Random Album Cover Generator: There is a crime

A few years ago I came across a fun game. Basically, it was a challenge to create an album cover using random elements from the Internet. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to Wikipedia and select Random Article. The article, whatever it may be, is the name of your band.
  2. Go to quotations page.com and select Random Quotes. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the last quotation. The last four or five words of that final quotation, whatever they may be, is the title of your album.
  3. Go to Flickr and search for Last 7 Days Interesting (Flickr seems to have changed their search engine lately, but you can still find this by Googling “Flickr last 7 days interesting”). The sixth picture, whatever it may be, is your album art.
  4. Combine these elements using any means you wish to create an album cover.

Recently, I started playing this game again and I am finding it a great way to explore my creativity within certain constraints. I’ve done this using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, but I have also been able to do it using Word, so you don’t necessarily need fancy graphic software to take on the challenge. While  haven’t set out a concrete schedule to produce x number of covers within x amount of time, I thought it would be fun to start posting them, if for no other reason but to inspire you to explore your own creativity.

My first post is a cover from just this past week.

The Wikipedia article was: H. Lee White Marine Museum

The quotation was: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”

The image was:


This is the album cover: Print