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The 43c

The 43c is a visual design shop serving bands, labels, and small businesses. We recently reopened for business and look forward to working with you on your next project.

Read more below about the history of the shop, a few folks we've worked with in the past, and finally, check out a gallery of previous work.

What we do

Whether a band, label, or small business, The 43c designs for people who share a similar grounding and aesthetic. We apply the same care and attention to detail to our work as one would find in a larger firm or agency.

  • Album design and layout

  • Merchandise art and design

  • Website design (*design only, we no longer build sites)

  • Business or organization consultancy

  • Ephemera

Let's talk about what you have in mind. Get in touch with your project details or just to say hi. Contact us

An abridged history

Founded in Boston circa 2001, The 43c landed its first design projects working with local punk and hardcore bands The Explosion, Reach The Sky, and The Suicide File.

In 2002, Bridge Nine Records reached out to The 43c to redesign their website. However, instead of a one-off project, an offer materialized to join the label. Soon after, Desmond became the label's first employee as New Media Designer, Webmaster, and eventually international distribution rep. 

Because B9 shared space in the Initech office, it was through proximity and personal relationships that Desmond became involved in projects for Doghouse Records and The Kenmore Agency. Throughout those years, The 43c engaged with a variety of bands and labels in or near the hardcore, punk, and indie scene—designing websites, merch, record covers, and show flyers.

In late 2003, Desmond moved to Austin and shuttered the business to concentrate on a budding career in user experience design. Now, after a 20-year hiatus, The 43c picks up where it left off in Boston as operations move to the Philadelphia area—home to as energized a music scene as can be found anywhere on the east coast.

Selected clients


The Explosion

Reach The Sky

The Suicide File


Say Anything

Rachael Cantu


Strhess Clothing

Labels, etc.
The Kenmore Agency

Life Recording Co.

Second Nature Recordings

ECA Records

Doghouse Records

Bridge Nine Records

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The Boston Years

A gallery of work from the early days of The 43c.

Pardon the quality of some images as they were pulled from long-defunct websites or from archival sources/hard drives.


Images are for visual reference only and are not interactive.

Seller Shot Website
Seller Shot Website
CD Layout for Seller Shot
Panic LP Layout and Poster
Rocky Votolato Website
Rocky Votolato Website
Halifax CD Layout
Halifax CD Layout
Halifax CD Layout
Flyer for Stretch Armstrong and Hope Conspiracy
Tour Laminate for Reach The Sky
Tour Laminate for Reach The Sky
Website for Reach The Sky
Website for Limbeck
Record cover for Say Anything
Record cover for Say Anything
Website for The Kenmore Agency
Website for Gameface
Website for ECA Records
Website for Perfect Victim Records
Website for Rachael Cantu
Website for Rachael Cantu
Banner Ad for The All-American Rejects Tour
Banner Ad for The All-American Rejects Tour
Banner Ad for The All-American Rejects Tour
Banner Ad for Vagrant Records
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