Type Battle 20 - Album Cover Meme

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Instructions:

You will create an album cover for a fictitious band, using a
fictitious album name and an image from Flickr. Follow these
steps below. Design your album and post it to this Battle
thread by Friday, 5pm Pacific.

1. The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Articles page
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random) is the name of
your band.

2. The last four words of the very last quotation on the Random
Quotations page (http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3)
is the title of your album.

3. The third picture in Flickr's Interesting Photos From The Last
7 Days (http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/) will
be your album cover.

Note: We recommend you check whether the creator
of the image has allowed for your use via creative commons
provisions.

4. Use your graphics application of choice to throw them together,
and post the result.

Comments

Ch's picture

shoe-gazer trance anthems

fontplayer's picture

Experimental music, I guess (Nick's free font used)

peterbruhn's picture

I just couldn't resist ...

cheshiredave's picture

This thread is awesome. Here's my entry:

It's a post-punk Romanian band whose style is a cross between Joy Division and the Smiths.

peterbruhn's picture

and a second this morning.

michielterpelle's picture

Here is my piece of art!

Pieter van Rosmalen's picture

Not their best album cover…

ncaleffi's picture

This is a very funny and interesting topic! My first attempt is Francis Evans' debut album, "Think of a Good Answer". Francis is a young singer-songwriter female from Canada, she plays folk music with a pop touch; Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro are among her influences. The record also features an impressive cover of Townes Van Zandt "To Live is to Fly".

"Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it's invisible." (John D. Berry)

ncaleffi's picture

And here's another one: "Barn and do nothing" by Algirdas Saudargas, an obscure band named after the first foreign minister of post-Soviet Lithuania. This double album consists of four long pieces of meditative music. If you like Stars of the Lid, Steve Reich and Sigur Ros, you'll love it.

"Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it's invisible." (John D. Berry)

Jos Buivenga's picture

Ok ... my third and last. Promise (X).

ncaleffi's picture

Third one: "Taking Off Your Shoes" by French producer and dj Terry Deitz, a nice contemporary electronica/hip hop/downtempo record with guest appearances by English rapper Roots Manuva and Erlend Øye from Kings of Convenience.

michielterpelle's picture

I really like this ;P !
Here's another one:

kegler's picture

That is a great quote, but it is out of context. The whole quote from http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/25305.html is:
"Designing a table of contents requires subtlety and attention to detail, and all this effort will go largely unrewarded. In a sense, the design has to get out of the reader's way, but that's not an easy thing to achieve. Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it's invisible. But a few of us, those who are both designers and readers, will notice."

So, for table of contents and text faces, yes, but for road signs and most other things, no.

eliason's picture


"Sardonic lyrics and accessible rock riffs characterize It's bad, it's experience, the sophomore effort by Columbus, Ohio-based foursome Lateral Force Variation. It is unfortunate that lead singer Adrian Zapf's dreary, deadpan delivery underplays the clever songwriting, but the 2007 release garnered healthy attention from college radio stations nonetheless."

photo: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2168980899&size=o

eliason's picture

Wikipedia just gave me as a band name "United States House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism/HUMINT, Analysis and Counterintelligence." Think it's time to get back to work.

pattyfab's picture

This is Ardy's third album. His first two were received modestly in his native Australia, but when the Arcade Fire asked him to join their recent tour, he started to garner international notice. His use of native Aboriginal instruments such as the wallabee whistle and the didjeridoo give his songs a unique, mournful sound.

pattyfab's picture

Ladislaus II of Bohemia's long struggle with drugs and alcohol and his recent suicide attempt and hospitalization provide the raw material for his latest descent into dark, introspective melancholia. His long time association and subsequent rift with The Plastic People of the Universe is chronicled in the heart-rending song "Pašijové esíčka bůlnoční". This album is not for the light hearted.

jupiterboy's picture

Note: The Plastic People of the Universe have no relation to the Scott Walker hit "Plastic Palace People".

