The Juno Awards recognize excellence in the music industry, but the music industry is about more than music.
At this year's awards, sponsored by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), Vincent Marcone took home a Juno in the CD/DVD artwork design category for his work on It Dreams, a release by the Vancouver-based industrial-pop musical collective Jakalope. His distinctive design embodies a mythological, other-worldly portrayal of the band's namesake: part jackrabbit, part antelope.
Marcone is a 1998 graduate of the three-year Graphic Design program of Conestoga College, a program renowned for its teaching of a full array of design and rendering skills, in both traditional and electronic modes.
A man of many parts, Marcone has been closely associated with Jakalope since its inception in 2003. Besides the cover design, he also designed Jakalope's Web site, supervised visuals for the band's five-city Canadian tour this winter and even co-directed two of the band's videos. He has his own band, Johnny Hollow, and his own design firm, My Pet Skeleton (www.mypetskeleton.com ). His distinctive, imaginative designs are featured on CD and album covers, Web sites and games.
He is following in the steps of a colleague. Another Graphic Design graduate from the Class of 1998, Susan Michalek, who works with Universal Music in Toronto, was co-winner of a Juno in 2004. She and Garnet Armstrong received the award in the album design category for their work on Jann Arden's Love Is the Only Soldier. The album was released in 2003 and is a compilation of original songs about finding and losing friendships. It was produced by Arden, herself a winner of multiple Junos over the past decade.
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