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mikelufholm's picture

This is in its final steps of finishing... let me know what you think!

jHouse's picture

I can't read the copy on the

I can't read the copy on the left AT ALL.

What exactly is this for again? Album cover?

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mikelufholm's picture

its for a rap group. the

its for a rap group. the left is the back cover and just has the track listings. it got very small for some reason when i made it into a jpeg but i figured you pretty much get the point...

mara06's picture

You really need to make the

You really need to make the back cover text more legible. especially if people will be reading it through shiny plastic in brightly lit stores. If they'll only be viewing it online, take monitor resolution limits into account.

I realize we're talking about rap here, so this might be a totally irrelevant comment, but since when did revolution only involve men?

:-)

Mara

onegirlcreative's picture

My only comment

is pretty much what Mara and jHouse recommended. Make the copy on the back cover more legible, my recommendation would be to use a completely different font all together.

Another thing that I noticed was I wouldn't necessarily make that copy center justified either. I'm not a big fan of center justification, so I would either choose left justified or right justified if you want to make it a bit more "funky."

I don't like the "glow" around the last evolution man, I just don't think it fits with the concept. A little too angelic for what it's supposed to be, IMO.

Otherwise, I like the cover. Good job. Just a little tweaking and you're there.

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mikelufholm's picture

i totally agree with you on

i totally agree with you on the back cover text and the glow on the last guy as well. its something that the client wants but i dont agree with. i think it looks much better without the glow and opacity. what does one do in a situation like this cuz theyre kinda stuck on it.... i well just tell them i posted it on a forum and everyone agrees that it needs to be changed. other than that can anyone notice in thing that absolutley needs to be fixed? i need your advice, this is my first real paying job and it is being sent to print tonight!

onegirlcreative's picture

You can try, but don't hold your breath

What it basically boils down to is you can suggest certain design aspects to the client all you want, but if they're stuck on something, they'll go with it regardless.

If they are STILL wanting it after you have told them what everybody suggests, then leave it. It's their money, right? You will find that this will happen a lot in graphic design, which is frustrating because isn't that what they pay US for? To give them our professional view on a design? I guess that's the one thing I don't like about graphic design—I don't like how clients are still stuck on a specific element within their design that we know as professionals looks like shit! But, what can you do?

It's the nature of the beast (business).

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natobasso's picture

Sometimes you can gently

Sometimes you can gently "deflect" a direction rather than subverting it. For example, show your client other albums in his/her genre. Maybe then he/she will see this design doesn't quite measure up, and this, oftentimes, is an even more powerful motivator than simply trying to "Educate" your client.

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Leaky Penny's picture

"show your client other albums in his/her genre"

Have you seen rap albums nowadays? :P

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mikelufholm's picture

haha yeah you could consider

haha yeah you could consider them more "lyrical" rap then "gangster" rap, so i didnt go with putting them kneeling down in front of a cadilac escalade with 20" rims and text made of diamonds ;)... they wanted more of an artsy look to it so i really didnt research any other rap albums and kinda went my own direction. i talked to them about the things you guys advised and told them that what they are going for pretty much goes against the basic elements of design that i went to school for. thanks for the advice!

natobasso's picture

Maybe I should have

Maybe I should have mentioned a more specific group like OutKast. I love their design work...

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mara06's picture

You could also tell your

You could also tell your client that the glow makes the rapper disappear, or at least appear to be less dominant than the other figures.

Mara

natobasso's picture

Why is there no info on the

Why is there no info on the spine? Should at least have the band name and title of the album there...

You might want to research current cd art to bring yours in line with that standard.

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dirtandrust.com
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mikelufholm's picture

thats one of the final

thats one of the final things i have left to put in. when i get the templates and upload it to the printer i will be adding those in there

mara06's picture

I wondered that, too. I

I wondered that, too. I figured this was one side of a folded insert or something.

Will the spine be just plain black, with text? It would be a shame to make it just an afterthought.

BTW, where do the bar code and "fine print" (production credits, etc.) go?

Mara

mikelufholm's picture

its actually an 8 page

its actually an 8 page booklet that includes other info, lyrics, pictures, etc. I just posted the cover of it to get advice, but as soon as i get to saving the other pages as jpegs, i will post them up here

gwells's picture

the text feels a little

the text feels a little clunky to me. maybe a bit bigger than it needs to be on the cover.

i'll agree with the comment that the text on the back needs to be more legible. unless it's big headline text, you want to avoid going too heavy on the effects. especially if you're also going to center it.

you have a lot more white space on the back cover, maybe if you tried to spread the songlist out a bit more, the centering and the effects wouldn't bother me as much. instead of 3-4 songs on a line, just 1-2 songs on a line. and a little more leading (line spacing) will help the legibility, too. they're so tightly leaded that the effects are overlapping.

Leaky Penny's picture

Seems to me...

The text on the front should be a different colour. Same with the text in the back. Change that font as well. I'm happy the illustration came out better than last time we saw it. As others have said, don't forget the spine, room for other logos, etc.
I would push the realism of the characters and the jungle. I simply detest the background on which the characters reside. You could use that to add a light texture to it. I would also make the last character facing right.

All in all, a good solid effort.

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