief.

background

The background comes from a much larger artwork of mine, A Sudden Vision. This ethereal backdrop was changed in every graphic to avoid its use becoming repetitive.

border

The border adds subtle decoration and frames the cover. As Johan noted, it also "makes it look like a reflective mirror, so the reader is getting an accurate reflection of themselves as a creator".

Quotes

Several key quotes were selected from the text and made into graphics. These feature throughout the book and were also used for promotion.

Every one of the 40+ quotes has a uniquely textured background. This ensures that each one is interesting in its own right, worth reading, and avoids the visual pollution caused by using the same assets over and over again.

Conclusion

By working closely with the author I was able to design a cover that sets the tone for the content and quality of the book, and the graphics which helped him to promote it.

Credits

Patron
Johan Qin

Art Direction
Herm the Younger

15th October 2021

Tipping Time

I was pleased to be asked to remaster Flower for the single cover of Tipping Time by Casey Wells. The new version looks beautiful on digital displays and prints true at 12 inches – the size of a vinyl record.

Single Cover for Tipping Time

This cover completed the trio of artworks we developed together, the other two being TMB and Archives, seen below.

Single Cover for TMBView project
Single Cover for Archives

25th February 2021

Nostalgia Forever

Visual branding for Gowe's 2020 EP Nostalgia Forever including album artwork, CD packaging, merch, and animation.

Album cover for Nostalgia Forever.
Single cover for Arrival.

CD Packaging

Digipak design for a limited run of physical CDs.
For the disc, the typography was printed "on silver", revealing the reflective material beneath.
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15th February 2021

Playing with Fire Typography

Custom typography for an album cover. This type matches the style and placement we developed for Johan's first release, Half Moon.

The final album cover, featuring artwork by James Daus.

29th December 2020

Half Moon Album Cover

I worked with Johan Qin, an emerging violinist from Northern California, on the album cover for his debut song D (Half Moon).

Johan initially contacted me to license Instinct, feeling that the atmosphere of the artwork suited his song perfectly.

In response, I developed two album covers – one featuring Instinct, and another featuring a new artwork created especially for the song.

The first design, based on the 2018 artwork Instinct.
The second design, based on a new artwork made for the release.

The new artwork – titled Half Moon – was chosen, and custom typography was added to finish the album cover.

Credits

Patron
Johan Qin

Art Direction
Herm the Younger

16th October 2019

Breaking Habits Album Cover

Album cover for Breaking Habits by Michael Barnum. We also created physical packaging for the CDs and worked with Felix von Líska on an animated version.

Details

Sun Illustration
Physical CD Packaging
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Herm the Younger is an artist and designer from the UK.
For inquiries and commissions please contact:
h@hermtheyounger.com