Design contest anyone?

One thing I love about the series design is how easy it is for people to play around with. Last year, Tom Scharpling came up with this one on Kriss Kross (got the cropping wrong, though). And last year Hayden Childs, author of the 33 1/3 on Richard and Linda Thomson’s Shoot Out The Lights came up with a series of great covers over on the Powell’s blog. Now Jim A. has come up with some great covers for the best of the worst possible 33 1/3s. Click here for the full set (via NY Magazine’s Vulture). I also really like the Prince idea.

How about this? Make your own hypothetical 33 1/3 cover, put a link to the image in the comments of this post, we’ll pick a winner* some time after the July 4th holiday, and the winner will get some recent 33 1/3s, some doo-dads we have around the office, and maybe a copy of A Cultural Dictionary of Punk which is just off the press, and has already gotten plenty of compliments in the cover design department.

*Just so there is no confusion, this is a contest to make an amusing 33 1/3 book cover that will (most likely) never become a book, not an open call for proposals for new books in the series.

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22 Thoughts to “Design contest anyone?”

  1. KEEP EM COMING!We'll try to draw this to a close and cast our secret ballots before the weekend. White smoke from the chimney will indicate that we have elected a winner.

  2. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadwayby Dr. Hannibal Lecter"Rael ate the Lamia with some fava beans and a nice Pinot Grigio since the Chianti didn't go as well with seafood."

  3. I hope I'm not too late…Here's my first crack at it:Metal Machine Music by Lester BangsTalking Heads: 77 by Brian EnoThe Modern Lovers by Lou ReedWhipped Cream & Other Delights by Greil Marcus

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    Don't have access to design tools at the moment, so you'll just have to use your imagination. Here are mine:The Queen Is Dead by Prince CharlesHighway 61 Revisited by Google MapsBlonde on Blonde by Jenna Jameson & Tracy LordsThriller by Michael CrichtonMoondance by Buzz Aldrin

  5. What about these:(Hilary Duff's) Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaTrainspotting (Soundtrack) by Irvine Welsh(Sonic Youth's) Sonic Nurse by Richard Prince(Bob Dylan's) Modern Times by Charlie ChaplinI have not made these covers but I might over the weekend hopefully will be a bit better than last time.

  6. another one. I really enjoy the musician penned books, so here is my dream book in that idea: Waves by Jeff Tweedy

  7. These are great, keep 'em coming…

  8. Hey I've made four book covers which are:#1 Dr. Feelgood by Pamela Anderson#2 Elephant by Dumbo #3 Live 1966 by Judas Iscariot#4 Alice by Lewis Carroll Come over to my journal onötley_crüe,_the_white_stripes,_bob_dylan_and_tom_waits.

  9. D'oh! New versions, including the black border this time. . .The PopeandJohn and Yoko

  10. Here's one I did over the weekend.Remember the cropping… the books have a black border around the colorful bits in the middle.I use the magic of MS Paint for mine, but if someone has the knowhow to make a 33.3 cover generator, that would be awesome.

  11. Has anyone done "Thriller" by Farah Fawcett?

  12. To make this easier on those of us who aren't designers, would anyone be willing to make a "cover generator" where we could upload the album picture, book title and author's name into a field and then an image of the cover would be auto generated? =)

  13. Okay, clearly I have too much time on my hands – because I have done another three.UFO – Phenomenon: Halen (1978 debut): Flamin Groovies – Shake Some Action:

  14. Sorry about that, Hayden! Been a long morning already and the sun is shining in NYC for the first time in a month. I'll put those up now. And then I'm leaving early.

  15. No love for the ones I made for Powell's around this time last year?

  16. OK – I'm bored, so let me be first in here – Blue Oyster Cult's 'Tyranny and Mutation':

  17. I have to quote your qualification at the foot of the post:"Just so there is no confusion, this is a contest to make an amusing 33 1/3 book cover that will (most likely) never become a book, not an open call for proposals for new books in the series."Have to say that made me laugh – the thought of another avalanche of proposals must be enough to send you wacko …

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