Randonisations – Custom Mix-tape Case

Album Cover Design and Process

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Album Cover Design – Christmas Mix Tape

Every year I make a mix tape for my Secret Santa, the highlight being the album cover design of course. This year I stepped it up a notch with a little help from Home Depot. I was really happy with the final product and thoroughly enjoyed making it and would love to make more of these. If it’s some thing you’re interested in give me a shout at the email below.

Here’s a quick look at the process.


Step One

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Carving out the CD pocket.

Chiselling out the CD pocket from 6″ X 6″ Hobby Board. You can’t cheap out on the wood, chiselling out plywood is not such a great idea…


Step Two

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Finished album cased before graphics.

Glueing 6″ X 6″ panels together and sanding edges. The album cover ends up with a nice thick base, so it can easily stand on end for a nice display.


Step Three

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Custom stencil for the face of the album case.

Printing design on label and cutting out stencil. This is pretty tedious, but my years in the Design & Digital Media program at Grant McEwan University gave me lot’s of practice in the ways of the xacto knife.


Step Four

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Custom stencil for the face of the album case.

After staining case, place finished label stencil on surface.  (Make sure it’s facing  in the right direction, more on that later…)


Step Five

Spray paint over stencil. If the stencil is sealed nice and tight, you should end up with nice clean lines. I let it sit a while before bringing it outside to paint, as Edmonton weather in December does not make for optimal stickiness…


Step Six

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Removing the stencil after spray paint application.

Remove Stencil.  This is the most satisfying part.


Finished Product

Album Cover Design - Christmas Mix Tape

Album Cover Design – Christmas Mix Tape

Voila. The final product. Hard Lesson: Be sure to put the stencil on so pocket opening faces up… Oops…

Randonisations – Show Your Pair

Photography and Copy Writing for Alberta Cancer Foundation

What seems like forever ago, my uncle told me he checked weekly to see if I put up a new post or updated my site. What seems like even longer ago was the last time I actually did post anything.

After having the privilege of attending The Gathering recently, I have some new perspective and inspiration. I have started to put in to words how I define myself, what kind of designer I want to be, and who I want to design for in the hopes of building a career based on doing things I’m passionate about for equally passionate clients. Not only do I feel that these choices should lead to more passionate work, but more excitement in sharing that work, and most importantly, meeting new people who share the same passions that I do.

I have already posted a few new projects on the revamped site (and finally integrated the blog…), and should have more and more coming over the next short while, so stay tuned.

Here’s one I am particularly happy with from last fall, where I had the opportunity to help with some copy writing (an underused skill I’m always thrilled to utilize) based on a 18-35 year old male demographic, a demographic in which I fall smack-dab in the middle. I am extremely proud of the “show your pair” hash tag, and even more proud of how the photo shoot turned out. Through the sale of Good Luck Sock‘s, the Alberta Cancer Foundation was raising money for Prostate Cancer Awareness.

Photography and copy writing for Alberta Cancer Foundation fundraiser with Luck Sock Co.

Photography and copy writing for the Alberta Cancer Foundation fundraiser with Good Luck Sock Co.

More work can be found linked above.

Randonisations – A New Look, Again…

2nd post in one day! Whaaaat?!

As another few months have rolled by, i’ve again grown sick of my website, and decided to try a new look.  It’s also just a nice way of taking short breaks from my regular work throughout the day to do something more personal.

I feel it’s a good sign to never be satisfied with one’s own work.  I am surrounded by amazing designers all day thanks to the small world that is the internet, so it just makes me want to be better and better, which is probably a better way of going then just sitting there feeling you suck in comparison to everyone else.

Let me know what you think, pretty please!  This industry thrives on criticism! It’s the biggest thing i miss since I left school.

I’m curious if I can pull off teal, I’m also thinking of a new logo, who knows.  Maybe no teal? I dunno. Obviously there will be more content, I just want to get a feel for how people feel about the feel of the design. feeeeeeeel.

Cheers,

John

 

Randonisation #40 – Picture o’ the day!

Have posted nothing for a while, which is shaeful, I know.  And, knowing that at least my mom and dad check my blog semi-regularily, thought i should do something, so i dug up an olllld photo.  It’s a bit of a sad one, but i like it!  Maybe you do too, that is, if you’re  into dying, wilting flowers.

This was taken for a MacEwan class, in which we learned SLR photography using only blk/wht film.  I loved the class, and I still feel I may want to pick up a film camera sometime.  Something about the thought of creating an image using actual light, with nothing digital happening in between, just makes me kind of happy.  As I don’t have access to a scanner at the moment (which i really should, as a designer. pfft) Here is a digital photograph of a non-digital photograph.  How lame is that. Either way, here’s my photo o’ the day! Cheers!

 

Randonisation #39 – Pink Floyd Experiment #3

So I think this will be it for pink floyd/ david gilmour experiments for a while.  New experiments to begin next week.

Heres a quick break down of what i used to make up the back grounds, because process is always fun.  Photos were taken on my 2nd Eurotrip. more visible when you click on it.

 

If anyone ever wants to play some photoshop tennis, let me know!

Randonisation #38 – Pink Floyd Experiment number 2

One of my favorite things about design, is that if you take a project, complete it, then start from scratch again, odds are you will like it even better.  My new goal is to make a new one of these every day (every day ish), and see what happens, and like i said, it’s a good little lunch break activity from the regular grind.

Randonisation #37 – Pink Floyd Experiment #1

I try to keep doing little side projects for fun, just to escape the repetitiveness that my regular work can often bring.  Heres a little photoshop experimentation with the David Gilmour illustration i posted earlier.  The lyric comes from the song “remember a day”, a classic. It started to get a sort of comic book feel as the layers started to develop.  more experiments to follow.

 

Randonisation #36 – Shuffle Mode

Shuffle mode in Itunes can really send you for a ride.

The gift and curse of good music is how easily it can affect your outlook  on life, and it can do so in a VERY small amount of time.  It becomes too relatable, and can directly effect your mood in spans of 3-6 minutes.

You can listen to one song, and gain a sense of hope and determination.  It can stir up a fight and sense of entitlement.

Minutes later the song is over, leading to the next, which  can just as quickly lead you to a sense of resignation and acceptance of the things that just seconds earlier you had built up the willingness to fight for, and just as fast, the next song can stir up resentment and anger, all based on notes and lyrics, whose authors never even had you specifically in mind when they wrote them.

Then randomly a totally rediculous song pops up (thank you, Edguy), and you are left feeling foolish for getting so caught up in it all in the first place.

I find it all quite exhausting.

Cheers

Randonisation #35 – David Gilmour

While packing up some of my belongings, I came across this illustration of David Gilmour I did while at Grant MacEwan.  I had completely forgotten about it, but it brought back some good memories of the amazing life of being a student.  Miss those days alot.  I love the rigidness of it, came out looking pretty ‘dark’, and I love how these kinds of illustrations come together when you take a few steps back.  I hope to do some sort of poster or something with this in the future.

Pink Floyd, I love you.

Randonisation #34 – The Rump Roller

I’m a big fan of this cover.

Also, the title track is pretty great if your wanting a classy strut down the avenue.

If you are ever looking for some inspiration, Sleevage.com is one my favorites.  you can search by Musician, Designer, or even Design Studio.  Pretty rad.