CD CoverDesign created for a CoffeeTime Project. Now, back by popular request. With an updated Spotify playlist of 45 coffee related sounds. The CD cover is Low-Res webcam photography. The artwork images are tiny. I created the checkerboard design on the front because the photos couldn’t get much bigger without becoming entirely pixelated. There was something satisfying about working within the limitations of digital art.
The low-res quality of the image had personal appeal. Being blind in one eye, I connected. Tech was able to express my view of the world. The portrait of myself captures my visual field. With the dominant eye visible while the other not. The portrait photography mirrors from a prior painting with the same composition.
Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition
Created while at design school – engaging my future as a visual artist – with one eye.
Package Design – CD Cover
Pour yourself a Cup of Ambition
The coffee inspired CD release. First created in 2001 with coffee related songs. I designed the CD cover and arranged the music – each CD came with a small bag of coffee (enough to make one pot).
Fast Forward to 2015 – and Pour yourself a cup of ambition is now a Spotify playlist. Brew some coffee and enjoy.
CD Cover Design. Sure it has been awhile since anyone has requested a CD cover . But, back in the day, CD’s artwork requests were quite popular. At that time, everyone wanted a CD, everyone had a CD, some people even wear CD’s as clothing accessories.
While the CD cover never did reach the same artistic heights as the LP cover. The CD was the last step before switching our media to an online format. Where every song, book, or show feels the same in your hand. Same weight, same shape, same.
When Asheville recording star Cookie La Rue hit me up again for more free design services. At first, I said “NO”. I actually kept repeating “no, no, no…” and there it is I ended up with this creation.
Granted at the time, most everyone had already stopped using CD’s. Most people had even stopped using Napster. But, Cookie wanted the CD format. And that is what she got!
The CD cover design of Folkin’ with you was the Blue Prior of Cookie La Rue recordings. Keeping with the theme, I drew my inspiration from Joni Mitchell – Blue LP design.
I began the CD Cover Project as I do with many projects. I began with my camera. Shooting photos of Cookie La Rue was not pleasant. There was a huge amount of Photoshop skills need to blur out most of Cookie face – I then created the CD cover following the tone and layout as Blue LP did.
To my complete surprise – the CD release party was hughly popular. The CD went on to 2nd and 3rd reprint.
Photography: Gary Crossey. Graphic Design: Gary Crossey. Digital Artwork: Gary Crossey.
Be sure to check out the many other Cookie La Rue design projects.
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