Northeast Ohio is home to our next group of featured designers, Three Bears Design. The creative and well educated group, with degrees from art and design institutions across the Northwest, enjoy creating all sorts of projects, including illustrated t-shirts, catalogs, show posters, and of course: compact discs.
Today, we’re proudly displaying their “Sospiri” project, designed by Charlie Wagers, Adam Baker, and Keith Konya. The trio drew inspiration from the album’s second to last track, “The Conductor’s Regress.”
Adam’s insanely detailed, freehand illustration style meshed with the label’s vision for the product. The conductor himself is presented front and center on the cover. He is directing a beautifully detailed, illustrated orchestra seen upon opening the package. A rough draft of the orchestra is included in the gallery with this post.
The record label budgeted for a 3-color silk screened chipboard package, so the package was designed around those needs.
Included in the package is a piece of actual sheet music, the annotation of “The Conductor’s Regress.” This bonus goodie compliments well with the look and feel of the project, giving customers an extra physical medium with which they interact with the story.
Another creative detail Three Bears Design included is the barcode on the back. Here’s Charlie on his favorite part of the design:
We wanted to somehow incorporate the barcode into the package, as this is always the most out-of-place piece of any package design. So we made it look like it was bleeding off the edge, to fit with the design.
I’d like to thank Charlie Wagers and the rest of the Three Bears Design team for taking the time to share their story with us. Be sure to check out their other work, it’s well worth a look-see.
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