Figment is celebrating its 5th year in existence, and we’re happy to say that this year’s Album Cover Design Contest was a fitting way to celebrate it.

Not only did we have one of the most distinguished album cover designers in the world, Gary Burden, as our judge, but we also were able to give away an incredible prize, a 1-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

So thanks to Gary for being such an incredible judge and sharing his expertise with us, and thanks to Adobe for not only supplying such a fantastic prize, but also for being such a great partner over these past 5 years.

Speaking of the winner, let’s get to it,  right?  Gary has surveyed the 10 finalists and here is the winner and 2 runners up he picked from those 10.

 

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1ST PLACE:


Daisy May

“Thrash Punk Superstar”

Design by TMTYTF

Gary:  This is my favorite of these ten covers because it is both an arresting image and it tells you what to expect music wise which is very important. The “punkness” of the lettering adds to that. I have always believed that if the cover art is eye grabbing in a sea of covers in a record store and causes the customer to pick it up and hold it in their hand you are half way to making the sale. Sounds crass perhaps but this is after all packaging for a product and it has a responsibility to help market the product/music. Music is in packages in stores because the artist and the company have decided to market their product/music. Though arguably album covers are art unto themselves, a package has to help sell the product contained within. Otherwise it should just be a piece of art on the wall not attached to an album of music and have no responsibility to sell anything except perhaps itself.

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2ND PLACE:


Pragmatica

“The Grand Facade”

Design by humanblooper

Gary:  I like this cover irrespective of what the musical content may be simply because it is the most beautiful and visually pleasing. I like the fade on the blue background and the consistency of the blue theme throughout. Also the type is well chosen and stays consistent with the rest of the art. It could be appropriate for many different kinds of music which is good and bad.

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3RD PLACE:


The Angel’s Sin

“Deuteronomy 5:17”

Design by algoreyou

Gary:  I really like this cover even though it is not “my cup of tea” content wise just because it is very powerful, scary and has some mystery as to what the musical content might be. Or perhaps it’s obvious. For a while it was my first choice but in the end I preferred DAISY MAY because it was more relatable to me, personally.

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So congratulations to TMTYTF!  We’ll be in touch to get you set up with your free 1-year 2 GB subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.  We’ll also be sending you a Figment t-shirt and depositing 10,000 pieces of Lucre in your Figment account.  As for humanblooper and algoreyou we’ll also be depositing 7,500 and 5,000 pieces of Lucre in your accounts respectively.

We’d like to thank Gary Burden again for taking the time to be our guest judge for this year’s Album Cover Design Contest.  He’s a consummate professional and a real mensch!  Please be sure to check out his work!

Lastly, thanks again to Adobe for being such a great partner year after year!  You guys are the best… literally.

 

7 Responses to “2013 Figment Album Cover Design Contest Winners”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Wow. I gotta say, these are not the three covers I expected to see at the end of this contest. I would have bet money that Moonblood Symposium would have taken the top spot. These contests never go the way you think they’re gonna go. Congrats to the winners!

  2. poppinfresh Says:

    I was drawn to the Daisy May cover the instant I saw it, so I think it’s a fantastic choice! Since it’s a single person making the decision, the outcomes of these contests are frequently surprising and always interesting! Big congratulation to TMTYTF and all the winners!

  3. Raybo Sapien Says:

    Congrats to all the winners! All are deserving of praise and accolade!

  4. TMTYTF Says:

    Wow, I was not expecting this, honestly. I kept telling myself that I had released the Gravestompers “Bloodiest of Halos” album a day too late because I thought it would have been a good candidate for the contest, but now I see that Daisy May had this one all along. Thanks for the good wishes poppinfresh. Also, thank you to Gary Burden for his comments and for making the selection. Lastly, thanks to Eric and Larry and the rest of the Figment team who work so hard to make sure that we can still play this incredible “game of fake bands”.

    I’ve been a Figment player for nearly 5 years and up until today, I had never won a Figment contest, let alone the biggest one they hold all year. I’m so stoked and I can’t wait to check out Adobe Creative Cloud (I just hope I can figure out how to use it, haha). Anyway, well done Algoreyou and Humanblooper for your covers by The Angel’s Sin and Pragmatica. This was a great contest this year!

  5. Childofalma Says:

    It was tough to choose my own top ten this year, now I know the pressures of being a judge, In my opinion, Daisy May has one of the most striking and unique covers on figment, Pragmatica’s cover for The Grand Facade is sleek and fluid, and The Angel’s Sin’s cover for Deuteronomy just screams heavy.

    A very fitting outcome to this contest!

  6. FuriousGrace Says:

    Congrats to the winners! Great contest as always.

  7. humanblooper Says:

    I kind feel like a the kid who just lost a scholarship and can’t go to college now, destined to let my talent’s shrivel in the sun, getting a job at the DQ on the outskirts of town, and being drunk. I can only imagine what kind of cool stuff I could have made with Adobe Cloud. But, the upswing is, I am excited to see what TMTYTF will do with this tremendous prize! Congrats!

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