Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is an epic tribute to the music and artistry of the Grateful Dead, curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. It features over 70 artists who have come together to reinterpret the Dead for a new generation. 59 tracks and over 5 hours of music makes the album a landmark to get lost in.

Similarly to the music, the design is a modern reinterpretation of the Dead’s iconography, lyrics and related imagery. Throughout the design system we use a combination of oil and water textures (referencing Joshua Light Show backing visuals of live Grateful Dead shows), and hand drawn illustrations (created by the incredibly talented Gary Panter).

This created an expandable system that would work across all the packaging, and is also flexible enough to adapt to web, motion and apparel design. The imagery may or may not require the viewer to be on LSD to get the full effect. But you didn’t hear that from us.

This is the 20th album of original music Red Hot has produced over the past 25 years to help raise awareness and money to fight HIV/AIDS and related health issue. They’re an amazing not-for-profit organization, and we’re honored to have worked with them. Thanks again Red Hot.


Creative Direction:
John Carlin & Scott Devendorf

Art Direction & Design:
The Collected Works

Project Manager:
Lucy Richards

Website Development:
Nick DiMatteo

Logo Design:
Nick Hum

Logo Animation:
Corey Brickley

Design Intern:
Allie Whitehead

Gary Panter

Lightshow Imagery:
Curtis Godino

Screen Printing:
Ambient Inks