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 – 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.




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.