Preparing Your Project for Manufacturing

Three tips to help get your project done on time and on budget:

Anyone can make a CD or DVD, but a seasoned project manager understands the planning and steps involved to ensure their discs get completed and delivered on time, on budget, and in the right packaging for the job. While each project is custom and unique, there are some universal guidelines you can follow to ensure that your project flows through the manufacturing process smoothly and efficiently. Read more…

Classic LP Covers and Why They’re Still So Fresh Today

The 1st album cover, created by Alex SteinweissIn 1938, Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover. It’s almost unimaginable that there was a time when records didn’t have covers (up until that point, they were sold in relatively plain brown paper wrappers advertising the record companies. See photo at right). Steinweiss’s idea was a huge marketing success which exploded into a new and exciting world of art and design. Now artists could explore their creativity in more expressive ways in a new commercial market. During the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s Jim Flora, Ben Shahn, Rudolph de Harak, Reid Miles, Steinweiss, and even Andy Warhol were major contributors to album cover design. Read more…

6 key ingredients for creating good photos

janisWhat do you first notice when you see a CD cover? My guess is it’s the image, whether it’s an illustration or a photo. The images on your package can make or break the design and be the difference between getting noticed or being left on the shelf. In many cases, a great design starts with great photos. The images are what “drive” the design. If you plan to include photos of you or your band, you want those photos to look professional. Read more…

Design Matters: Amy E.

K-PraizeThis week we’ve interviewed Amy, a designer from our Design Studio. Amy’s design for Kingdom Certified was selected for the Design Studio’s Catalog Cover Search. Below, we have asked her a few questions about this particular design as well as a few general questions about what inspires her as an artist. Read more…

Finding Inspiration

Finding InspirationInspiration is the spark that fuels creative work. As a graphic designer and a musician, I know how easy/difficult it can be to find that spark. I don’t see inspiration as an object to be sought out in old books or in dusty corners of the internet. It’s something that needs to be found within, nurtured, and applied to your everyday life. The good thing is that inspiration comes from just about anywhere as long as you keep your mind hungry for it, and allow your experience and taste to guide you.

That being said, here are a few places that really put me in the mood to be inspired. Hint: If you’re looking for ideas for your next album package design, these are some great resources! Read more…

Fonts 101

Choosing fonts is a crucial element of designing a project. If you’ve never noticed, there are thousands of different fonts out there to choose from. Choosing a font can be quite intimidating! Here are a few bits of information to help you decide how to pick a certain font.

Styles of Typefaces.
Fonts are classified in a few basic ways: Serif, Sans Serif, Display, Dingbats and Script. Read more…

Design Matters: Jessica F.

Music In The Commons

This week we’ve interviewed Jessica, a designer from our Design Studio. Jessica’s design for Music in the Commons was selected as a finalist in the Design Studio’s Catalog Cover Search. Below, we have asked her a few questions about this particular design as well as a few general questions about what inspires her as an artist. Read more…

Design Matters: Gary W.

Marsupial

This week we’ve interviewed Gary, a designer from our Design Studio. Gary’s design for Marsupial was selected as a finalist in the Design Studio’s Catalog Cover Search. Below, we have asked him a few questions about this particular design as well as a few general questions about what inspires him as an artist. Read more…