Cool Tools, Begging Bowls, and 3D Animation

It’s a little difficult to follow up from our last post, arguably the best Case Study feature we’ve done to date, talking to arctic explorer Ben Saunders (it’s required reading, so just scroll down a bit to check it out — then come back up here when you’re done). So instead of trying to hit you with another lengthy post, we thought we’d try a few miscellaneous links instead.

First up, it was an honor and a privilege to see that Jewelboxing had been picked up for some nice coverage over at Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools, the widely read and respected journal of all things nifty. Writer Elon Schoenholz had a lot of very nice things to say about our humble little cases, like “they go a long way toward making a small business or project appear bigger, undeniably professional.”

Next, a couple of very quick links. We randomly stumbled across San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Bill Foreman’s album Begging Bowl, which he’s been packaging using Jewelboxing Standard cases. Although the image on his site is just a scan of the cover, we imagine it probably looks like the comp we put together over there on the right. We also really dig Bill’s ongoing, simple, blocks-of-color layouts between his albums.

And last, we also stumbled across this post on a forum for the 3D animation program Kinemac, wherein a user was asking if anyone could assemble a model of our Standard cases within the program. So far, no follow up to the finished product, but we’re guessing it’s for something music-related, judging from some of the other links they’d included. We’d be happy to share with them the models we built in After Effects for our first Jewelboxing commercial, but those were something of a complicated jumble (more like 2.5D).

Thanks to all of those who have posted about Jewelboxing here and there, making it fun to stumble across random, interesting projects. Have your own Jewelboxing case you’d like to have us see and possible show off here on the blog? Send it in! In particularly, we’d like to see something from the attractive people in New York, Idaho Springs, Pasadena, Greensboro, Vestal, Venice, Boston, Los Angeles, Conroe, Saint George, Berwick, Langhorne, Bakersfield, Dallas, Brea, Santa Monica, Rancho Dominguez, Blackstone, Portland, and Denver.

Clean Hard Drives and Charitable Friends

 

Around this time last year, we heard from musician Danny Adler, who had packaged his last album using Jewelboxing. This week we heard from him again as he let us know that he’d been keeping as prolific as ever and has just recently released two brand new albums with a whole slew of music, packaged just as beautifully as before. Here’s from Danny about each:

“The first, is Outmoded – Vintage SGX. I’ve been doing music for about 7 years now and I’ve got a backlog of old, old stuff that’s just been sitting on my hard drive. It is good stuff, but too different from my current style, and production quality isn’t quite there, as I was learning while making it. The way that the Jewelboxing cases can hold 2 discs was magnificent for my this collection of about 3 years’ worth of my music.”

Sample tracks: Realize and The Way Up.

“The second album is SGXRMX2 – SGX Remix Project 2.0. This is the second time I’ve opened up a bunch of my tracks for remixing to friends and fans and put together an album from the result. I didn’t want to deal with selling the album for profit and then attempt to pay those who participated their $10 cut of my AMAZING income on it (sarcasm), so I had planned to release the album solely as a free download. Then it occurred to me that since there was SOME money to be made, I could donate any of the profits to charity. So, along with posting them soon on iTunes, with some leftover Jewelboxing cases I had, I printed up a few and sold them for $25 with all profits going to PMFFC, my friend’s record-label-for-charity. I’m sold out now, but the few I made went fast, so I am planning a small reprint.”

Sample tracks: Coactive – HyBound’s Retroactive Breaks Mixand Me Semper Maneas – Nicole Adams Mix.

Let’s hope there’s as much impressive work getting done as there is at Danny’s studio in Gladwyne, Williamsburg, Santa Barbara, New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Quebec, Niceville, New Orleans, Savannah, London, Naples, Boston, Seattle, Fort Washington, Columbus, Montreal, Nashville and San Jose.

Covering the Classics (Sometimes With Talent Even!)

It’s always a great day here at Jewelboxing HQ when someone sends us a copy of an album. There’s enough music geeks here in the office, so the reason why is obvious. Who doesn’t like getting new music out of the blue? It’s all the better when there’s a hook to the whole thing, like when we got in Henry Cline’s latest disc for his Hippopotty Records Music Club, “The Best and Worst Covers.” It’s filled with just that: an eclectic mix of good cover versions of songs (The Brazilian Girls doing the Talking Heads’ Crosseyed and Painless) , horrible ones (the infamous Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by William Shatner), and miscellaneous, unusual finds (like a lo-fi, live recording of Bjork doing Petula Clark’s Downtown with the Brodsky Quartet). And to make things all the better, the whole deal is beautifully packaged in one of our Standard cases, with a 15 page booklet filled with liner notes and images of truly horrible album covers. Here’s from Henry about the whole project:

“I’m a 46 year old camera operator living in Los Angeles who spends all his free time working on projects like Hippopotty Records Music Club (HRMC), or photography, my website, my blogs, my friends blogs, my next HRMC (even though it is a year away), oh and much much more. Too bad I do not have much free time.

“So, a few years ago I came across an article in Wired magazine about music sharing groups that were sprouting up all over in business settings. Co-workers making compilations for other co-workers and experiencing great bliss in this form of music sharing. I thought, “That is a cool idea, I want that as well”. And thus, Hippopotty Records Music Club was born.

