My Type of Music Special Edition | Album Cover Meme
image Corbis Photography | CD Hangin’ with friends
Typophile is not just about discussing type, critiquing type or identifying type. There also is quite a bit of fun to be had – I’ve talked about the Type ID Pop Quizzes in the past, which come in an Entry Level, Intermediate Level and the super tough Expert Level. And our very own Unzipped Type Quiz is a spin-off of the now discontinued Type Pop Quiz.
Another occasional game are the Type Battles which turn one year in a couple of days. These are freestyle competitions akin to hip hop battles, which give Typophiles the opportunity to stretch their type muscles on an irregular basis. Each game kicks off on a Monday with a new challenge, and closes at midnight PST on Friday. Anyone may submit a design response to the given challenge and may enter as often as one wishes. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged. Winner takes all, no holds barred.
The challenges range from the ludicrous to the – well – challenging: Design the characters in the word “battle” as a slab serif blackletter, Create three swash characters for Franklin Gothic, Using only pixels, design at least 10 characters of a triline font, Design two ligatures for Cooper Black and set them in context. Bonus points for any ligature no one’s seen before and so on and so on.
The most recent challenge is the fantastic Album Cover Meme which is currently doing the rounds of the blogosphere. I don’t know who originated it, but it is a beautiful example of programmed design, where crucial design decisions are influenced by arbitrary factors. It goes like this:
Create an album cover for a fictitious band, using a fictitious album name and title and an image from Flickr. Follow these steps below to design your album cover.
1. The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Articles page is the name of your band.
2. The last four words of the very last quotation on the Random Quotations Page is the title of your album.
3. The third picture in Flickr’s Interesting Photos From The Last 7 Days will
be your album cover. (Respect the copyright notice and don’t forget to link back to the Flickr page of the photographer.)
4. Use your graphics application of choice to throw them together, and post the result.Extra points for those who come up with an interesting and/or amusing blurb about the band and musical content.
There are a few rules to abide by though. You shouldn’t do a partial re-rolling, so if you don’t like your album cover then you need to get a new band name and album title too. You can fully re-roll as much as you like. Also you can crop your picture to fit CD dimensions and resize it in either direction, but you shouldn’t drastically change the base image. Nobody will be able to tell if you break any of these rules, but that does kind of spoil the whole exercise, doesn’t it?
So if you feel like it – dive in and show the world what you’re made of.