CD Packaging: Tips for Graphic Designers
Graphic designers play a very important role in making excellent CD Packaging. But talent alone will not make you successful in the CD packaging industry because there are plenty of very talented graphic artists nowadays.In order for you to stand out in the CD Packaging industry, you must not only be good with your hands. You also have to be updated with the latest trends of CD packaging, you have to develop good communication skills with your clients, and more importantly you have to be professional. If you are a new graphic designer who’s venturing in CD Packaging, here are some basic tips and tricks for you to be on top of the game.
Be updated on the latest CD packaging trends
I understand that you are so swamped with work that you barely have time to sip a cup of coffee. With your tight deadlines and demanding clients, who has time to read? If you want to have a steady career in CD packaging and if you want to be happily busy all year-round, you should take time to read up on the latest CD packaging news and trends. It is important that you are updated on the latest technology, the ins and outs of the industry, and the latest news in CD Packaging. I know the thought of it seems tedious but this doesn’t have to be a menial task at all. Start small by devoting yourself to reading at least one article or one blog post a day.Then once you get the hang of it, you can start reading magazines and books.
Have a good relationship with the musicians
Aside from talent, it is necessary for you to have good people skills. If you rarely talk, if you are always grumpy and aloof, if you do not respect deadlines, if you disrespect the artist in any way, It is not likely that they will hire you for their second album. Worse, they will tell all their friends not to get you. And you know words do come around faster than lighting in the music industry. You do not have to be a social butterfly because that could be very tiring at times. As long as you’re not disrespecting them, as long as you’re professional with your work, then you will definitely go a long way in the CD packaging industry.
Make suggestions revolving on what the artist wants
Always consider what the musicians want to see in their CD packaging and make your ideas and suggestions revolve around it. It is their album after all. Do not insist your ideas too much to the point that you’ve completely disregarded the client’s ideas unless you do not mind major revisions in the end.
Create 3- 5 variations of your design
After you have a long talk with the musicians about the CD packaging design, make at least 3 -5 variations so that they would have options. Most of the time, what’s in the artist’s imagination cannot be expressed accurately because imagination is abstract and there are lots of barriers of communication. Sometimes also, there are things that look great in our minds but look dull in paper.In an attempt to match the imagination and the output and to give the client more options, variations are necessary.
Stick to the agreed CD packaging design
When they give suggestions to the design, stick to it when making your revisions or else you’ll just be wasting more time and energy when you do yet another revision. Do not be stubborn and pushy with your ideas. Remember, it’s their album, it’s their money, and the final decision is theirs.
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