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10 January 2011

Circle logic

Subjective mapping meets ‘data accuracy’ in The Floating World

The artwork for The Floating World, a new instrumental electronic album by Inch-Time is by designer-illustrator Stefanie Posavec.

She notes that her methods, ‘might irk a rigorous information designer,’ since it applies an ‘infographic’ approach to her subjective responses to the music’s sound – a different circular image for each track on the album.

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‘I notated the up-and-down aspects of the sounds using a pencil, then created the circular designs by repeating the initial pencil sketch according to the number of times the sound was heard within the song,’ Posavec explains. ‘It's a mix of data accuracy and subjective mapping.’

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The CD cover (above) and slipcase (bottom) show all the track diagrams in colour and black and white respectively, while the booklet shows one image per page – like an instrumental lyric sheet.

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So the graphics tell you something about the way the tracks differ from each other in texture and activity.

Inch-time is the nom de disque of Stefan Panczak, who made The Floating World on a laptop, citing the inspiration of Japanese artists Hiroshige and Hokusai. You can hear and buy Panczak’s music on his Mystery Plays Records site.

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More about Stefanie Posavec at her site www.itsbeenreal.co.uk. and on ‘Designing MyFry’ on the Eye blog.

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