This may have been the toughest Album Cover Design Contest we’ve ever had to judge.  Not only did it take our Figment Editorial staff several meetings to decide on the eleven designs that made our Top 10 (after much deliberation we decided to allow a tie for the 10th slot), but our guest judge Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady also had a hell of a time deciding on this year’s winner and 2 runners up.  In fact, so much trouble that he decided to award a tie for 3rd place!  So not only did our Top 10 have 11 finalists, but our Top 3 has 4!

And now, here are Tad’s picks for the winner and 3 runners up in our 2011 Figment Album Cover Design Contest.

(drum roll….)


1st Place:

Van Q.

“Shattered Circuits”

Tad:  I like the look of this album – color palette and it’s not overly designed. It reminds me a lot of Hazelmeyer’s designs from the AmRep records of the 90’s. I also like that the type on this is slightly discernible. It’s subtle and makes me want to find out more about the band. And I mean by listening to it. Not by checking out their facebook page.


2nd Place:

Let’s Not and Say We Did

“Out of the Picture”

Tad:  This one made me laugh. It’s hilarious. I love the literal interpretation. The rubenesque woman (so much more of a gentlemanly term than “cankles”) is a great touch. Sense of humor is one of the most important things for me. Bands and artists take themselves so fucking seriously these days.


And Tied For 3rd Place:

Vorpal Queen


Tad:  The pun is so over the top that it makes it kind of clever. And the design work on this is pretty cool.


Eccentric Arcade



Tad:  This feels like some sort of No Wave band. Anybody using Ninjas and giraffes on their album cover gets my $12 (or whatever they sell records for today).


So congratulations to thehoseman for his winning design.  We’ll be sending him a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, a new Figment t-shirt and crediting his Figment account with 1,000 pieces of lucre to spend in our new Figment Gear Store!  He’ll also be receiving a shiny new Album Cover Design Contest award icon on his Van Q band page and “Shattered Circuits” album page.  Poppinfresh will receive a copy of Eddie Trunk’s new book “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” courtesy of Abrams Publishing and 750 pieces of lucre while both formerwageslave and frizbee will see their respective lucre accounts swell by 500 pieces of lucre.

We’d like to say thanks to Adobe and Abrams Publishing for supplying our prizes and of course one more big thank you to Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady for being our guest judge this year.  Do yourself a favor and check out the The Hold Steady, you’ll be glad you did!

9 Responses to “2011 Album Cover Design Contest Winners Announced!”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Damn, so close. Always the bridesmaid, eh? But in all sincerity, massive congrats to Hoseman on the win. His work continues to get better and better, and he’s one hell of a player in this crazy game. He deserves it. Now to prepare for next year!

  2. formerwageslave Says:

    Congrats to the winners!

  3. javdoc Says:

    Congrats Hoseman!

  4. theHoseman Says:

    Wow! I’m…um…I don’t know what to say. Just, wow!

  5. theHoseman Says:

    It appears that “Up the Creek” is well represented here! UncleDuffRecords is blessed, lucky, and supremely amped to have the other winning bands joining the Owls this summer!
    Congrats to you!..and all who participated. Some really damn fine work all around!

  6. Furious Grace Says:

    Congrats to all!

  7. poppinfresh Says:

    Congrats, Hoseman! Well-deserved.

  8. TMTYTF Says:

    It was definitely a tough competition this year, I have to give props to poppinfresh and formerwageslave for their placing covers. I had quite a feeling (and was hoping that) “Out of the Picture” would get second place and “Psychedelicatessin” would get third. I was much more surprised about the tie for third and the winner. Nonetheless, congrats to poppinfresh and formerwageslave again. Also gotta show some love for ChildofAlma and his “Neurostasis” cover by Sinthetic b/c I fell head over heels in love with that cover and was hoping it’d win. Either way, placing Top 11 is still impressive.

  9. Childofalma Says:

    Thanks for applauding Neurostasis, TMTYTF.

    And applauds for the winners and placers, as I think the positions were quite well deserved.

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