CD Design: Jennifer Haase, ‘No More Invitations’

CD Design
No More Invitations (Jennifer Haase www.ryhmeswithclassy.com)

Several months in the making, singer-songwriter Jennifer Haase’s long-awaited CD is now out. I found an amazing photo of antique Edwardian doll’s heads at the Flikr photostream for alliesadornments.com. We were given permission to use this photo, which is so perfectly in keeping with the thread that runs through Jennifer’s songs, and a little creepy! Subtle enhancements in Photoshop included desaturating slightly and adding a gradient shadow at the top of the photo. The entire design — colors, type, etc — followed from there.

But there were some challenges for me. Jennifer said she wanted RED and a vibe that was sexy and sly, and no photos or images of herself. But the biggest challenge was to include a lot of text thanking her many album investors. I even created a short video for Jennifer to give her an idea of how the layout would look.

After a few false starts, we hit on the right packaging design and overall concept that led to this classy album with its arresting cover. Rosanne Cash, who sings with Jennifer on one of the songs, reminded us about its similarity to the infamous Beatles’ cover that never was, with the Fab Four holding creepy dolls (‘Yesterday and Today’ — go on, google it!).

Font: Despieneda (MyFonts)
Template: modified 6-panel “Jewel Free” with a clear hinged tray from OasisCD.com.
Layout: InDesign
Photo effects: Photoshop

Listen and buy at www.ryhmeswithclassy.com

Cover for Jennifer Haase CD, 'No More Invitations'

Front/Outside of Jennifer Haase’s CD, ‘No More Invitations.’Cover for Jennifer Haase CD, ‘No More Invitations’

'No More Invitations' inside panels and disc on hinged clear tray.

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