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INSPIRE - S2/S3 One Week Project



Stage 3 / Text and Images

Helena's Video Tip:



You've researched the brief, built up your sketchbook, and made a moodboard. For the next stage, it's time to start assembling some of your images and text into sample designs or 'mockups'.   Helena's video clip takes you through thinking about type and images and how these can work together in your samples.

If you've already sketched out how your cover might look, now is the time to test it out. Your mockups can be assembled using glue, scissors, pens and also any images, diagrams, sketches and text you've decided to use from your research. Its handy having access to an actual CD disk as well.

You can make your own cover, or download and print a pre-drawn cover.  The more copies you make, the more examples you have of how your idea might work. 

Some useful sizes -
a CD disk has a diameter of 120mm (12cm). 
a CD inlay cover is square and it is 120mm X 120mm
a 6-panel inlay would be 3 X 120mm long (3 folded panels each side)
a CD sleeve (where the disc slips inside) is also 120mm X 120mm but it will need two flaps on one side to glue it closed - like this -



You can search on Google for unusual CD packaging, or look at CDs you have or can borrow, to get ideas about more complicated covers.

Click here to download some sample CD covers.  These are in pdf format. You can print these on to A4 paper, then cut them out. But drawing them from scratch is much more fun.

Niamh's useful link - 500px Royalty-Free Stock Images.

Holly's Cool Tip -






Stage 2 / Moodboards and Sketches

For this stage you can
- assemble a moodboard based around your research
- start writing notes in your sketchbook about your ideas
- draw thumbnails, doodles or diagrams of possible cover ideas
- complete at least 3 pages in your sketchbook

Niamh's Top Tip:


Sample NC Graphics moodboards from our archive:
Both of these examples  are collages from magazines, newspapers, and sketches, assembled and glued onto A2 mounting board.




This project is called ‘Inspire’.  It is all about your imagination and what inspires you. You do not have to be good at drawing or painting to do this project. We are far more interested in how you think.  At the end of the project you'll have designed an original CD cover.

Stage 1 / Mindmaps & Research 

For this stage you can
- read the brief and put it in your sketchbook
- research CD covers and music or images that inspire you
- draw a mindmap in your sketchbook
- complete at least 3 pages in your sketchbook

The week's learning materials / resources -
Helena's 'guide to starting the project'  (download as a pdf)

Tools
A3 or A4 sketchbook, pencils/pens, highlighter pen, glue stick, scissors, magazines, newspapers, pictures.

Niamh's Top Tip 


Holly's Mindmap Example 





Extras
How to put together a nice sketchbook - a great video from Ross Turnbull, who came from school onto our NC course in 2011 and then graduated with his HND in 2014.








Holly & Niamh's Inspired Words of Wisdom

 


Helena's walkthrough message:
Click on the image below and view this video as Helena talks you through the sketchbook process -




Design Process

This project is organised into five stages, which together are called the 'design process', and it looks a bit like this -




During each of these 5 stages, we'll post up tips, instructions, examples and research links for you to use. They'll all appear on this page in the sections below.

Brief

The first thing to do is download the brief (pdf) >>