This year for the holidays, we're going to combine 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. We'll be meeting on Friday the 14th at Pizza Bistro (formerly Mangia) up north, with our pizza sponsored by Fizz Corp (thanks to Robert Butler).
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. 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 6:30 so we can set up the computers, order the pizzas and eat, then we'll probably get started with the contest about 7:30 and be done between 8:30 and 9:00. If you don't want to partake of the pizza, it's cool to come about 7:15-ish (still need time to set up your workstation).
We'll set the time limit at 45 minutes to do the whole cover. We'll also be having a group of writers from Launchpad Job Club joining us, so we'll add them to the teams, and each writer can come up with fictitious liner notes, an album review, or even lyrics! We will also have a prize for the designer (or team of designers) that gets the most votes for best album 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random - The title of the first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 - The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days - 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 the last two year's album covers at these links: http://www.meetup.com/ADVAnet/photos/4736982 and http://www.meetup.com/atxdm-org/photos/1092466
We'll be at Pizza Bistro at Burnet and Duval. We were there last year, a lot of people came, we all liked it, and best of all our pizza is sponsored thanks to Fizz Corp!