THE FIRST RETURNED COVER FROM MADISON WI, Prompt - Nostalgia
The 1,000 People CD Cover Project is a 1,000 person intercontinental design collaboration. I have 1,000 blank CD covers each with its own serial number. The covers are made by the legendary printing collective in Portland called Stumptown Printers. The covers I have all start out blank and will eventually be folded into squares that will hold a new CD.
Any one who wants to design a cover can. By the end of the project (probably a couple years) I'll have 1,000 completely individual CD covers designed by 1,000 people from all sorts of places, from 1,000 design prompts. Here is the second cover from Evanston IL, Prompt - Treehouse
What is this prompt talk? And how do people sign up? The sign up and prompt lists look like this. The candles are to protect folks info.
200 people have signed up since 1/5/13. In the end the serial #'s from each cover will be logged onto my website. Those numbers will correspond to the designers zipcode and the designers chosen prompt. When all the covers are collected and the album is recorded I will have an exhibition of 1,000 unique covers in gallery spaces across the country. I'll play shows amongst the covers. Some folks who would like to share their experience be might be featured in particular. After these shows I will fold the covers into their squares and tour that album selling it to audiences just as I sell my current album. Those who would like to buy one of the thousand, at sliding scale as always, will reach blindly into a covered box choosing a cover at random. Right then I'll log that buyers zip code into my website and the owner can find out where theirs was designed and the designer can look up where there cover ended up. Check out the 3rd cover to come in, also from Madison, and then I'll explain the regenerating prompt list. If you've gotten this far you win a gold star - I'll mail it to you.
I started the prompt list myself with just 20 prompts. Prompts are keywords or phrases that can be used as a jumping off point for the design. Each time someone signs up to receive a blank cover they write down their name, email, date, serial # and zip code. Then they choose a prompt from the list of 20. This list is always changing, as once they choose a prompt they cross it off, write their serial # next to it and then add a new prompt to the list. By crossing off then adding the available list to each new designer stays at 20 prompts to choose from. These prompts are meant to serve as a creative connective tissue amongst the entire group. If the designer wants to diverge from their prompt they can. In the end the design can do whatever they want, but that chosen prompt will be attached to that cover. All covers come with a return due date for three months from the start point. If anyone wants more time they just ask for it and poof it is granted. Here are just a few samples of what folks have sent in so far.
If you are not about to come to a show soonish, but would like to design a cover send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, zipcode and address. I will send the current prompt list, then you choose a prompt from that list and let me know what prompt you would like to add to the list. I will add your info to the physical list and then send you a cover and a letter about the project. The design can be simple or complicated, I just ask that folks put a lot of ....... well..... something into it. I was gonna say love, but if you've got some hate to put into it go for it, or sorrow, or lust, or hope or befuddlement or invention blueprints or diamond heist plots, or child rearing cartoons or oil smudges from various flora and fauna I say go for it. Lets see what happens. We're off to a good start. Feel free to email any questions.