Joe Pemberton's picture

These keep getting better. And Chris (Dezcom) I think you should avoid rolling the Wiki/Flickr dice again. I'm washing my eyes out now. Haha.

Joe Pemberton's picture

As luck would have it, my random wiki entry (Ryland Steen) is not only a person, but the drummer from Reel Big Fish. Type is Freight (Joshua Darden) and Pill Gothic (Christian Robertson).

My submission:

The original shot:

Amunet606's picture

National Unity Front. Sweet!

fontplayer's picture

Gaelscoil's captivating harp will transport you beyond time with powerful, yet tranquil melodies which sooth the soul and transcend the land and sea which inspired them.

Berg's picture

The last album of the famous neotechno yodel group, Balsas District.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I am hopelessly addicted. Mick Jagger's great grandchild's band.


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Original image -

fontplayer's picture

I did the best I could with this... Romantic Banjo for those nights you are home alone?

Number3Pencils's picture

Since the Felecia in Wikipedia is a porn star, I felt justified using garish pink.


Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakerideout/2172431739/
My concern is that it reads "afterwards carefully avoid Felicia".

Lord Xynyx's picture

 

Went for the less is more approach...

Designated random resources are as follows:

Band Name:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phiomyoides

Album Name:  Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in PUBLIC OR PRINTED LIES. - Edgar Watson Howe (1853 - 1937)

Cover Photo:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dubpics/2169590328/

- r -

Jongseong's picture

Impersonators Would Be Dead is the latest offering by Basler BT-67, in case you can't read the cheesy band logo. I realized I didn't have any techno fonts at my disposal and decided to throw a custom logo together in 20 minutes. Turns out I haven't got the skills to mimic a decent techno font in 20 minutes. I was going for a futuristic look, but it looks more kitsch and retro.

Obviously, Basler BT-67 are a Danish-Canadian trip-hop outfit known for often delving into electroclash influences, and this album marks their foray into various traditional music styles, complete with traditional Sámi yoik singing by guest vocalists.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/inside-my-shell/2183027928/

eliason's picture

"In this overlooked 1971 release, tenor saxophonist Jim Wright delivers his characteristic suave technique. Wright's renditions of jazz standards are bent and stretched almost beyond recognition on some tracks, but his hypnotic solos and drummer Morris Benton's wont to play with meter are tied down by Claude Arrighi's reassuring bass. One of the trio's best efforts."

original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/localsurfer/2184034624/

(A US congressman, a term from Robert's Rules of Order, and ... a surfer. It's like watching a slot machine.)

William Berkson's picture

Nice work; this is very entertaining. I'm particularly enjoying Patty's exquisite choice and placement of type, and the way Chris's 100 watt personality completely swamps 'randomness' :)

pattyfab's picture

Final entry!

Nagarjuna's unique brand of loungey jazz reaches its apotheosis in this suite of meditative, down-tempo tunes. This is music to listen to at the end of a long evening, a long relationship, or a long cold winter. His journey to the bottom of the martini glass has a special resonance in light of his failed love affair with the quixotic Czech accordionist Dolná Streda, who famously drove a former lover, Ladislaus II of Bohemia, to attempt suicide.

I am so glad this competition ends today! I have work to do. But it has been extremely fun.

Hey Number3pencil - if you're still checking in, what's the font you used for Will McCall?

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

It was a blast!

fontplayer's picture

There has been several aspects I've enjoyed, not the least of which is the ability some of you have to spin a tale about the genre and influences of the group.

kim925's picture

I hope this is acceptable. Im a little late

YLOP's picture

Artist Name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightbird

Album Name:
"Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are DREADFULLY LIKE OTHER PEOPLE"
- James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Cover photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2179387072&size=o

fontplayer's picture

Kim, is your image saved in CMYK? (should be RGB) It isn't showing on my screen.

