Artur Rojek - Music Packaging

Artur Rojek is a polish alternative rock artist who after 20 years of playing in his own band – Myslovitz, decided to leave it. Along with Myslovitz, he created albums that are amongst best selling music in Poland.

After he left the band, he relesed his first solo album called: "I Consist of Continuous Repetition" (polish: "Składam się z ciągłych powtórzen").

That fact introduces great freshness to his new album that I loved from first note. I got the CD and decided to design Special Edition Packaging for that album. Below you can see the story of the project.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Whole project was created using mostly home scanner which gave me the beautiful analogue aesthetics and uncommon feel. Designed and assembled entire package: box, vinyl jacket,label and lyric book.Throughout entire project my main purpose was to show emotions I feel listening to it and visualise them with spontaneous imagery.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Box front cover

In order to convey the personal feeling of the album and its specfic name - “I consist of continuous repetitions” I based my design concept on handmade elements and number of different scan images. All pieces designed, assembled, bound and photographed by me.

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Box back cover

Whole creative process looked as follows: I have designed and printed out all typography I want to use. Cut it out and scan again, using different layout, different scan techniques, light. Scanned some of my body parts, but cut out typography onto. Scan again. Whole process was trial and error, continous repetition.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Some details of sleve and package. Package was printed and assembled by me also in home enviromonment but it came out professionally.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Sleeve front side and package box. Inside of box is padded with velour to represent the cosy feel of album.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Sleeve front side and some sneakpeak of vinyl label.

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Label close up and bit of sleeve.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Inside of the vinyl jacket is double sided printed using some of experimentation process images. Later on, I have created marketing poster using this image. You can see it below in development shots.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

For purpose of package I have designed lyrics booklet as well.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

I bound the book myself using perfect binding technique and finished the spine using velour stripe.Booklet's cover is printed double sided. Some small detials of booklet.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Each song is translated to English and depicted by background image where I’m demonstrating the meaning of lyrics. All of them consist of me, my body parts with one exception for lips of my friend.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

Each song is translated into english and laid out along the polish lyrics.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging

During creating images (scanning myself) I have tried to intepret lyrics and show what I feel listening to this album. I transfered my emotions into image and tried to illustrate music and my internal feeling as I can the best.

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Promotion poster A2 version. Using album front cover and added some typography in the same style.

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Promotion poster A1 version. Used some pieces from experimentation process.

Selected development process and sketchbook shots

Artur Rojek Music Packaging Design

It all started with that poster above. As you can see, first attempt wasn't really successfull. Everything too big. Doesn't work.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging Design

Version above is one after around 5 attempts to layout everything nicely on scanner. It was really tedious process as paper pieces were very delicate and every single move in wrong direction ended up with all elementes mixed up.

Piece above inspiried me the most to use scanner as my main medium for image making. Really strong and organic style. I loved it. Tutor - Vaughan Oliver as well.

It all started with that poster above. As you can see, first attempt wasn't really successfull. Everything too big. Doesn't work.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging Design

Some experimentation with black and white scan technique and other layout / size. It is worth to mention that pieces of paper with typography had to be really small because my scanner was A4 and in order to fit everything in such a small format, everything had to be scalled down.

Artur Rojek Music Packaging Design

Below and above you can see other variations of poster.

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Now you can check my scans of face, hands, some items I had nearby. Most of them used in lyrics booklet.

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This image was used for front cover as for it seems very powerful. Glitch / distortion effect with most of images has wasn't meant to be there initially, but then I liked it and decided to use it on most of them.

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Additionally, all that noise, imperfections and dirt from the scanner create the soul if this project. Thanks to them I feel that this project has something very personal and intimiate which is perfect illustration of album and music created by Artur Rojek.

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