Take a quick look around Designers.MX and you'll immediately know why we approached its co-founder, designer/creative producer Blake Allen, to be part of our weekly series. Kick back with his diverse Playlist—a mixture of movie tunes and a little gran cassa you could probably easily hear playing through the halls of his office in Nashville.
What do you listen to while you work? Everything. (Jazz, Instrumental, Rap, Country, Folk.)
How do you listen? It varies. Usually when I'm at the office, I use Bose headphones, but we've set up a "jukebox" (iMac) with all of our music and play it through the office. When I'm working from home, I use an AirPort Express with my surround sound. Definitely my favorite way to listen to music.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I follow plenty of music blogs and share new music with friends. That is the reason Josh Sullivan and I started Designers.MX. To help find and share new music.
Does music influence your work? Without a doubt. It helps me filter out other distractions and get lost in the exploration of design.
Who influences your musical taste? Fellow designers. We share music in the office, which introduces me to new music that I wouldn't normally listen to.
What song or artist best represents the work you create? Claire de Lune. Classic.
- DLZ, TV On the Radio
- On We March, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
- Cover Your Tracks, Young Galaxy
- Benjamin and Daisy, Alexandre Desplat
- No Harm, The Boxer Rebellion
- The Space in Between, How to Destroy Angels
- What Must Be Done, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
- Ada Plays, Gabriel Yard
- Hearing Damage, Thom Yorke
- Running from the Cops, Phantogram
- Tennessee, Hans Zimmer