Posted on January 6, 2017 by Derek Price
Posted on August 6, 2014 by Derek Price
Pick it up! The Rough Customers are Lexington, KY’s only third wave ska band – as far as we know! In 2014, my band at the time Analog Apostles performed with them and Nashville, TN soul rockers Ravenhill. Ravenhill made a tour stop in Lexington at the Sidecar, next door to Al’s Bar. The Rough Customers’ live show is all about fun, and that’s the vibe I was going for with this concert poster design.
Large format concert poster design
The featured photo of the classic pin-up girl and phonograph was given a “washed out” effect, which I made by reducing the colors using Adobe Illustrator. I then added the hypnotizing bright blue swirl in the background to enhance the kitsch factor. I lettered the bands’ names in a watermelon red using the retro “Badaboom” font, since it always signals good times. Additionally, I used the “Cherry Cream Soda” font for the other text, completing the poster’s vintage 50s feel. Finally, I added a QR code to the concert poster design so that potential concert goers could RSVP to the event on Facebook by scanning the poster with their smartphones.
The Rough Customers never disappoint when they take the stage, and always draw a big crowd. This show was definitely no different, since we filled the small room to capacity. I would like to think that my eye catching design helped with that aspect. I always design and print my 11×17″ posters to promote shows and other events that I put together. The large format gives me more canvas to play with. It is also more eye catching than a letter sized flyer when hung in store windows.
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Posted on October 1, 2013 by Derek Price
This 11×17″ tour poster design commemorates the release of alternative rock band Analog Apostles‘ debut independent EP. At the time, I was playing lead guitar in this Kentucky based band. The Apostles were truly a DIY act since day one. We self produced and released both of our EPs in 2013 and 2014. Since I joined the band, I took over the band’s graphic design. I revamped the band’s website, as well as designing merchandise, web graphics, and flyers such as this one.
Tour poster design storyWe used this tour poster to promote our touring gigs, mailing it to promoters and other artists outside of Lexington. It helped to have one uniform design that we could use for gigs that we were either headlining or were the only act performing. It saved a lot of time and work for me not to have to design a unique poster for each event. The design returns to the nautical theme I had used for our debut CD “The Other Side of the Sea”. I had always wanted to use the “big heads and people on the horizon” trope popular in movie posters. Since I had total creative freedom with this one, I jumped at the chance to use our posed band photo floating in the sky. Our CD cover and information on where people could hear the record were superimposed over the shimmering ocean scene. Finally, I left some white space at the bottom of the poster art. This was so clubs we were playing at could write the details about each performance, such as the date and other artists performing on the bill. The final result of this art is a rock n’ roll band on an epic high seas adventure.
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Posted on September 10, 2013 by Derek Price
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 main sail. 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.
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