Have you ever been stuck on a layout or logo design and run out of inspiration? Sometimes the best thing to do is to put down your client work and try something fun. This is where the Chompathons come into play! We need to work that creative muscle and keep it toned. Read more about Bluewave’s Chompathon design exercises.
There’s a design challenge that I found years ago, and it’s so fun – I’ve done it numerous times over the years as a quick little project to get the creative juices flowing (above are a few examples that I’ve done on my own). In a nutshell, the idea is to create some album art using a random Wikipedia page, a random quote, and a random photo from Flickr. The combinations are endless and, often, very entertaining.
The Record Roulette design exercise
The instructions are below–spin the wheels and play along! Post your art in the comments, we’d love to see what you come up with.
- Find a random Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Special:Random.
Use the title of whatever page you get as the “Artist/Band.”
- Find a random quote: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php.
The last few words of the top quote are your “Record title.”
- Find a random photo: https://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days.
The top left photo has to be used in your album art – it doesn’t necessarily have to be the main focus, but it needs to be used in some way.
- In one hour, create album art for your new band and their hit record.
The goal is to stretch, try something new, and have fun!
For a Bluewave creative team Chompathon, each designer did 3 pieces of album art. Then we came together to see what everyone created.
And here are our team’s pieces, in no particular order:
This ended up being only Part 1 of a 2-Part Chompathon. Click here for part 2!