January 28, 2008

The History of Guns – ACEDIA packaging is nearly done. I’ve just finished the J-Card (both sides), replaced a couple of the photos in the booklet and gone through and done an additional tweak to some of the typography. Just waiting for the band’s final sleeve notes/thanks list and for them to check they are happy with the entire thing and we are ready to go to print, well as soon as the audio master is done.

It’s been a lot more work than I expected, but in a good way. It’s the first 16 page booklet I’ve done myself and I think it’s worked out nicely. I set up an InDesign file for all the text and typography which really made life a whole lot easier. Scott’s photos were as ever excellent to work with, even before this is complete I’m looking forward to working with him on the next project, although paid work is going to have to take priority for the next couple of months. We originally planned to use an O-Card (the cardboard sleeve you sometimes get round jewel cases) but the cost was a little too high so instead we’ve gone for a double sided J-card (the bit that goes in the CD tray) with a transparent tray and stuck the design intended for the O-card in there.

The hardest part of the entire project was removing the Tesco label from the bottles on the front cover. I would guess the hardest part of the whole thing for anyone was Max who had to get naked in a car park 3 days before Christmas. I have a new level of respect for him after that, the level of professionalism on the shoot from everyone was brilliant. The most amusing/unpleasant part of the shoot was Del with the fake vomit. We had Del lying on his back with Max spooning the fake vomit mixture into his mouth, he had to push it out of his mouth while looking dead until we’d finished taking photos. As soon as we finished he started eating the remainder of the mixture and telling us how pleasant it was. The mixture was made of soup, fruit juice and biscuit and in all fairness probably tasted great but it just looked like Del was eating a cup of vomit.

Hopefully the band will like it all, I’m sure there will be a few tweaks but I think we are pretty much there. Here’s some more parts, I’ll upload the complete set once the album is out 😉

Front Cover, the complete image. The final version is cropped down with the band name/album name added. Max’s winky is covered not through any sense of self-censorship but just to protect his modesty. If he gives permission I’ll post the uncensored version;
History Of Guns - ACEDIA - Work In Progess - Front Cover

Back Cover, Del choked on his tasty vomit.
History Of Guns - ACEDIA - Back Cover

Just need to sort the press release, poster design, promo cd design, flyer design and any web assets.

Night night xx

Category: Design

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