CD cover design/redesign
- Status: Closed
- Prize: $75
- Entries Received: 39
- Winner: lemonpanda
Hi folks. I'm looking for a design (or redesign) for the cover of an album I'm releasing later this year. My wife designed a mockup character and I threw together a quick cover design idea, but although I like some things about it, in general I think I want something more polished and flashy looking. This is for a kids/family album of comedy sketches (kind of like old-time radio shows), called "The Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson."
What I need is EITHER...
1: Take the existing files provided (the background, the cartoon character) and redesign a more attractive layout. You are free to use the background or not, the cartoon character or not, and whatever type of font(s) you want.
2. Design something completely different. It should look fun and attractive for a kids' audience (elementary school age, especially), and probably have some kind of outer space theme to go along with the title. Think zany, funny and creative.
My preference would be for you to do #2 and just start from scratch with something original. I do like the cute cartoon character my wife did, though, but I'm not committed to that... If you do an original design, don't necessarily just copy the mockup, either. I might like something totally different for this, so please be creative.
As far as the text goes, I would need:
"The Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson"
"and other crazy comedy sketches by"
As in my mockup, the title and my name should be most prominent. I may end up changing the wording of the title and the subtitle ("and other crazy comedy sketches by"), so whatever you do, make sure you can provide me the layers (PSD file preferred) so I can adjust things later, if needed.
This is a side project for me (I usually do music for kids) and so my budget is very small for this, but if I am happy enough with someone's entry to use it for the cover, then I will quite likely also want to hire that same person for an extra $75-100 to do some other incidental work for the inside of the album, the CD face, etc., to help give the whole package a consistent look and style. I may even hire a different person for some of that other work, and I'm always looking for good illustrators and graphic designers to work with for various projects, so there may be some value in entering even if you aren't the "winner."
The size of the cover should be 5.5 inches wide by 5 inches tall, or in pixels, 1650 x 1500. Don't get too close to the edges with any text or images, though.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT use any licensed imagery (e.g., Star Wars, Disney, etc.).
I will try to provide as much specific feedback as possible as entries come in, so keep an eye on my notes and comments for help with the direction to go, and please ask questions if you aren't sure about something.
Here's a guide to my ratings.
***** 5 stars: I will not award anybody this until the winner is announced, who I will then upgrade from 3-4 to 5 stars when chosen.
**** 4 stars: Great. Will definitely be considered, as is. Might still need a tweak or two, but that can probably be done after the fact if this entry is chosen as the winner.
*** 3 stars: Very good, and will be considered. Might need something more to get it to be a more likely candidate.
** 2 stars: Okay, or good, but something is not right, as far as what I'm looking for.
* 1 stars: Sorry, but it's definitely not what I'm looking for.
“Fantastic work! Will definitely hire again for other projects.”
EricHermanMusic, United States.