Bumbershoot’s 2011 artwork comes to you from the hands of Northwest designer and artist Jesse LeDoux. Born in Portland, Oregon, LeDoux worked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records where he created iconic album and poster artwork for such artists as the Shins (“Best Album Packaging” Grammy nominee for Chutes Too Narrow), Iron and Wine and Death Cab for Cutie, and co-founded Patent Pending Design with Jeff Kleinsmith. He left Sub Pop in 2004 to launch LeDouxville, where he has worked on collaborative projects for clients such as Nike, Penguin UK, and Target, among others.
For this year’s Bumbershoot campaign, LeDoux says his approach was to “create imagery that captures the diversity that makes Bumbershoot remarkable year after year.” Within the drawing, rigid geometric shapes counterbalance the flowing line drawings where one can find subjects from musical instruments and festival fare, to iconic images such as the Seattle Monorail and Seattle Center’s International Fountain.
All together, LeDoux has created a representation of the sights, sounds and wonders to be found at the Festival. While his design captures the endless flow of the weekend, he hopes that the sum of it all conveys the message that Bumbershoot can be whatever you want it to be.