Rock On!

Posted on | October 17, 2013 | Posted by John Heiden

Smog is happy to announce the release of Lisa Johnson’s beautiful new rockin’ photography book 108 Rock Star Guitars. 15 years in the making, Lisa documents legendary guitars that have defined the medium. Join Lisa tonight for her West Coast photography exhibit opening and book signing at Mr. Musclehead, 7511 W. Sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90046.

I’m Gonna Wreck It!

Posted on | November 1, 2012 | Posted by Glen Nakasako

The The Art of Wreck-It Ralph (Chronicle Books) is released in the US today, and it represents the most complex book I’ve worked on to date. The movie takes place within a number of very different environments, so it made sense to design each chapter to reflect those worlds. The result is essentially 5 books in 1. Be sure to check out the movie which comes out tomorrow. The animators at Walt Disney Animation really outdid themselves this time!


(click on images for a better view)

A tragedy sandwich with a slice of bliss.

Posted on | July 30, 2012 | Posted by John Heiden

We’re happy to be working with Ben Folds Five on their new LP – The Sound of The Life of The Mind. The original power trio’s new LP will not disappoint—full of tragedy, bliss and more tragedy. Nick (Pomus) Hornby wrote the lyrics for the title track. Cover painting by Eric Joyner.


Coming soon to your local independent record store.


I love you. I hate you. Don’t eff with me.

Posted on | July 17, 2012 | Posted by Jeri Heiden

Check out the cover for P!nk’s new album “The Truth About Love“, coming out September 18th. So excited to be working with this talented lady again. We just love her killer style and attitude – and that’s the TRUTH.

Call an Ambulance. I Need a Trip to the ER . . . STAT.

Posted on | June 29, 2012 | Posted by Glen Nakasako

We recently had the pleasure of creating the identity for Everson Royce, a new retail wine store in Old Pasadena. Started by Randy and April (two of the owners of Silverlake Wine) and their buddy Joe, they specialize in boutique wine, spirits, and beer from around the world, plus excellent, friendly customer service. Stop by this weekend and enjoy a glass of vino at the bar. Tell them SMOG sent you!


Everson Royce 155 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-765-9334

The first thing they told us was that they didn’t want a traditional wine shop logo. NO burgundy, NO metallic gold, and if we included any wine references, they should be very subtle. If you’re not paying attention, you may never spot the hidden wine glass in the logo.

As an added bonus, we got to work with Ana Henton of MASS Architecture, who did an incredible job designing the space. (She kicks some serious design ass.)

Three Boys From Pasadena

Posted on | June 11, 2012 | Posted by John Heiden

I am happy to announce the opening of my friends Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis photography retrospective at Art Center College of Design on Thursday June 14. Three Boys From Pasadena is a beautiful exhibit chronicling over 30 years of their individual work and ongoing friendship with Helmut Newton. The show was originally curated by June Newton and first shown at Helmut Newton’s Foundation in Berlin.

Here are Just and I on press at TypeCraft in Pasadena.

Lots to like about John Mayer

Posted on | June 3, 2012 | Posted by Jeri Heiden

Congratulations to John Mayer on his #1 album – Born And Raised. The beautiful artwork was created by David A. Smith, a traditional ornamental glass artist (amazingly gifted + incredibly humble guy) working in Torquay, Devon. SMOG helped out with the packaging layouts and we’re very proud to have played even a small role in bringing another great JM record to the fans. Check out “Queen of California”, “If I Ever Get Around to Living” and “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey”.

Kicking today’s music in the balls*

Posted on | May 16, 2012 | Posted by Jeri Heiden

Congrats to Garbage on the release of their first new album in 7 years – “Not Your Kind of People” – and darklings it was worth the wait. We had a grand old time time working with Shirley and the band on the creative campaign for this project. The packaging includes killer photos by Autumn de Wilde, amazing bone assemblages by Ryan Corey, and much more. Finally, we can share some of it with you.

*To borrow from one reviewer on iTunes (five stars of course).

The Dallas Show

Posted on | April 18, 2012 | Posted by Jeri Heiden

Had a wonderful time in Dallas judging the 2012 Dallas Show. A big thanks to my fellow judges (Eric, Pum, Jimmy & Seth) and all of the wonderful people at the DSVC, Olmsted-Kirk Paper Co.Dick Patrick and the many volunteers who helped make it a truly memorable and inspiring weekend.


Posted on | April 10, 2012 | Posted by Jeri Heiden

So stoked to be working with the amazing Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on artwork for their upcoming release, The Lion The Beast The Beat. Check out the first single, “Never Go Back,” written by Dan Auerbach and GP&N. With original artwork by the equally amazing Deedee Cheriel. Can’t wait for this record.

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