Post: The 20 Minute Album Cover

The 20 Minute Album Cover

August 16th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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I did the fake album cover above with this fun little challenging design exercise:

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1) Band Name

Go to wikipedia and hit theĀ random link. The title of the first article you get is your band name.

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2) Album Name

Go to Random Quotations and select the last 3 to 5 words of the last quote.(i linked to a different random quotes site, the other one i used sucked at randomization)

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3) Photo

Go to Flickr and Explore The Last Seven Days. Pick the third photo, if it’s just completely lame or unusable, grab the second or fourth. If Flickr won’t let you save the photo, take a screen shot.

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4) Typeface

I’d say this is a typographic design exercise more than anything, finding the right typeface and treatment to go along with the name and photo is where your design sense comes in. In this instance i decided to go with the lovely fashionable Didot, designed by Adrian Frutiger.

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5) Texturing / Coloring / Vignetting

This step is optional, but i think it adds a nice touch to color correct or colorize your photo (Photoshop’s Hue & Saturation and Levels), add some vignetting, or play with texturizing. In mine i added some vignetting to make the text more legible, and the photo less flat. I also used the above texture from Lost & Taken in the overlay blend mode.

This one took me about 20 minutes. Time yourself and see how long it takes you to do something you’re happy with.

3 Responses to “The 20 Minute Album Cover”

  1. Actually that looks rather convincing. I could swear I’ve seen this typeface on an album poster in the tube, but can’t remember which one is it. You got a really cool name, btw, i wouldn’t be surprised it there was a band with this name.

    I will try it myself, see what i can come up with.

  2. yeah it kinda reminds me of Interpol or Vampire Weekend….

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