CD Layout and Digital Download Art Design

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I have played guitar since my teens, spending six years in a touring band. I keep an eye out for designs that compliment artists’ visions, from folk singers to independent film producers. Despite the popularity of digital streaming music, many still prefer physical media. A good CD layout still makes a big  difference displayed on a collector’s shelf.

See samples of my CD layout design and digital download art below. Contact me with your proposal. I take pride in helping fellow artists create the ideal image for their labor of love.

The Misty Mountain String Band

Louisville, KY

This is the third CD design I made for my old friends in The Misty Mountain String Band. Their second full length album “Red Horizon” continues to explore Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, and Gospel Music. The old time quartet returned to a Nashville studio to make this record. The famed producer Steve Thomas was once again at the helm.

I worked closely with both Pittsburgh nature illustrator Abby Diamond and Louisville photographer Cherise Mingus. We first collaborated on MMSB’s “Went to the Well” EP in 2013. Then we worked together again in 2015 on their debut LP “Brownsboro”. The band sent me Abby’s fabulous art to arrange and intermingle with Cherise’s tasteful posed shots. Summer festival season was fast approaching. I worked diligently to meet a tight deadline and get this CD layout package to print.

Critical response

Upon its release, music critics everywhere unanimously praised this effort. Online outlets such as Huffington Post featured the album alongside articles on country luminaries like Dolly Parton. It also garnered interviews with respected music blogs including Independent Artist Buzz and No Depression. Listen for yourself. Buy “Red Horizon” on iTunes.

It was a huge privilege to lay out art for yet another fantastic MMSB record. Knowing that the band trusts me to get their art laid out correctly and crush their deadline every time is very satisfying. CD art projects such as this one are some of my favorite tasks to work on. This fact is especially true since I get to work hand in hand with other creative visual artists. Are you a musical act that is located in Louisville, Lexington, Nashville, or anywhere else in the world? If you are in need of a quality CD design or layout, then contact me.

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Misty Mountain String Band "Brownsboro" CD LayoutMisty Mountain String Band

Louisville, KY

The Misty Mountain String Band are a popular bluegrass quartet based in Louisville, KY. After working with MMSB on their 2013 debut EP CD “Went to the Well”, they asked me to design their first full length CD layout. “Brownsboro” is a deluxe package, since it includes an extra six panel insert that slides into the digipack. The band’s debut long player once again featured illustrations by the amazing and talented artist Abby Diamond. Also, Louisville’s Cherise Mingus again capably handled the band’s posed photography shoot.

Laying out Abby’s gorgeous illustrations for the second time was an absolute treat. The song’s lyrics are listed on one side of the insert and come alive in the night sky on the other side. The rest of the layout’s color scheme compliments Abby’s art in the insert. I also extracted many of the “constellation” images and reusing them for the additional content. I crushed MMSB’s deadline to get the art to press, since their timeline was tight. Their sophomore album was ready for their summer tour of bluegrass festivals, as well as college radio stations and album review blogs.

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"Country Piano Corral" Digital Download Music ArtWellington Beck Music Group

Nashville, TN

This is another country music compilation, this time with all piano based songs. It is available exclusively as a digital download mp3 album on iTunes, Amazon, and other outlets. Since the word “corral” is in the title, I gave it a 19th Century American Old West feel. The art features a vintage style mahogany piano. The title uses a curly Western font that is also is warped and embossed. The old timey elements display on a distressed paper background. Finally, a grunge texture overlay completes the piece. This gives it the weathered feel the client was looking for.

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Analog Apostles CD Art for "The Other Side of the Sea" EP

Analog Apostles

Lexington, KY

I designed this CD art for Lexington, KY alternative rock band Analog Apostles‘ debut EP “The Other Side of the Sea”. Since I played lead guitar in the band at the time, it was a no brainer for me to do the artwork. I was also very involved in the music production side. Ben, the main songwriter and rhythm guitarist, thought of the title long before we recorded the first note. The title and many of the songs made references to water, so we decided together on a nautical theme.

CD art – setting sail for the high seas

The four panel digipak layout started with an antique style treasure map background. Then, I overlaid a classical pirate ship illustration in brown as the focal point. The “A” monogram mark from the logo I designed was later superimposed onto the ship’s mainsail. After that, I set the band’s name in an antique “swashbuckling” style font face. The album’s title then materialized in a classic cursive script. I capped off the design with a ghostly image of the band’s “A” icon over the dark blue ocean background in the tray card. Since the record’s theme suggested high adventure, a hint of supernatural mystery put it over the top.

From start to finish, this record truly was a DIY project. We performed every aspect of the production, from the recording process to ordering the album duplication. Ben’s wife Amanda did a great job with the posed band photography. Our fan base fully funded the CD’s production online via Indiegogo, which is a great fundraising tool for artists on a budget.

Are you a band or record label currently hoisting the mainsails on a new album? Contact me today for a CD layout design that will shiver your fans’ timbers.

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