Rock, Paper, Sizzle AIGA Summer Show

Save the Date

September, 7th 2013
6:30pm – 10pm
Ballroom at the Secor (map)
Free Admission/Donations Welcome

“The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn’t know that it’s a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they’ll know.”

-Jack White

With access to thousands of songs tucked away in our pockets, technology has made it easy for us to not just listen to our music, but devour it. We can set the mood to every waking moment (and sleeping moment for that matter). Our own personal soundtracks, closing us off to the rest of the world in beautiful auditory isolation. No matter the format, the experience of listening to music is vital to many of us. Even as technology continues to redefine that experience with promises of accessibility, speed and control, part of me longs for life to just slow down. Take the time, turn off the phone and illuminated screens and really listen to music. For decades, records have allowed us that unique opportunity. There’s a warmth to vinyl records, a delicate and often imperfect charm capable of releasing us from the compulsion to dart from track to track. We experience the music not as a collection of songs, but as a unified work of art.

And then there’s the record cover. It’s much easier to make an impression when you have so much real estate to work with. There’s more room for details and subtleties. When you hold it in your hands, it feels like art. Something collectible that you could hang on the wall, unlike the countless CD jewel cases you likely have stacked in a closet.

We’ve all dreamed of designing album art for our favorite band or musician. Well now is your chance. Maybe it’s for one of your favorite albums that you were less than impressed with the artwork. Redesign it. Maybe you want to put a modern spin on a vintage classic or a retro spin on a new release. Do it. Give it your own interpretation. Make it beautiful, impactful, and memorable. Music and design have always gone hand in hand, so pay homage to the music that moves you to create.

To Participate:

Register by Sunday, July 21st.

$15.00 Registration Fee will be required to cover frame cost (Multiple submissions will be accepted, but each additional piece will also require the $15 fee. i.e., 2 pieces = $30.)

Registration Closed

Submit artwork by Wednesday, August 21st.

Drop off or mail entries to:

Attention: Ben Morales
Communica, Inc.
31 North Erie Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Please also submit a digital proof for our online gallery (by August 21st) to:

Send any questions to:

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Artwork Specifications:

We will provide a standard 13″ x 13″ album cover frame for each entry.

The final artwork should be trimmed to exactly 12.5″ x 12.5″ to fit the frame.

You may work in whatever medium you’d like (digital design, print making, collage, sketch, paint, photograph, etc.) but materials must be archival and flat enough fit in the provided frame.

Further Details:

It is a fundraising event, as all donated artwork will be available to purchase via silent auction. Minimum reserve will be $25.

There will also be a DJ, appetizers and a cash bar.

In addition, the show will be held in conjunction with Pixels of Fury: A Live Creative Inspiration Tournament presented by Shutterstock. Designers compete in front of a live audience to conceive and create inspiring posters at breakneck speed. Under the gaze of local superstar judges, the pressure is on to answer the big design challenge: Whose inspiration shines brightest?

then go design something amazing!

This will be an event you won’t want to miss. Be sure to invite your friends and family too! Let’s pack the ballroom.

By aigatoledo
Published July 5, 2013
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