The album cover contest is now finished and here is the winning
design (also attached):
I still have to decide on the final background for the cover. If this
color doesn't fit your website, then you can also just use the
characters from the cover without their background.
All pages must be: CLEAN - COOL - MINIMALIST and all pages must have a
lot of design. Not just simple template... We need cool design
everything: sections, scrolls, players, etc.
As far as the background color is concerned, which I know is very hard
to get right, we want an undefined color between blue and green.
Somewhere in the middle. And we want to have some lighting in, like
from behind. So some parts of the screen will be darker than others.
That can be in the middle, at the top or at bottom. This way, with
darker and lighter parts of the background, we can create sections
content. (The green cover that I attached was meant to give you an
idea of that color intensity with light, but we don't want THAT
color.... It's just to give you an idea of what I mean).
I'm going to make some new press shots, but for now we have the 3
attached which we can use. The best photo for the Home seems to be
bird pic (but without the bird, as you know). But this photo must
always be very unfocused and with a lot of contrast. If you decide to
use the bird pic, please don't forget to give it that color we are
looking for. We don't want a black/white site. We want color (as you
can see in the new album cover)!
The Home is divided into the main HomeA, and what comes under it:
- My Kramnik logo on the top left (WITHOUT the round icon). I don't
want Kramnik too be very big.
- Minimalist menu at the top (never on the sides): Home, Videos,
Music, Info, Reviews, Store (in stead of Store we are going to have
shopping cart logo, which can also go with the social media logos).
- Minimalist player (probably better at the top because we have
content under HomeA, but you can experiment with the player. It must
stay for all the pages).
- New album cover (we want it to look like a real CD, and it looks
nice when it seems to be standing on a surface, shiny or not shiny,
with shadow, etc). The cover also looks nice when the right side is
shorter, as if it's leaning towards the inside of the site.
- In big letters: Double Agent / new album out now, with Buy and
- we need this in the Home: 'Free download if you sign up to the
- Social media logos: F, YouTube, T, Soundcloud, RSS (instead of
Beatport we can have the shopping cart here).
- I think it's important to have me somewhere in the Home. Either with
the background pic very unfocused, or some other way you can think.
But we never want a very clean image of me (I hate pics so much....!)
- This quote (if it's too long we will make it shorter):
‘One of the most distinctive and original albums of the year, with
a unique and unaffected sound, discovering and exploring new and
uncharted territory. A truly singular artist, Kramnik could well be
bending our minds for years and decades to come' Future Music
- 3 or 4 videos (all visible and not touching each other).
HOME-B (under HomeA)
- Facebook wall (http://www.facebook.com/kramnikdj). It looks nice
when the posts have some nice design for them, or if Facebook can
integrate into something nice. Would be nice to show I have 14.000
- My Dark Matters album (cover attached)
- Photo of me (probably the dark one with no hair)
- Invisible Radio Show, which is also a podcast, with a scroll to see
the shows (for this we can
use the round icon with bird
if you like)
- Somewhere I would like to show how many followers I have in social
media (which is not bad). In F, T, SoundCloud, YouT.
- A couple more quotes from http://www.kramnik.dj/reviews
We have 3 types of music: albums, EPs, and radio show. All three
sections must be very clearly distinguished. Since I spend a lot of
money designing covers here at 99, I would like this page to show all
or most of these cool covers I've been making. But the two albums
be bigger than the others, of course. The Invisible Radio Show can
have a scroll section, with the round bird icon from Kram Records.
Each album and EP will have a small description. Possibly on the other
side of the cover, when the mouse is on top, possible underneath, on
the side, etc.
We also need something that says: Submit Demo to Kram Records (with
the logo attached).
Some nice reviews would also be nice on this page.
Don't forget to have Buy and Listen buttons for each release (Buy will
link with Beatport). But not the radio show, which is a free podcast.
It's important to have the podcast or itunes logo here, so people see
it's a podcast.
We simply have to adapt http://www.kramnik.dj/reviews to the new site.
We simply have to adapt http://www.kramnik.dj/biography and include
details from http://www.kramnik.dj/contact. We don't need the PDF
All the videos from http://www.kramnik.dj/videos. Plus I'm making new
I don't think we need a Contact page because this info will be in
About and/or the bottom of each page.
In general I like to see as much important inforamtion on the first
screen as possible, so that you can see all the important things
without scrolling down.
I hope all this is clear and I wish you lots of luck. I know it's
taken a while to get the final stage but I guess a website is
different than an album cover or logo. In any case, congratulations
because you guys are very good designers and I'm sure my new website
will look amazing thanx to you! I realize you guys will be putting a
lot of time and effort in this, but if you don't win at least all
effort will help you submit nice designs for other website contests.
guess it's nice to know that you are not investing all that time for
nothing. At least it makes me more confortable about picking a winner
(which I hate to do!!).