Tim McMahan Graphic and Website Design

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Create a Band Name and Album Cover

Posted on February 22, 2009 | 23 comments

andyducatThis is a great “distraction project” for graphic designers.  It’s kind of like visual poetry.  I wish my projects in college would have been this fun and inventive. Here are the rules:

1Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random” or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations” or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 – Post it to Facebook with this text in the “caption” or “comment” and TAG the friends you want to join in.

6. Use the “img” tag to post yours to my comment section. I’d love a big collection.  — OOPS, apparently I’m the only one who can use the IMG tag in the comments section.  Just paste in the image URL and I’ll fix it.  You can even use the URL Facebook assigns to your image.

(If you spend more than 5 minutes, you’re doing it wrong.)

Here’s my original photo, just to prove I wasn’t ripping off a current movie.


  1. Tim / February 22nd, 2009 0:04

    This was by my friend Jeremy.


  2. Tim / February 22nd, 2009 1:18

    This was the first one I saw anybody do. I like the photo.


  3. Tim / February 22nd, 2009 1:22

    Someone else did this


  4. Tim / February 22nd, 2009 1:23

    found it on Facebook


  5. Jeremy Bear / February 22nd, 2009 14:29

    These are great, man! The Coraline one is almost eerily perfect.

    Hey, you inspired another one in me:


  6. Jeremy Bear / February 22nd, 2009 14:32

    …Er, which wouldn’t post using the image tag for some reason. Anyhow, it’s here:


  7. Lisa / February 22nd, 2009 15:36

    Same problem as Jeremy had. Here’s mine….

    (Although not NEARLY on a par…)


  8. Jeremy Bear / February 22nd, 2009 17:49

    Ach! Now I’m addicted:


  9. Jeremy Bear / February 22nd, 2009 17:56

    Lisa, you’re always more than on par, sister…


  10. Tim / February 22nd, 2009 18:25

    My friend Chris did this one:


  11. Tim / February 22nd, 2009 23:32


  12. Chris Clark / February 23rd, 2009 12:05


  13. Chris Clark / February 23rd, 2009 12:11

    this one is so poetic.


  14. Tim / February 23rd, 2009 12:29

    From Erin


  15. Chris Clark / February 23rd, 2009 13:03


  16. Chris Clark / February 23rd, 2009 13:10

    damn this is addicting.


  17. Tim / February 23rd, 2009 17:58


  18. Chris Clark / February 23rd, 2009 18:14

    can’t….. stop……..


  19. Jeremy Bear / February 24th, 2009 12:41

    A few designer friends of mine gave it a whack, in case you’re interested…

    Andy Jewett:

    Graye Smith:

    Andy Kerr:


  20. Tim / February 24th, 2009 12:57


  21. Tim / February 26th, 2009 13:37

    From My friend Conrad


  22. Tim / March 2nd, 2009 20:43

    From Rob


  23. Tim / July 3rd, 2009 11:43

    From Trevor


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