18 Aug 2014
MMAKEM016
Natan H
Glen Park EP
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18 Aug 2014
MMAKEM016
Natan H
Glen Park EP
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11 Jun 2014
MMAKEM015
Phil Gerus10″ EP
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11 Jun 2014
MMAKEM015
Phil Gerus10″ EP
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11 Jun 2014
MMAKEM014
Shenoda
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11 Jun 2014
MMAKEM014
Shenoda
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6 Feb 2014
MMAKEM013
Laszlo Dancehall
III
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6 Feb 2014
MMAKEM013
Laszlo Dancehall
III
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6 Feb 2014
MMAKEM012
Erosion Flow
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6 Feb 2014
MMAKEM012
Erosion Flow
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12 Dec 2013
MMAKEU002 10″
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12 Dec 2013
MMAKEU002 10″
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12 Dec 2013
MMAKEU002 10″
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12 Dec 2013
MMAKEU002 10″
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23 Sep 2013
MMAKEM011
Shenoda
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23 Sep 2013
MMAKEM011
Shenoda
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23 Sep 2013
MMAKEM010
Love & Mercy
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23 Sep 2013
MMAKEM010
Love & Mercy
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7 Aug 2013
MMAKEE01
ManMakeEdits 1
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7 Aug 2013
MMAKEE01
ManMakeEdits 1
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28 Jun 2013
MMAKEM009
Laszlo Dancehall
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28 Jun 2013
MMAKEM009
Laszlo Dancehall
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6 May 2013
MMAKEM008
Laszlo Dancehall
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6 May 2013
MMAKEM008
Laszlo Dancehall
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5 Feb 2013
MMAKEM007
Trikk
Basement Traxx
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5 Feb 2013
MMAKEM007
Trikk
Basement Traxx
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM005
Natan H
& Amy Jean
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM005
Natan H
& Amy Jean
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM005
Natan H
& Amy Jean
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM006
Fold
Slime EP
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM006
Fold
Slime EP
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM006
Fold
Slime EP
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28 Sep 2012
MMAKEM006
Fold
Slime EP
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19 Nov 2012
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19 Nov 2012
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM004
Leon Vynehall
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM004
Leon Vynehall
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM003
Trikk
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM003
Trikk
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM002
Jack Dixon &
Rick Grant
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM002
Jack Dixon &
Rick Grant
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM001
George Fitzgerald
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2 Sep 2012
MMAKEM001
George Fitzgerald
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9 May 2013
ManMakeMusic
Summer 2013
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London house heavyweight George Fitzgerald and Mixcloud founder Nikhil Shah launched the ManMakeMusic record label in late 2010, uniting a small cluster of the producers DJs and artists in London and Berlin. The labels signature sound – stripped down, unapologetic, raw and timeless house cuts – would need to be reflected in the physical releases, a task that fell to me when George and Nikhil appointed me Creative Director of the label.

A pure monochrome palette suited the label’s stark sound but also their print budget; resourceful use of that QR code design meant that the same ‘Disco Sleeve’ could be utilised for the first three releases, with the Inner Labels of the vinyl completing the code. The codes led to the discography page of the ManMakeMusic site. I’m not sure if anyone actually ever scanned theirs.

 

 

 

 

2 Sep 2012
ManMakeMusic
Identity
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2 Sep 2012
ManMakeMusic
Identity
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2 Sep 2012
ManMakeMusic
Identity
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2 Sep 2012
ManMakeMusic
Identity
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2 Sep 2012
ManMakeMusic
Identity
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2 Sep 2012
ManMakeMusic
Identity
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The labels distinctive “shards” logo first started off as a marriage of an extremely stylised typographic rendition of both “MAN” and “MMM” – in its horizontal format the ghost outlines of these phrases are still visible. It can be implemented either horizontally or vertically, and appears in both formats on the releases.

The label identity was completed with a bespoke typeface; J.Smith. The face takes as its inspiration the little known typographic sketches of Percy J. Smith, a contemporary of Edward Johnston, who explored similar type forms to those that would eventually become Johnston’s seminal London Transport typeface, P22. J.Smith was designed with a simple sensation in mind that seemed to match ManMakeMusic’s particular ethos and aesthetic; London, but colder.