Funny how taking such a simple and common image and making it stand out. The photo actually starts to become sculpture and everything from the border to the symmetry of the text all play their part as design elements.
Martinez & Guthrie
It's a good thing we still have our art supplies from the 80s at the office. A look like this could be done entirely on the computer, but dipping wooden dowels in ink, ripping paper, and playing Jackson Pollock can be very rejuvinating.
Martinez & Guthrie
We also printed these two CD covers on the uncoated side of the paper which gave then that added canvas feel. Really makes you want to touch it.
This project basically began as a dissertation and didn't really need all the bells and whistles, but it was a beautiful endeavor of recapturing rare Argentine art songs for voice and piano. We wanted to capture that poetic flow along with the culture.
Ben wanted a design that was VERY rustic and filled with nostalgic memorabilia so we emulated an old cigar box. Opening the cover panel revealed a box filled with personal pictures, trinkets, writings, and "stuff." It's just a 6-panel digipak but really more of an experience.
Janis contacted us saying she was inspired by our simple, bold look and wanted something similar for her live DVD concert packaging. In other words, "do what you do best." This is why we'll stick to our day jobs.
Our CD designs are typically when we think way "out of the box." With such a minimal amount of real estate, it's crucial to get that first glance, memorable impression while capturing the mood of the music. The antique, leathery feel of this design, juxtaposed with contemporary type design, visually replicates the straight-ahead/smooth jazz sound of the band.
Hot off the presses (Spring 2014).
We've always tried to dissuade pop artists from going with the glamour shot for the cover. Not that they have a unique, personal look, but there's something too "predictable" about those covers. Instead, find that subtle characteristic and package it. A certain amount of mystery will trump the obvious any day.
The next three CD covers are catalogs of music samples for performers to purchase and use for their own music. The equivalent of factory product for the artistically inclined. Portraying a particular style of music was unnecessary since each disc covers many. They're more of an "alt" library.
Each CD cover needed a unique theme and color palette to clearly differentiate one from the next. The flower and butterfly symbolize the pollination and morphing process capable with these musical samplings.
A little bit more literal. This cover illustrates the "tailoring" to your needs process while still being abstract enough to open the door to all genres.
Washington Area Music Association (WAMA)
What started out as a large format poster, eventually became a compilation CD showcasing Washington area musicians from all walks of life and styles of music. The poster was to promote a series of evening concerts, which were then recorded and compiled on CD. Capturing a mood was our job.
Pat McGee Band
This being his/their third release, we suggested doing a cover that focused on the frontman, Pat, while maintaining a dynamic look. Pat always dubbed his style as "energetic acoustic entertainment" and since this was a live CD, our goal was to capture that energy through movement, lighting, and color.
Nicknamed "The Singing Doctor", Cleve Fancis stepped out beyond stereotypes and wowed the crowd with his Country crooning. It's heartfelt Americana with soul and passion; story telling at its intimate best. A subtle, personal, spotlit silhouette with a mic was ideal for bringing the sound to life.