The baratone guitarist and tragic lyricist Scott Flaskerud [facebook] had an interesting proposal; He'd send you a free copy of his latest record, if you send him your own personal album cover and name the thing! The result is that everyone has his cd, but it has all different album titles and cover art.
For this design I thought that using a photo mosaic seemed appropriate for two reasons: The first is that the album is a compilation of 5 years of b-sides and odds and ends put together as a semblence of a whole. Second, a mosaic theme fits into his idea of many album covers coming from one source. Since he's crowd-sourcing [wikipedia] his album cover, I was going to try to capture a little of that energy. The mosaic is mostly made out of photos of planets, astronauts, and rockets; The mosaic comes together to create an image of the musician, vaguely reminiscent of this Jim Morrison photo [google image search] but tarted up a trace with red lipstick. Then, I tried out several scifi fonts until I found one that looked spacious enough, it's a version of the one used in the movie Alien.
Lastly I got to name the thing. Scott Flaskerud's lyrics are generally dark, tragic, yet humorous. I choose "Amusement Park Ennui" to capture that feeling, and to contain enough conflict to entice. An amusement park is a place designed to make it's inhabitants excited, and Ennui being the name for depression caused by boredom. As anyone who has ever really lived, places/things/people that are meant to be fun have the power to be the most heart-breaking. As Sylvia Plath's character in the Bell Jar said while on a whirlwind tour of New York, "I'm supposed to be having the time of my life."
I am a user experience designer with a visual design background and a talent for ideation.