I found this net for a fairly traditional Digipak design on the internet. If I choose to design one like this I think these measurements will come in useful for making my work really professional looking and accurate. However, personally I prefer the taller digipak designs (such as the one I featured in my ‘what is a digipak’ presentation) because I think they are more aesthetically interesting, and more versatile in terms of what graphics and composition can be used on them. I tried searching for a net on the internet for the taller digipaks but unfortunately couldn’t find one so I will have to take some measurements and create my own net from an existing example.
Here are some examples of covers of indie albums that I liked. All of these would be quite easy to create on Photoshop. Black and white colour schemes and mirror images seem to be quite popular. It also seems to be quite fashionable to only write the name of the band and not the album on the cover.
Ideas for the features of my digipak: In an earlier post I outlined the typical features of Digipaks, however these are the ones I am choosing to use on mine. Front
name of band
picture of band/other graphic.
plastic tray for CD and DVD
booklet containing artwork and lyrics for songs.
musicians thanks, name of record company, songwriters, record producer, musicians, musicians thanks, where/when recorded
record label logo
Here are some sketches I did for a possible layout for my digipak. They are all quite conventional. The left hand column shows 3 possible front layouts and the right hand column 3 back layouts. I like the middle design layout best for the front, and the bottom layout for the back. However I will not write the name of the album on the front of my digipak to stay in keeping with the indie style album covers I have looked at. I think my graphic will be of a girl, because I don’t think an object is very interesting to photograph and the band are unavailable for any photo shoots because of their very busy schedules. I will probably also make my digipak in black and white because many other examples of indie album art are black and white or faded/bleached colours.