Number3Pencils's picture

Patty--
The font for Will McClay is my own Newt (Light), which so far only exists on my computer and in the critique section. Once I get back to my big computer in Iowa (on winter break from college right now), which has all my font files on it, I'll be able to finish it and start selling (arrangements already underway with Veer). I hope to do that as quickly as possible once I get back, so hopefully you'll see its smiling face on the market soon.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Phew. I did it. I resisted creating more than one. There are some hot entries. H-O-T! Peter, I love that retro vibe you've got going on there.

pattyfab's picture

Tiff - I wish you had done more, I liked the first one you did a lot. I got way too hooked, especially when I started having my ersatz singers break each others hearts.

kim925's picture

Im a dummy . This is my first time forgive me

fontplayer's picture

Once again, random chance serves up a winner. Nice!

Hiroshige's picture

Gawd!, you guys are really good.

Band: St. Michael's School
Album: larger experiences of life

Hmm, 12:10. That figures. I'm going to be late for my own funeral...

keoxa's picture


This game was such a treat. I've never looked to flickr for source material, and I was surprised by how useable this picture was. Sadly, the proportions of the photo I happened upon were tough to work with, it would be a shame not to see the whole thing. here it is:

dtw's picture

Oh, so late... hope no-one minds. Only spotted this battle at work (ahem) on Friday afternoon. Internet connection so slow at home that it wasn't worth waiting for all those pictures to load, had to wait till Saturday (I'm now in the public library!).

Anyhoo, at last an opportunity to use Silvermoon! Woo!

source for image: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/onblack.php?id=2181239376&size=large
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Jongseong's picture

At the next TypeCon or other Typophile-friendly event, there ought to be a mock-up of a used CD store stand where you can browse CD cases with these album covers.

Making actual recordings to fit these covers would be just brilliant, though I imagine more time-consuming.

pattyfab's picture

Making actual recordings to fit these covers would be just brilliant, though I imagine more time-consuming.

On another forum, though. Trust me, you don't want to hear me sing.

kim925's picture

nice one Hiroshige :)

kim925's picture

Thanks. I think I could of changed the type of the bad name though.

fontplayer's picture

Here a couple (using step one and two), that I made for my site using some photos a friend took back in the 80s:

http://www.fontplay.com/images3/fontok.jpg

http://www.fontplay.com/images3/liberationsans.jpg

James Arboghast's picture

So, who won?

Trust me, you don’t want to hear me sing.

I'll join you on that Patty :^)

j a m e s

fontplayer's picture

So, who won?

My first impulse is to nominate Patty, but I'd say we all won, in a sense. This was almost too much fun.
; )

Hiroshige's picture

Thanks for the comment Kim. 3 Hail Marys and another bottle of Bordeaux and I'll be just alright...

johannyt's picture

Sorry i'm late!

fontplayer's picture

Johann, Looks wonderful, except a quote comes to mind,

"To anyone with any sensitivity to the shapes of letters, whether they know the terms of typesetting or not, this straight apostrophe is like a fart in a symphony -- boorish, crude, out of place, and distracting." -John D. Berry

dtw's picture

I was holding my tongue re that apostrophe... (not with the end of a knife though, as per the photo).

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fontplayer's picture

I'd no doubt be better off if I learned to hold my tongue, but I was glad someone finally had the gumption to correct me about this after I had been doing it publicly for a couple years.

Floris83's picture

Although far too late, hereby my entry...

So much fun to do!

Floris83's picture

TOO MUCH FUN ACTUALLY...

Zara Evens's picture

Aack - I am here a little late in the game :) Here is 5 minutes worth (mostly just trying to find an image which the copyright allowed):

Original Photo by Bright Tal: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bright/2182913813/

DrDoc's picture

This was a lot of fun.

I can't decide if Florinda would be a folk artist or mainstream pop (trying to be "artsy" on her cover).

fontplayer's picture

If loading all the images each time the topic was viewed wasn't such a bandwidth waster, I'd say let this challenge continue like the "What are you listening to" topic does. I sure is fun seeing what you all come up with. And the variation of of random incongruity to serendipity is certainly entertaining also. My thanks to everyone who got in on this.

dtw's picture

Roll on the next one...

