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Dribbble's Pump Up Mix Vol. 4 — DKNG

Looking for some new tunes to power your creativity? Well, you’ve landed in the right place! Welcome to Dribbble’s Pump-Up Mix — your monthly Q&A and curated playlist of songs highlighting your favorite designers and the music that influences their creative process.

This month’s guest is none other than design & illustration duo DKNG. Get a glimpse of the sounds and songs that inspire Dan and Nathan’s incredible work!

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Dribbble’s Pump-Up Mix Vol. 4 — DKNG

“Much of our work is inspired by travel, and we’re missing travel a ton these days. This playlist includes some of our favorite road-tripping tunes, and also features all artists that we’ve worked with on projects like gig posters and album art.”


What role does music play in influencing your process?

Music is a huge inspiration for our work, often because we’re working directly for bands and musicians where our goal is to create a visual interpretation of their unique sound. Our hope is that when fans of a band see our work, it resonates with them as something that organically makes sense for that artist.

What artists or musicians are you currently listening to that help keep your creative juices flowing?

Khruangbin is an awesome trio out of Texas that has also collaborated with Leon Bridges, a favorite of ours and recent poster project for us. Anything instrumental makes for great work listening so we can stay focused, and Khruangbin has a great selection of instrumental songs.

Leon Bridges Los Angeles, CA Poster lion fuel station road car gas station leon bridges silkscreen screen print geometric dkng studios poster vector dkng nathan goldman dan kuhlken

Leon Bridges Los Angeles, CA Poster

by DKNG

One of our favorites, Leon Bridges, came through Los Angeles on his current tour and we were happy to create the official poster for his show at the historic Greek Theatre. Leon has a signature, vintage aesthetic that we attempted to capture in the scen...

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Who is your “go-to” artist or musician?

It’s tough to pick just one, but Galactic is a band that has been inspiring us for years, and we got to work on a poster for one of their tours a few years back. They have a traditional New Orleans sound but have also evolved a lot over the years to incorporate other styles into their music like electronic and hip hop, and they always have lots of fun guest vocalists on their tours.

Galactic // 2014 Tour Poster drums chemistry vector lab bass guitar trumpet saxophone galactic dan kuhlken nathan goldman

Galactic // 2014 Tour Poster

by DKNG

See full blog post here To kick off 2014, we had the pleasure of working with one of our favorite funk bands, Galactic. Galactic’s music fuses tradition New Orleans second-line rhythms with horns routed through guitar effects pedals and other unique so...

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Do you play music yourself? If yes, does this play into your design workflow at all?

Fun fact: Before starting DKNG, Dan and I played in a band together. Growing up in San Diego, we were deep into the pop-punk scene in high school, and shortly after we met on the high school track team, we started playing music together—Dan on guitar and Nathan on drums.

Music is one of the main reasons we got into design, and despite not playing much ourselves anymore, it continues to be a passion.

We tried to keep the band going into our first years of college but we soon realized that we were better at designing for musicians rather than being musicians. However music is one of the main reasons we got into design, and despite not playing much ourselves anymore, it continues to be a passion.

  1. Maggie Rogers today show maggie rogers drip melting vase flower illustration geometric dkng studios poster vector dkng nathan goldman dan kuhlken
  2. DMB Alpine Valley Poster dkng bottle bar alcohol tree trunk typography dan kuhlken nathan goldman dave matthews band
  3. Aerosmith summer ocean beach seagulls seagull amplifier amp aerosmith geometric dkng poster vector nathan goldman dan kuhlken
  4. New The Decemberists Posters decemberists the decemberists sun stars moon flower birds bird hourglass butterfly skull silkscreen screen print geometric dkng studios poster vector dkng nathan goldman dan kuhlken
  5. Van Morrison Los Angeles, CA Poster los angeles palm tree van morrison dkng studios nathan goldman dan kuhlken california sign neon dkng
  6. Mumford & Sons Colorado Poster sky trees tree landscape mountains mountain colorado mumford and sons illustration silkscreen screen print geometric dkng studios poster vector dkng nathan goldman dan kuhlken
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Have you worked with bands or musicians on designs before?

We’re fortunate that we’ve gotten to build our career working with many of our favorite bands. We got our start working for the Troubadour in Los Angeles where we got to design gig posters for all the great bands that came through this historic venue.

From there, we were able to branch out into working with bands directly including some of our favorites like Radiohead, The National, Jack White, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, and The Black Keys.

Black Keys // Pheonix, AZ Poster dkng vector rocket shuttle phoenix clouds sky scaffolding poster silkscreen print dan kuhlken nathan goldman black keys screen print

Black Keys // Pheonix, AZ Poster

by DKNG

The Black Keys are undoubtedly one of our favorite bands. We've had the recent honor of creating our second poster for them, which is for tonight's Phoenix Arizona show. It's a four color 18"x24" screen print and has an edition of 180. These will be ava...

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What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever attended?

We might cheat a bit here and say that our favorite concert was actually a music festival.

We had the honor of creating the branding for Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for three years, and during that time it was always a highlight of the year to get to attend the festival and see our work in-person, as well as get to share the experience with our friends and family.

One favorite year that comes to mind was 2016 where the bill included Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lettuce, Anderson .Paak, and Vulfpeck among others.

  1. Outside Lands 2016 Festival Branding outside lands san francisco nathan goldman dan kuhlken logo branding city badge patch vector dkng
  2. 2015 Outside Lands Triptych Set outside lands san francisco nathan goldman dan kuhlken triptych poster festival dkng
  3. Outside Lands 2014 Branding dkng vector geometric festival music trees dan kuhlken nathan goldman san francisco outside lands golden gate bridge


Want to keep up with DKNG? Find Dan & Nathan on Dribbble and at dkngstudios.com.

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