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Annual Holiday Party and Random Album Cover Contest

This year for the holidays, we'll once again have our annual holiday party and our annual designer competition, the Random Album Cover Contest, where we create artwork for fictitious albums using randomly-generated names and titles. The winning design for best album cover gets the prize of having dinner paid for—up to $50!


We need as many people as possible to bring their laptop, or other semi-portable computer like an iMac, with Photoshop installed (or some other graphics program like GIMP). I myself will be bringing an Apple laptop with a drawing tablet, and I might have a second. When you RSVP, you will be asked if you can bring one. We'll probably have more designers than equipment, so we'll divide up in teams and work together.


Come at 7:00 so we can set up the computers, order our food and eat, then we'll probably get started with the contest about 8:00 and be done around 9:00. If you don't want to partake of the food, it's cool to come about 7:30-ish (still need time to set up your workstation). We'll set the time limit at 45 minutes to do the whole cover.


Here's how it works: Basically, you get random, made-up band names, album titles, and photographs and put them together in Photoshop (or whatever) to create fictitious album covers. There are 4 steps:


1 - Click - The title of the first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.


2 - Click - The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.


3 - Click - The third picture, no matter what it is, will be the basis for your album cover. You can of course manipulate it, change it, transform it, add to it or subtract from it however you want, but that's your starting point.


4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together. You can work solo or as a team, in fact it's better when we have 2 or 3 people together since some designers want to participate but don't have a laptop to bring.


Also, if any of you don't want to participate but can bring your laptop with a graphics program on it, please help us out and bring it. You can see the examples of previous album covers at these links: and


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  • Dave N.

    Great event! Quite a few designers produced some amazing results in a short amount of time.

    December 5, 2013

  • John P. F.

    Wish I could attend. I do have real CD covers I have produced for my band, those interested can see and hear the music here:
    Good luck with the meeting :) JP

    December 2, 2013

  • Arden R.

    That sounds like fun!

    December 2, 2013

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