Graphic Design, Practical Application:
"The CD Cover"
Before Starting: Create a "lastname_CD" folder on your network space. All of the work for this project will be saved into this folder and the folder will be submitted for grading. Download the file called
and save it into your Lastname_CD folder. Open this file in Photoshop.
Overview: In the spirit of the "small business graphic designer" assignments that we have had throughout the semester, students will now design a CD cover, including logo typography for the work of a musical group.
"Research" into the CD: Each student has been randomly selected to create the cover design and layout for currently existing work of musical artists. As it is difficult to know how to design a CD covering without hearing the music of the CD, there are two samples of music from each CD. Students should listen to these samples and incorporate the "FEELING" of the music into their covers. In addition, I have included REVIEWS and COMMENTS regarding each CD, for your use as needed.
Research into Past Editions of the CD: It is STRONGLY advised that the student does not research the look of the actual or original cover of the CD/Album in question. This will only cloud your creative process in coming up with your own work.
Required Elements of your CD Design: Make sure to include ALL OF the following items in some form on your CD:
Typography Issues: Many bands and artists over the years have come up with band name "Logos" that represent the artists. In addition, album names are often presented in a Typographically interesting way. For example, see the album covers below, each demonstrates a band's typographic logo, as well as typographic album information. Please take this into account when creating your CD cover:
Things You Should Also Consider: Please take into account some of the "Unity/Emphasis" Design Techniques that we talked about last semester when creating your design.
At Your Disposal, Should You Wish: If necessary, feel free to see Mr. B. about the use of a camera to take photographs that you might need for your cover. (finding specific photographic subjects, especially people, using our network filtration system can be very difficult.)
CD COVER: Using Photoshop or Illustrator or a combination of the two and the CD_Cover_Template.PSD, create your CD cover, using any or all of the following techniques.
Submitting Your Work: When you have completed your CD Cover, do the following:
Grading: This assignment will be worth 200 points total, with the breakdown of points as follows: