May 13, 2017

Random Album Cover Challenge

So, this is a little thing I stumbled upon years ago, on Facebook, that I enjoy revisiting from time to time.

It was originally titled My Debut Album Cover, and basically it provides 3 random elements out of which one will make an album cover: Band Name, Album Title, and a picture. I think it makes for a lovely and fun design challenge.

Here’s how you get your random elements:

  1. Band Name:
    Get a random wikipedia article by clicking HERE.
    The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
  2. Album Title:
    Get a random quote HERE.
    The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
  3. Cover Image:
    Select the third picture, no matter what it is from HERE for your album cover.

Use your favorite graphic design software to put it all together (I realize that for some people, this means MS Paint …..).

Then post it in the comments section below.

If you find the chance to see the source material as interesting as I do, feel free to post your entire quote as well (posting the link to the page will just bring up another set of random quotes), along with your wikipedia and flickr links.

Limit your design time to 15 minutes – post total time with your album cover.

Limit your design time to 30 minutes – post total time with your album cover.

7 Comments on “Random Album Cover Challenge

Kameron Chauvez
May 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Total design time: 14 minutes

Band name: Hexstatic –


July 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Well, I hit the Pro Jr. challenge at 30 minutes on the dot.

Band Name: Snob Screen –

Album Title from Clementine Paddleford quote, “Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.”

Cover photo:

Dang Harris
July 29, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Okay, went ahead and went for pro challenge #1 (I think I spend too much time looking at fonts and not enough time actually designing with these things ….) Made it in at 15 minutes!

Band name: Yungay District –

Album title from G. K. Chesterton quote, “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”

Cover photo:

Brandon Caroland
July 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

I love this game a little too much

Dang Harris
July 30, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Can there be too much love for this game?

Mallette Blum
November 25, 2018 at 9:42 pm

I went for pro challenge Jr, but ended up in-between 15 and 30 so total time was 20 min.

Band Name: King of Clubs

Album Title from random Quote: “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.”
Dan Rather (1931 – )

Random Album Photo:

Dang Harris
January 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Love it! Nice addition of the emblem as well!


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