DECABET. POSTERS BY JASON MALMBERG
GIGPOSTERS, FESTIVAL BRANDING, RECORD COVERS, EPHEMERA, JUVENALIA.
SACRAMENTO. REPUBLIC OF CALIFORNIA.
Simply fuss free.
WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT THEN?
I am Jason Malmberg and I’m a graphic designer and I make things 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 20 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 decoupage to illustration, all with a heavy emphasis on color and typography. You can see a wide selection of those techniques on display here in my portfolio. Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to do work for a wide array of artists, from alternative country legend Jason Isbell and his former band Drive-By Truckers, to solo and package shows for Australian dance pop act Cut Copy, to a 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.
— Jason Malmberg / Decabet
Periodic dispatches of note. Rich with brio and humor.
Ranking R.E.M.’s Album Covers Aesthetically 1982-2011
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,...
Our Band Could Be Your Typography Lesson
13. BROKE. CURIOUS. BORED. The moment is burnt indelibly into my memory. Every Sunday morning, I’d pick through the day’s edition of the Omaha World Herald (I'm a Nebraska boy. Or at least was for my first 25 years), and I was leafing through inky inserts and box store circulars to more or...