Founders | Drate-Salavetz Design
SPENCER DRATE/JUDITH SALAVETZ are award-winning creative directors, designers, authors, curators, radio personalities. They have designed for the music famous including 23 Rock Hall of Fame inductees and their music design in MoMA, AIGA and The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame archival collections. Their music design displayed in shows at major museums The Louvre, Cooper Hewitt Museum, MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, The Queens Museum and The GRAMMY Museum plus major galleries. Their music design displayed in traveling shows “The Who Shot Rock n Roll Show” (2009) and “The Ramones Show” (2016-17). Spencer was the first album cover designer interviewed on MTV/VH1.
Spencer was a GRAMMY judge for 4 years on the album packaging committee in NYC and nominated for a GRAMMY in album packaging co-designing with Talking Heads’ “Fear Of Music” in 1980. Spencer was a past Alex Awards judge for several years. Spencer was a pioneer in promoting special CD packaging in major media and books including being interviewed on MTV/VH1 and both curated a “Special CD Packaging” show at The One Club in NYC. They have authored 21 pop-culture books all visually driven and interviewed on radio, major media and books. Their “45 RPM” book (2002) and “FIVE HUNDRED 45s” books predicted vinyl’s comeback.
They are on the board of “The Southeastern International Film Festival” and they have a pop-culture radio show aired on Red Velvet Media Blogtalk Radio since 2010. Spencer also contributes articles to Punk Globe Magazine. They are members of The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, AIGA and NARAS. They are presently on tour of their iconic music design life “It’s A Long Way To The Top” and have been video interviewed by AIGA with both events to be on youtube. They are mentioned in “LOU REED: A LIFE” book authored by famous Anthony DeCurtis having iconic designed albums for Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground with Sylvia Reed.