Tuesday, 12 February 2013

designing cover for my media band's album

my media groups possible album cover my developing and construction on photoshop

This was our first cover design i designed. we thought it looked down to earth and creative. from looking at existing indie album covers we saw that many were nature themed, having wolves as they howl at the moon therefore also associate with music and are mysterious and cold, the girl playing on the guitar shows she is enjoying the wolf's howling and that she is really down to earth. However we then decided not to use her as the audience may be mislead by assuming she is the main artist or a band member, but she isn't, the image is abstract. 

So when we removed the girl we were left with this and added the band name and the album name. However this design we figured was too spacious because of the composition of the wolf in the corner, but we couldn't move the wolf because then the  lake and the moonlight would not be visible and the image would not look as strong. we looked at the compositions of existing indie covers images and nearly all of them had filled most of the frame and weren't too spacious.   
So we then thought of filling the cover more with another image. We weren't sure what other image to use that would go well with the wolf so we used an image of the band as many covers show the band members to promote them more obviously and so that the audience can identify that the album belongs to that band quicker and more easily. To still  show the background we outlined the band's bodies creating a sense of connect the dots with the stars in the sky. we then changed the band name and album name's font as the previous one was too thick, we wanted a more mature elegant font as the songs are meaningful and the music is quite emotional. 

We developed the design further making it more subtle and soft with the band image more blended into the sky mysteriously and delicately but also allowing the audience to see the band's features.

my media Band's digipak faces i designed

my media Band's digipak faces i designed

This is the cover

This is the back of the digipak with a list of song names which are in the album. We chose this photo which is also our own as it is calm and goes with the representation of the band and their music being down to earth as this is a photo of nature. The cool and warm sky has connotations of goodness which also goes well with the band and music as being down to earth and nature is associated with goodness.    
Band photo. From carried our research, many indie bands had an image of their band members together in their digipak. This helps the viewer interpret them as a band and see how they look and behave together and their relationship. Band photos usually show the members close together and relaxed showing they have a close strong relationship and  promoting them to the audience to gather fans who like their style. So we put in a photo of our band together in a laid back and confident pose. the photo has a sepia effect on it which creates a vintage feel. vintage hues are often used on group and friendship photos making them look aged as it shows they were together for a long time. The indie style also links with the vintage style slightly as Vintage clothes are often reused which helps the environment and goes against modern day mass consumerism of unnecessary new things therefore links with nature and goodness.    

Abstract creative typical indie image. We decided to use this as from carried out research we saw that the indie style linked with certain symbols and imagery of nature on image websites such as google and weheartit.com. in indie style clothing this symbol is also often used on the tshirts graphics and its used in indie jewellery and sometimes indie music videos. it was used in the music artist kesha's music video however her music comes under the genre of pop more, however the style of clothing and the style of her music videos are often slightly indie with the use of safari desserts, animals and feather clothing.   
Separate band member photos. We were inspired to photoshop them is this way with different coloured backgrounds similarly to the way indie rock band 'Blur' did theirs shown above on the left of this photo.  we thought this was quite quirky and suited the way we used coloured hues in our instrument shots in our music video which was inspired by indie band 'two door cinema club's' - something good can work' video which used different coloured walls in the background. from our audience research we found out that the vast majority of people who liked the indie style said their personalities were mostly creative, laid back and liked to have fun.