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Stephen Coles's picture


I've been looking for an excuse to use Romana Ultra Bold for a long time.

eliason's picture

+3 for word fitting, -1 for spelling!

Stephen Coles's picture

oh damn!

eliason's picture

It's not a mistake, it's a tribute to Slade!

Stephen Coles's picture

Is it me or does this page get completely mucked in Firefox? That and the sad slowness. I think we need some more pages on this specific thread due to the # of images loading.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I no longer can get all of the images to load. I'm in Safari.

dezcom's picture

I am in Safari and all the images load and quickly enough at that. My connection is cable and I have 4 GB of RAM if that helps.

ChrisL

fontplayer's picture

Ditto

pigeoninpjs's picture

This is eurotrash with a label. Fat Cat Records snuffed this one out of Warsaw as the first hip electronic wonder out of Eastern Europe since Kraftwerk (although that was Duesseldorf in West Germany). After this iconic album cover the band, that got together in June 1991, quickly landed a gig in London's Cargo and quickly made their commercial breakthrough when their track "beton has feelings" was used in the film "Everything is illuminated". The rest is history. With regards, Castro/Bonke

dtw's picture

Stephen: FWIW, I'm using Firefox too, and it all looks fine to me...

(I second the preference that this should roll to multiple pages to speed up loading time though...)

dezcom's picture

The problem with multiple pages is that you loose the ability to go to the last post you have reaf in a thread once you pass the page length. I like it the way it is now.

ChrisL

dtw's picture

True enough. Anyone know why?

pattyfab's picture

I'm not seeing all the images either. When I reload it some reappear but others disappear. I'm on Safari.

fontplayer's picture

One of the Wiki things I came across was Hyperia, and it reminded me of the free font that came with registering some Adobe stuff. So I changed the name to that, and used a photo I took of the wall in front of where I park at work.

fontplayer's picture

And fwiw, my Firefox gags on this page.

dezcom's picture

I find that appealing :-)

ChrisL

fontplayer's picture

Rut's comeback try gets off on a good foot with this evocative collection of original songs that seem to distill their unique style, while adding some fresh layers of innovative musicality that take Polka Rap to a new level.

2 of 3 rules employed. This image from Image Source (Came in the goodies folder of CS) - Font is Diavlo by Typophiler Jos Buivenga.

fontplayer's picture

Voyager shows a new side with this entrancing release. Most of it is so peaceful and relaxing it might have been called "Music for Massage Therapists". However the mood is broken on the last track, "Atonal Duet for Sitar and Bagpipes". An atonal duet involving bagpipes borders on redundancy, and should serve as a warning. Some usefulness can be served if you ever want to drive away unwanted houseguests. -dopeyhead.com

This was such a good idea for fontplaying, I have made a list of Wiki names that came up that seemed good candidates. And a list of "end of quotes" phrases. And This time I picked two that seemed to match an image. The font is the current free font at Fontshop, called Anziano Smallcaps by Stefan Hattenbach. Photo from Amana, in the "Goodies" folder on Adobe CS.

jldivers4's picture

Storylines of Shortland Street felt like a grunge band or something to me.

Dan Gayle's picture

Sorry I'm so late to the game. I didn't even know these type battles existed! Someone has to let me know next time.

clashmore's picture

This contest is brolic.

dtw's picture

Ah, well, as people seem to be carrying this on indefinitely, here's another...

image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/barry-o/2222261550/
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Sharon Van Lieu's picture

What font is that, dtw? I like your cover a lot.

allengrafix's picture

I thought I would join in.

dtw's picture

Sharon: Thanks. (Monotype Script Bold for the caps, Futura Extra Black Condensed Italic for the rest, if I remember correctly.)

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alexcarr's picture

Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics (best band name ever...)
Is To Enjoy It (very emo/indie title)

Type: Flama designed by Mario Feliciano and a knockoff of Lance Wyman's '68 Olympic Logo designed by Ray Larabie

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