“A cast of thirteen folks from around North America each have a calendar month where they need to make and distribute a compilation of there choice. That is pretty much it.

“At issue number 38, or so, and many gigs of solid music, HRMC rocks on! After a couple of years of circulation it has proved to be very successful and now there seems to be a waiting list to get involved. In a perfect world I would like to see satellite Potty groups gush forth and start a mini-ring of over-lapping music-loving fools all getting great ideas on new music to listen to from veritable strangers.”

Let’s hope there are bands out there working on clever covers about songs already written concerning the lives of those in Brooklyn, Baton Rouge, Bothell, Malibu, Santa Monica, Boulogne Billancourt, Los Altos, Straffan, New York, Derby, Phoenix, Carlsbad, Los Angeles, Venice, Evanston, Novi, Bellingham, Avon, Chicago, Charlotte, Stevenson Ranch, Wickliffe, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Nashua, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Detroit.

Ice Cold

We hear from Jewelboxing users all the time who are packaging their albums, mix discs and demo reels, and we love it because those are the kinds of things we designed the system for. But we also really dig getting letters in from people like Pete Freitag of Foundeo, a company dedicated to creating software for web development, because it proves that there’s this whole other world of different outlets for using the cases beyond music, photos, and films. Here’s from Pete:

“Foundeo’s fusionKit is a CD packed full of software for ColdFusion web developers (ColdFusion is a programming language for building web applications made by Adobe). It features several components handy for building Web 2.0 applications with ColdFusion.”

“We choose Jewelboxing because we wanted to create an attractive product, easily. We were intrigued by the Photoshop templates, and they really made it easy to get the job done. It took just a few hours to get the first prototype printed. The jewel cases alone help make the product attractive, and unique. Overall I think going with Jewelboxing was a big win for our brand.”

We hope the wins are coming in equally as big for the brands, businesses, individuals, or otherwise, in Washington DC, Grand Rapids, La Jolla, Aurora, Corte Madera, Cambria Heights, San Francisco, San Diego, Columbia, Ballwin, Salinas, Plano, New York, Newton, and Austin.

The Shiny Sheen of Chroma

Here at the studio, we’re all a bunch of audiophiles. Rabid record collectors, the lot of us, we also revel in anything new we find in used shops or in travels on the web, from strange sound collages to found audio to outtakes from classic albums. So when we got an e-mail from Danny Adler telling us about his latest project, an inventive album-slash-interactive-project called Chroma, we were all over it. And all the more exciting that he decided to package the whole thing using Jewelboxing. Here’s the story from Danny:

“Chroma, the album, was my thesis project for my Digital Media Design undergraduate degree. In addition to the music and packaging design, the disc contains an interactive Flash application called “Coactive” that will launch upon inserting the disc into a CD-ROM drive. In the game, the user is able to arrange and construct pieces from a song of mine as they wish within an animated and appealing interface. The music is various types of electronic music. I go from badass beats to epic melodic trance to ambient soundscapes to orchestral and back throughout the course of the album. After a few tweaks and edits, I’ve begun selling the album in the Jewelboxing casing, and my listeners love the packaging (and the music too, I think!)”

“My evaluating professors were extremely impressed with all of it, including the super-cool case! It was really great being able to print up 3 great-looking copies at 5 am the day the project was due! I managed to get a panoramic drawing across the front and back covers so when you open it up and look at the outside, you see the whole drawing. You’ll see it in the second image I am attaching. I didn’t use the included disc labels — instead I went for printable silver CDRs and used my inkjet to print right on the discs. Inkjet ink isn’t terribly permanent on that surface (just a little moisture will rub it right off), so I sprayed each disc with clear adhesive. This came with the bonus effect of making the discs super shiny. They look awesome.”

Danny was gracious enough to offer up the following sample tracks from the album:
Haven
Lofi Attitude
Me Semper Maneas (featuring vocals by Aurora)

Here’s to hoping the projects are as inventive and as super shiny in Calgary, Santa Monica, Covington, Seattle, Montreal, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Studio City, Phoenix, Watertown, Newark, Market Rasen, Mount Juliet, Bend, Edmond, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Austin, New York, Attleboro, Cadillac, Bell, Horsham, Greenwood, Hollywood, and Toronto.

Make Sure to Stretch Before Listening

You might remember from a few months back when we highlighted “A Cup of Coffee,” a terrific album sent our way by DJ Shagz. A fantastic mix of dub and R&B;, packaged in a beautifully designed Jewelboxing Standard case. Because we enjoyed it so much, we were understandably excited when we got this message in today:

“Just thought I’d let you know about my latest DJ mix to use your Jewelboxing system. I was commissioned by a friend of mine to put together a mix for a summer party he was throwing a couple months ago. He just wanted something that he could hand out to people and send them away with, something personal and specialized to remember the (presumably) great time they had. Fortunately everybody *did* have a good time 🙂

Having seen your system being used for my ‘Cup of Coffee’ mix, my friend wanted the same high quality cases and printing job for his CD. I put together a mix of funky summertime hip hop and funk, part music I was digging at the time and part tunes that I thought represented my friend’s personality. I designed the cover and tray with the help of a photographer friend, Abe Roberto, and now I’m busy printing, folding and snapping the cds together.

