Donda

Donda is a creative content company founded by Kanye West. The name is that of his mother who passed away a few years before the creation of the company. The company was announced in 2012 and was created as a source for design and any sort of creative ideas run by people that Kanye West admired. No one is really sure if you can get a steady job position at the company or how you can get recruited. The company is mostly secretive as there is no official website or social media handle but the company has worked on an extremely extensive selection of projects.

Here is the list of projects that Donda has worked on (list taken from Wikipedia):

Film

On May 23, 2012, DONDA debuted its inaugural creative project, a film entitled Cruel Summer, as part of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Cruel Summer was shot using a specialised camera rig, which allowed the directors to capture multiple angles simultaneously. The film, developed in collaboration with the Doha Film Institute, design firm and architecture firm OMA, was presented in a specially designed theatre – christened “Surround Vision” – featuring seven screens which surrounded the audience.

On March 7, 2015, West debuted a collaborative short film with director Steve McQueen entitled All Day/I Feel Like That. The film premiered at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France, followed by its American debut at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in July 2015.

Album/singles art

”Only One” single cover art; photo by Inez and Vinoodh

To date, DONDA has provided packaging design for the following albums and singles:

  • Kanye West, Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne”, released on August 8, 2011.
  • Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”, released on April 3, 2012.
  • Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss, “I Don’t Like (Remix)”, released on May 1, 2012.
  • Meek Mill featuring Big Sean, “Burn”, released on May 4, 2012.
  • Pusha T and Kanye West, “New God Flow”, released on July 12, 2012.
  • 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story, released on August 12, 2012.
  • Kanye West, Jay Z and Big Sean, “Clique”, released on September 6, 2012.
  • GOOD Music, Cruel Summer, released on September 14, 2012.
  • Pusha T, “Pain”, released on October 8, 2012.
  • 2 Chainz, “I’m Different”, released on November 8, 2012.
  • Pusha T featuring Popcaan and Travi$ Scott, “Blocka”, released on December 5, 2012.
  • Lil Wayne, “Love Me”, released on January 18, 2013.
  • Pusha T, Wrath of Caine mixtape, released on January 28, 2013.
  • Pusha T, “Millions”, released on January 29, 2013.
  • Lil Wayne, I Am Not a Human Being II, released on March 26, 2013.
  • Pusha T, “Numbers on the Boards”, released on May 10, 2013.
  • Kanye West, Yeezus, released on June 18, 2013.
  • Pusha T featuring Chris Brown, “Sweet Serenade”, released on September 4, 2013.
  • 2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, released on September 10, 2013.
  • Pusha T, My Name Is My Name, released on October 7, 2013.
  • Pusha T, “Lunch Money”, released on November 18, 2014.
  • Kanye West, “Only One”, released on January 1, 2015.
  • Big Sean, “Dark Sky Paradise”, released on February 24, 2015.
  • Kanye West, “All Day”, released on March 2, 2015.
  • Vic Mensa, “U Mad”, released on April 10, 2015.
  • Tyga, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, released on June 23, 2015.
  • Pusha T, “Untouchable”, released on November 12, 2015.
  • Pusha T, “M.F.T.R”, released on December 8, 2015.
  • Pusha T, “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets”, released on December 11, 2015.
  • Pusha T, King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, released on December 18, 2015.
  • Kanye West, “Real Friends”, released on January 8, 2016.
  • Kanye West featuring Kendrick Lamar, “No More Parties In LA”, released on January 18, 2016.
  • Kanye West, “30 Hours”, released on February 12, 2016.
  • Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner, “Champions”, released on June 12, 2016.

Music videos

  • “Black Skinhead” (Directed by Nick Knight), released on July 22, 2013.
  • “Beware” (Directed by Matthew Williams), released on August 16, 2013.
  • “Bound 2” (Directed by Nick Knight), released on November 16, 2013.
  • “Only One” (Directed by Spike Jonze, Concept by Vanessa Beecroft), released on January 29, 2015.

Print

  • Complex Magazine “GOOD Music: New Religion” cover story and article, printed on July 23, 2012.
  • Kanye West and Adidas Originals – Season One zine. Photography by Jackie Nickerson. Released on March 11, 2015.
  • Kim Kardashian West – “Selfish” – published on May 5, 2015.
  • Rich Wilkerson, Jr., “Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World” cover art, published on November 10, 2015.

Stage design

  • Kanye West – “Surround Vision” Concert, debuted at Revel Atlantic City on December 28, 2012.
  • Kanye West – The Yeezus Tour, debuted at Key Arena, Seattle, WA on October 19, 2013.
  • Kanye West – “All Day”, debuted at the Brit Awards, February 25, 2015.
  • Kanye West – “Surround Vision” benefit concert, debuted at Foundation Louis Vuitton on March 6, 2015.

Marketing

  • Worldwide “New Slaves” guerrilla projection campaign.
  • Yeezus “Please Add Graffiti” advertising project.
  • American Psycho homage short film, starring Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban. Released June 17, 2013.
  • “The Canyons” trailer remix, released August 2, 2015.
  • Kanye West and Adidas Originals – Season One rollout & invitation campaign. February 13, 2015.
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