My CD Digipak Design for Micky Risk

Main image of the 8 page digipak cd design

I was approached by UK-based musician Micky Risk to design a digipak CD Cover for his new album ‘long in the Making’. The image above shows a selection of photos showing the design. As the CD design features flowers, I took some photos in my garden with a yellow rose that, ahem…”fell off” the rose bush (at least that’s what my wife thinks!). Please see my rather amateurish video below for a “tour” of the design with an explanation of it. After the video, take a look at the gallery below for further info on this custom design and illustration I produced. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it…

Short Video About This Digipak Design (Below)…

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Micky Risk CD Digipack Design Gallery

cd front and back colored illustration

Above: This is the Digipak cardboard sleeve laid flat. You can see how the illustration I created covers the whole thing from back to front. For an explanation of the actual design, please see the video above.

The back of a digipak cardboard sleeve

Above: Note the barcode on the digipak design. Unlike my previous CD Design for The Sunrise, I applied this on the actual file (rather than the printing company applying it after sending final files).

digipak cardboard slipcase design

Above: Inside the cardboard CD case, an 8-page (or 8 panel) booklet was included. This slipped into a slot including on the underside of the front cover. Yes, it looks pretty cool if I do say so myself!

CD Sleeve Design

Above: Here’s what the inside of the Digipak sleeve looks like when the 8-page booklet and Compact Disc are removed. As can be seen, the illustration continues behind the clear plastic CD tray.

cd booklet inner pages image

Above: This is the first page of the inner booklet. I’ve kept the illustrative work minimal so the small lyrics can be seen clearly.

Inner pages of digipak booklet

Above: The lyrics are coloured in black, and only use black ink on overprint so there are diamond sharp! For more on the use of black, read my article The Professional Designer’s Guide to using Black.

More inner pages from the digipak booklet

Above: When I had some spare ‘space’ (when some song lyrics were shorter), I used more illustration to fill the gaps. On the left, I used some random bushes, and on the right, sea waves.

Plastic-wrapped digipak design for Mickey Risk

Above: It’s hard to see here, but this is the CD Digipak Design wrapped in plastic for distribution purposes.

Cardboard 8-page Digipack design by Andrew Kelsall

Above: Here’s my favourite photo of the CD Sleeve taken in my garden.

Final Thoughts…

This was a really enjoyable project to work on, and after seeing the final  CD Digipak Design that Micky kindly sent me, I was overjoyed at the final result. I love to designs CD’s, but as time ticks away, many people download music instead. At the moment, though, there is still a place for the humble “tangible” CD Sleeve. Until they disappear from the mainstream like cassettes, I will be happily-ready to design some more! Oh, you can listen to some of Micky’s tracks here.

Resource: Do You Need a Custom CD Design?

Hire Me to Design Your CD Sleeve Art. Here are some of the CD Sleeves I have designed below…

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CD Cover Design for The Reeds:

Designer Andrew Kelsall's cd album art

↑ CD artwork for “The Reeds“.
Read my article on this project: How to Design a CD Cover for a Local Band.

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CD Sleeve Design for Dominic Finley:

CD sleeve design by Andrew Kelsall

↑ CD Cover Design for singer/songwriter Dominic Finley.
Read my article on this project: CD Sleeve Design Process for Dominic Finley.

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CD Album Art Design for Peter Webster:

cd album art design image

↑ CD Cover for Singer/songwriter, Peter Webster.
Read my article on this project: A CD Album in 77 Snaps.

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Digi Pack CD Design: The Songs of Neil Diamond:

digi pack cd design image

↑ CD Cover for Singer/songwriter, Dominic Finley.
Read my article on this project: Digi Pack CD Design – Neil Diamond Songs.

8 thoughts on “My CD Digipak Design for Micky Risk”

  1. rebecca

    I love it!!! very creative and so much effort put in! long life printed CD covers!

  2. Kat

    Nice work. Really like Micky Risk work. Were you the illustrator?

    Katarina Kaplan

  3. Katarina Kojic

    Harrowgate Hill work is really nice.

    Katarina Kojic

  4. Andrew Kelsall

    Kat → Yes, I did the entire thing. Glad you liked it…

  5. Gwen

    Oh wow. I love your designs. What I love even more is the fact that you’re using the power of blogging and social media to tell the world about your work. This is the first professional designer’s blog that I’ve stumbled across.

  6. Jonathan Holroyd

    Great design mate, lovely illustrations.