This year’s Figment Album Cover Design Contest has been a blast.  We’ve had the pleasure of working with a great artist, Chris Mars, we’ve continued to receive great support from our good friends at Adobe, and most importantly we’ve seen the quality of our player’s entries continue to improve.  We’d like to say thanks to all of you for making this year’s contest not only a success, but a fun one to boot.

But enough of that, let’s get to who won!  For that honor we turn it over to Chris Mars…

Chris:  “In picking the winner, I thought about my own days of record shopping, trying to find music that I would be into – the kind of music that wouldn’t be on the radio. I’d dig through the racks and I’d look for covers that had the right “look”, telling me it was something I might be into. Punk had a definite aesthetic attached to it, but so did new wave, prog rock, metal. I needed the spirit of the music conveyed to me visually, cause I might not have a chance to hear it before I committed to buying it. Of course, I’d attract to cool looking artwork in general…but if it was misleading, I’d be pissed about it. And if the artwork didn’t “fit” something I might be into, I might miss it. Then again, if the artwork was too obvious or cliché, I’d figure the music inside might be too.

Creatively, aesthetically, all the Figment finalists looked great. I was really impressed by the quality of the artwork and design overall. Every cover looked really good. So to pick the winner, I imagined combing through the rack, and wanting and needing the artwork to tell me what I needed to know about the music inside.”




“Binary Empire”

Design by ChildofAlma

Chris:  “I think the cover that best suits its band/genre is Binary Empire by Sinthetic.  It’s a cool cover, and if I were to guess what kind of music it would be, I would have hit it spot-on.  This one is a great marriage between visual interest and visual information.  It’s my big winner.”



Let’s Not and Say We Did

“The Night We Didn’t See Carl Sagan” EP

Design by poppinfresh

Chris:  “First runner up goes to The Night We Didn’t See Carl Sagan by Let’s Not and Say We Did. I think this is a really beautiful cover, and it also hits the mark for the music inside. But in this case, I had to read the band description and say, “Yeah it fits,” versus the big winner, where I was able to guess what would be inside before I read anything.”



King Fu and The Shank Punch Pow

“How To Get Away With Murder”

Design by Raybo

Chris:  “And the second runner up goes to How to Get Away With Murder by King Fu and the Shank Punch Pow. I really like the incorporation of the type, and I really like how this one looks. But it feels more punk to me than the musical description.”


Every year, we look for a guest judge who we think will share his/her perspective, talent and experience with you our players.  Chris Mars has been a terrific judge and we’d like to thank him yet again for all his contributions to this year’s contest.  Here’s what he had to say.

“Again, all the covers looked professional, the quality was really high.  My top three hit the mark closest without being something I’ve seen before.  I think all ten contestants have bright careers ahead for them if this is something they choose to pursue.  Thanks for the opportunity to view the work, I really enjoyed it.

Chris Mars


So congratulations to ChildofAlma for his winning design.  We’ll be sending him a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6, an autographed copy of Chris Mar’s book “Tolerance”, a Figment t-shirt, and 10,000 pieces of Lucre!  He’ll also receive a Album Cover Design Contest Winner icon on his album page.  And to our runners up, don’t worry Lucre and prizes are on their way for you too!


7 Responses to “2012 Figment Album Cover Design Contest Winners”

  1. poppinfresh Says:

    Congrats, ChildofAlma!! Everything Chris said about your album is right on the money! Congrats to you, too, Raybo! Next year… right?

    And a big thanks to Chris Mars for taking to time to judge our work and give us constructive criticism. I’ll be sure to think about what he said when designing my future covers.

  2. TMTYTF Says:

    Great job ChildofAlma!! It’s been a long time coming and you truly deserve to win this contest. Poppinfresh…nice work as well.

  3. Raybo Says:

    Congrats to the sweet ChildofAlma. Great album, buddy! You deserve it.

    Thank you, Mr. Mars. It is an honour.

  4. Childofalma Says:

    … Wait… Wow. I… really didn’t see that coming! Mr. Mars, thank you so much for even looking at my work. And two Raybo and Poppinfresh, your covers are truly spectacular! … Woo!

  5. theHoseman Says:

    Congratulations ChildofAlma! Well deserved. I’ve enjoyed watching your progression as an artist/designer.

    And congrats to Poppinfresh & Raybo as well!
    Great work.

    To all the rest of you…outstanding designs all around. I had been compiling a list of covers I liked as you were submitting them and when it came time to submit my 10 selections, I had to cut my list by quite a few. Let me just say, you guys made it very difficult to narrow my votes to 10. And that is a good thing. Keep up the great work all. I can’t wait to see you’re designs in the coming year!

  6. Childofalma Says:

    Everyone made such awesome covers this year; we have some serious talent on this site. With every competition, everyone improves year after year. It’s remarkable.

  7. Furious Grace Says:

    Congrats ChildofAlma and congrats to all! I can’t imagine choosing would have been very easy, and I think all candidates are worthy of praise. And thanks to Chris Mars for participating in this.. we are pretty lucky to have had his insights into things!

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