Gigposters by Jason Malmberg.
Posters, Festival Branding, Record Covers, Ephemera, Juvenalia.
Sacramento. Republic of California.
Dispatches of note and import to soothe even the most stout of brio.
Ranking R.E.M. Album Covers I was inspired by a friend’s Facebook thread about underrated late-period R.E.M. albums to create a ranking of the band’s album covers. Aesthetically. A ranking covering all their studio recordings from 1982 to their breakup in 2011. The ranking doesn’t include compilations or live albums, although I am including Dead Letter Office because … Read More
Summer is (finally) here. Time for fewer clothes, more colorful drinks, and poolside jams. To that end here comes a brilliant new Magic Tape from DJ/producer The Magician. It’s an ace new slate of indie disco and house in a more chill mode and it is going to sound straight up perfect at the beach … Read More
In the summer of 2015, I received an email out of the blue from a production company in Ireland working on a 6-part TV series about “a creative bunch of teenagers who get together to start a band. The group embark on a journey out of their rural town and onto a national stage.” It … Read More
13, Broke, Curious, Bored The moment is indelibly burnt into my memory. Every Sunday morning, I’d pick through the day’s edition of the Omaha World Herald, digging through sooty inserts and box store circulars to more or less fixate on the comics, entertainment section, the ads. What I ultimately was after were the record store flyouts: rows … Read More
After the somewhat surprising success of my solo gigposter show at Outlet Coworking in Sacramento, the show (originally scheduled to close Sunday 2/18) has now been held over and extended through mid-March due to popular demand. The show features over 12 years of my work spanning club shows, festivals, and even an album cover or … Read More
[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/themagician/magic-tape-43[/soundcloud] Producer/DJ/Genius The Magician returns with a brand new installment of his always-brilliant Magic Tape series, packed full of house, disco, and neo-garage fantasticness. I’d include a track list but there’s lots of unreleased and exclusive stuff here, though there’s the makings of a proper track listing for this getting assembled here. FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/themagicianmusic … Read More
What’s All This About Then?
I am Jason Malmberg and I’m a graphic designer and I make things out in Sacramento, California.
I have been fortunate over the past 20 years to design all kinds of
stuff: apps, games, books, magazines, websites and much, much more.
When I design gigposters or really anything to do with music I do it under the name Decabet (pronounced deh-kuh-bet).
For almost 15 years I have been designing gigposters, record covers, party flyers, and even branded several large music festivals.
Born and raised in Omaha, I have called Sacramento and Northern California my home since 1999.
My skills run the spectrum from collage to photography to illustration with a heavy emphasis on color and typography. You can see a wide selection of it in my portfolio.
Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to do work for a wide array of artists, from early work I did for alternative country legend Jason Isbell, to solo and package shows for Australian dance pop act Cut Copy, to an unprecedented run of five different posters for touring giants Kings of Leon in 2017. That same year I’d do my first poster for heavy metal legends Metallica. All in all I’ve had an enormously lucky run to work on the variety of projects that I have. Where possible I have written case studies both formal and informal to give you a sense of why I did what I did, what I was going for, whether I pulled it off or not, etc. Feel free to contact me with any questions about intent or technique and if you have a project you think I’d be a good fit for, hit me up and let’s make something rad.
Gadfly • Ladies Man • Man’s Man • Man-About-Town
If you googled me looking for my portfolio of branding, web, and publication design work, you’ll wanna head over to my other site.