It’s impossible for the members of Interval Press to discuss their work without getting impassioned. A true labor of love, all four members are professionally trained graphic designers with day jobs—utilizing their free time to produce screen-print posters for the local independent music scene, as well as the occasional piece for a local arts organization or two.
Founded in 2008 by Kyle Marks and Ben Della Rosa, Interval Press started out as a garage-based operation. The creative duo spent long, hard (and often hot) nights designing gig posters for various local musicians. Eventually, John P. Forrest Jr. entered into the mix and, according to the collective’s website bio, it was his “skill and wise council in the field of design and printing [that] was a catalyst to advancing Interval to where it is today.” In 2010, the group upgraded its operating base to a much cooler studio space inside the Verge Center for the Arts. Most recently, the talented and personable Hans Bennewitz was inducted as a member of the group. Apparently his endless creativity and smooth wit were among the things that won over the rest of the gang.
While the intersection of music and graphic design is a shared affinity, each designer brings his own unique perspective to the process, drawing from a variety of personal experiences and stylistic influences. For each project, the collective presents four decidedly different concepts based on each designer’s visual interpretations of the music at hand. Whether they pull their inspiration from the lyrics, history of the band or their initial impressions, it’s important to the collective that each design communicates the music. Based upon the client’s feedback, the collective then works to refine the final design before putting ink to paper.
Each individual’s eclectic take on a project, as well as the camaraderie of the group has led to the creation of many inspired gig posters for promoters, venues and musicians alike. While the direct connection to each show may vary, the collective confesses that they get a thrill from attacking a new challenge from a design perspective—always striving to turn out the best work they can.
“We love to create, both by mentally solving the problem but also in the physical sense,” explained John. “When a client is excited about what we have done that is simply an amazing reward,” he added.
A shared love of problem solving and creating has made the men of Interval Press a creative force to be reckoned with, which can only mean great things from them in the future. Plus, after touring their studio at Verge—which they describe as having an “industrial clubhouse” vibe—and chatting over some beers at Bows and Arrows, I can safely say that these guys are good people. Scroll down for shots from their studio, as well as images from the recent Interval Press show at Bows and Arrows.
The following shots are from last month’s art exhibit, Chromatic, up at Bows and Arrows. More on the show and an interview with the Interval Press folks over here.