Design plays an integral role in elevating a musicians presence through the work they release. However as social formats change and content delivery diversifies more becomes necessary to further carry and project the music, product or story being communicated.
Cosmic Cavern Studio is a Western Canadian Music Award winning outlet, by illustrative designer and musician Shalom Toy, that focuses on helping musicians, music based entities and others increase their impact through strategic creative that embraces it's origins.
Design at its strongest seeks to tell the truth, remove barriers and transform a potential weakness into a differentiating core strength. Stunning design can get your attention but what informs it can capture value at the level you want to operate without getting lost in translation. See below for some of the process.


1. Purpose → Method
discovery • goals • direction
2. Approach → Disciplines
graphic design • illustration • motion graphics • animation • info design • typography • 3D modelling + motion • photo • manipulation • colour grading • video editing • colour theory implementation 
3. Solution → Projects
music packaging • product • animated lyric video • visual identity development + implementation • merch • tour poster • music festival branding • brand guide development • 360° product modelled video • advertising elements • ect
About Shalom
Education:
Bachelor of Design degree in Graphic Design - Alberta University of the Arts (2017) • Cinema 4D Basecamp Certificate - School of Motion (2020)
Most Used Programs: 
Procreate • Cinema 4D • Adobe Photoshop • After Effects
Favourite Designers: 
Invisible Creature • Strange Practice • Doublenaut • Studio Muti
Illustrators: 
Hsiao-Ron Cheng • Vivian Mineker • Matt Forsythe • Kaspain Shore 
Records: 
“Pink Moon” Nick Drake • “The Swiss Army Romance” Dashboard Confessional • "A Fire So Bright The Heavens Can See It" Search the City • "Nothing is Sound" Switchfoot • "20/20" Knuckle Puck • "Love You in the Dark" Sombear 
Movies:  
A Walk to Remember • Nacho Libre • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy • Ready Player 1
TV Shows: 
Heroes • Prison Break • The OA
Likes: 
Honeydew • memes • project research • colour theory • baja blast
Dislikes: 
Seasonal allergies • a hard drive's ability to crash • black liquorice
Wants to Learn: 
Drums • a good card trick 
Has Learned: 
Limitation and discomfort can fuel your strongest bodies of work • Don’t rely on anyone to care the way you do about something and act on it in the way that you will • The person you are trumps the work you do
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