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Digital Harmony Australia Pty Ltd
PO Box 789
Katoomba NSW 2780
Australia.

Phone: 0412 252588

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The Artwork Package

Almost every independent artist I know has made their recording, mixed it, had it mastered, got the quotes for manufacturing and then notice they need some artwork for the CD cover etc.  It then takes several weeks of scrambling around to get photos taken, a bar code and artwork in the format required by the manufacturing plant.

It makes sense if you are going to be paying a graphic artist to have him or her do all the graphics in one go at a package deal rate.  This should also mean that you will get a consistent look and feel about your whole visual image.

THE ORDER YOU DO THESE THINGS IS IMPORTANT

Search Engine Optimisation - Pick the keywords, hosting location, domain name - .com. or .com.au, etc.

Web Master - Hopefully you or a member of your band can do this to handle updates etc. quickly and cheaply.

Visual arts design by the Graphic Artist

Band costumes and stage designs

Photography 

Some video for YouTube and links to Web site and MySpace - You could shoot some video at the photo shoot if you have the sets etc. already set up.

Web designer for your own web site, YouTube.com and MySpace.com.

Artwork package deal could consist of:

DELIVERABLES FROM GRAPHIC ARTIST 

Web site design delivered as html files on a CD so upload it.  Pages on your web site could include:

Home page

Bio for each band member.  Layout around the text you supply.

Gig guide – Must be easy for you to update this.

Hi Res images page for media use on a special media sub site. eg. www.myband.com.au/media 

Link to your MySpace and YouTube pages (Make sure the links open in a new window.)

Give their e-mail to sign up for newsletters.  Use a service like www.MailChimp.com

Page where people can download samples of your music in exchange for their e-mail address.

Link to on-line fulfilment web sites where people can buy CD’s and MP3’s of your music.

News page

Contacts page

Embed some YouTube videos of your band.

Gallery of current photos of you with fans at gigs. Include photos of happy looking fans

Logo

Band colours and other graphical themes

MySpace site design

Template for Drum Media and other street press advertisements.

CD art (booklet, back page and CD label)

for album delivered according to the specifications of your CD manufacturer.  You will find artwork specifications on their web site.  Don’t forget to supply the Barcode so this can be incorporated.  You get barcodes from your record company or distributor.

A2 venue poster

Template for A3 cafe poster

Standard A6 size post card

A one page bio and information pack for inclusion with your CD when sending to radio etc.

PHOTOGRAPHY

You get photos done AFTER (note AFTER) consulting with your graphic designer.  You and your graphic designer should come up with an agreed brief for a photographer to produce suitable photos. 

You will have a list of photos that will be needed.  This list may include:

  • Photo for Front cover of CD perhaps also to be used on your posters.
  • Photo for Back cover of CD
  • Photo for Surface of CD
  • Photos for the CD booklet
  • Gallery photos for the web site
  • A photo for your cafe poster and postcard.
  • Head & shoulder shots for a bio etc.
  • Photos for merchandise posters.

Some of the photos may be of things like your guitar or other instrument, not just you.

Before you go to your photo session you will have agreed with your graphic art designer what clothes you will be wearing, what the backgrounds and poses will be etc.  You may even have a sketch of what you are trying to get.  The photographer will know from your graphic designer’s sketch what you want a photo like for the front cover artwork.  The photographer will have a list of photos he/she knows needs to be produced.  On the day you can add in a whole lot of extra spontaneous shots that may prove useful but the important thing is to get all the photos on your list. 

So often I see artists come back from a photo session and have nothing suitable for their album artwork.  Particularly male artists will turn up to the photo, shoot in their normal day clothes, without any props and ask:  What are we going to do?

If the photographer knows exactly what you want he/she will be able to get the appropriate lights and backgrounds organised before the shoot.

Just remember your band colours, having a consistent theme etc.

NOTE:  Don't let your graphic artist or ISP control your domain name.  Register it yourself and keep control of it.

MISTAKES WEB DESIGNERS MAKE

Web designers get too focused on the way they want the whole page laid out and often don't cater for the variety of different browsers, screen resolutions and speed of download.  The result is it can look great on the designer's computer but be difficult to navigate on other computers.  The most common mistakes are:

  • Excessive amounts of flash programming.  It is not really that cool and it can take a long time to load, people can get board and click away in that time.
  • Having an opening index.html page that is just flash and then you have to click on ENTER to get into the web site.  Your home page should be loaded with the key words from your SEO consultant, not flash.
  • Don't put scroll bars inside the page.  There are scroll bars on the browser, work with them not against them.

 

I value your feedback.  Please send me your comments to:  info@digitalharmony.com.au

 

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