Graphic design is challenging (in that it takes some time!) but also can be extremely rewarding. A graphic designer can see his/her work in print but also can see it help careers and dreams of others come to fruition. Grant Dawson and I were at a gallery opening at Form + Content in Minneapolis this summer when Grant pointed to one of the prints and said, “I would love to have that image as my first album cover.” The artist was a college professor of mine, Wayne Roosa, and just in time for the album design Wayne was all on board with using it for Grant’s CD. We were truly excited. I was happy to work with such great artwork as I designed the layout of the digipak.
Grant Dawson’s Spellbound Way has been out for 2-3 months now on CD, CD Baby, and iTunes. Wayne Roosa will have a website up in February of 2010 (will be wayneroosa.com).
Check out Grant’s new site! Grant was living in Houston, TX and moving up to Minnesota. He had created a small following while in TX and I encouraged him to create a website and a myspace page so his fans from TX could follow him even though he was moving to the Twin Cities. As time went on, he outgrew his first site, and we had some better images to work from. We decided on a blog-based design. Blog designs are great because they allow for easy updates without knowing code and as time goes on, provide a very easy platform for redesign too.
Our process, in particular, was very cost-effective. I gave Grant about 10+ choices of free WordPress layouts. After he chose one, I tweaked it by adding a banner with background, changing link colors, and adding widgets he would use for music, contact, photos, and gigs. The great part is now he can update these on his own while blogging about shows, music or concerts while have fan input. I could not have been more happy with the process, and since I was paid per hour it worked out quite well for Grant too.
His music is great so check it out! And keep on the look-out, he’s coming out with an album this fall.
> Grant Dawson’s Website
> Shalanah’s Design Gallery