The Design Loop

New York radio station WFUV is releasing their 15th Annual Compilation CD and they want you to illustrate the official album art. (Deadline: August 24, 2012 11:59 P.M. PDT )

Posted on: August 1, 2012

The station’s slogan is “Rock and Roots Radio,” but do not literally represent rocks and tree roots in your design. Consider it a metaphor for the original and authentic music played on WFUV. They are the only home in NYC for this brand of music.

The compilation features exclusive live performances from the legendary Studio A by artists drawn from a list including Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, Feist, Blitzen Trapper, and Chris Isaak to name a few. Check out WFUV’s live music streams for creative inspiration.

The winning designer will receive a $500 contest award in addition to a WFUV prize pack, a copy of the compilation CD with their design and the winning designer will be credited on the CD packaging.

Suggested Theme & Style

Think modern, clean design. The art should represent the diversity of the music the radio station plays.

Your art could be inspired by a hip contemporary or vintage concert poster. You’re welcome to play with typography in your design.

Think outside of the box and design album art that is strong enough to grab fan’s attention from a mile away.

Things You Need To Include

  • Required Text: “WFUV Live 15” and “More exclusive live performances from the studios of WFUV in New York City.”

Things You Should Avoid

  • Respect copyright. DO NOT submit copyrighted work.
  • DO NOT use photos, stock images or clip art.
  • DO NOT use the band’s names in your design.


  • $500 Cash prize
  • A WFUV prize pack, a copy of the WFUV 15th Annual Compilation CD, and Credits on the CD Packaging

Visit here to find out how to submit or download templates.

Click here to view work already submitted.


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