So far the CDs have been a hit, in no small way thanks to your product.”

There have been hits abound in New York, Lake Oswego, Kings Park, Blue Bell, Mountain View, Portlant, Steinbach, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Aurora, Seattle, Pasadena, Orem, Bothell, Hereford, Kendal, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Calabasas, Pontefract, London, Lansdowne, Flushing, Bradford, Madison, Yarm, Riverview, and Atlanta.

Very Bright. Heavily Wooded.

The polar opposite of our last post, Luke Morris’ debut album, “Paper Street,” sounds like an experimental record from another planet. Gorgeous textures built from completely alien sounds line the sample track, “Evil Winds”, available on Luke’s site. And we’re figuring there’s a lot more sonic brilliance where that came from, based on his description:

“Paper Street is my debut album, which is under the anonymity of my alias ‘the Brilliant Forest’. People have described the music as “Xiu Xiu’s little brother,” “sounding like the more experimental side of the Microphones,” and “not like anything else (no, that wasn’t an insult).” I decided to use Jewelboxing because it looked amazing, and the lovely humor of the staff (as apparent on the website; that alone sold me). I haven’t been dissapointed. People tell me all the time that my CDs look amazing.”

Go pick yourself up a copy. And while you’re at it, pick up a few extras for the fine people in New York, Fresno, Foster City, Gilroy, Culver City, Metairie, Edison, Leeds, Coral Gables, Cambridge, Beverly Hills, Arlington Heights, Culver City, Flagstaff, Little Rock, Armadale, Grass Valley, Portland, Chicago, Santa Barbara, and Marietta.

We’re Fond of Helicopters

Usually, in a band’s biography, you’re given a list of what other groups they sound like. The description of Chicago’s helicoptersreads: “too rock to be The Postal Service, too pop to be Beck, too modern to be 80’s, too happy to be Radiohead.” And they couldn’t be more right. Helicopters have created a sound that’s uniquely their own and it’s utterly terrific. Since member Jason Caldeira contacted us, we’ve all become big fans of their work. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they appealed to our design side by packaging their new album, How to Fake Fall Asleep, with Jewelboxing. Here’s what Jason had to say:

“In April, we released our debut album. It was two years in the making, so needless to say we were more than thrilled that our hard work had finally paid off. To celebrate, we held a cd listening party at Bella Lounge in Chicago; an atypical venue for a local band’s cd release. So of course, we couldn’t just release a typical cd. Instead, we used the Jewelboxing system to create 100 limited-edition cases featuring the work of local photographer Mark Battrell. The cds sold out almost immediately. This inspired us to release multiple limited-edition batches of the cd, all featuring the works of Chicago-area artists and photographers… and we have Jewelboxing to thank.”

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the album. You won’t be sorry. And then, make sure you check out the work of the fine folks in Needham, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Oakland, Chino, Coimbra, Weston, Fairfax, Reno, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Waltham, San Diego, New York, Arlington, Gatineau, Chicago, San Jose, Auckland, Lake Owego, Minneapolis, Manitou Springs, and Mountain Home.

A Favorite of the Chimps

Out of the blue one day, we received an e-mail from composer Benjamin Dauer, who performs under the name, Chimp Logic, wrote, “Hey, I’m just finishing up my promo CD and am using Jewelboxing. I’d love to send you guys a copy!” Never ones to pass up anything free, especially if it’s packaging would clearly be beautiful, we told him to send it along. A few days later, we were listening to Benjamin’s terrific new album, “{ movement 1 }” and oogling the super cool, ultra sleek layout. We also enjoyed a letter he included:

“In anticipation of creating this solo album, and after having searched for years for the perfect packaging solution, I found your company. Upon reading about your products, I immediately placed my first order and got busy polishing my inserts and labels. I wanted to ensure that when I submitted my album for review at the hands of directors, choreographers, and talent scouts, that mine would stand out from the rest. This is by far the most comprehensive and classy packaging solution in existence.”

Reading that while listening to Benjamin’s great music made us, well, about the happiest packaging solution company in existence. That and our new pals in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Clovis, Markham, Overath, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Winslow, Boston, Brooklyn, Rex, Orlando, Marshfield, Outremont, Venice, Jersey City, Toronto, and Portland.

A Wedding, Dig?

Peter Fishman and his fiance, Dara Mochson, decided against sending out the typical, frilly white wedding invitations. Instead, they came up with the brilliant idea of sending out an invitation-slash-jazz-compilation-album to all their guests. After picking out a mix of classics, with appearances by everyone from Nina Simone to Stan Getz, they called up their friend, and great designer, Jay Wright, and asked him to put together something that would give the invitation a really appealing, unique look. Modeling it after the famous covers from the Blue Note label, Jay delivered an eye-catching, extremely clever package, made all the more snazzy because it was put together using Jewelboxing cases.

Peter told us, “We are thrilled with the result, and have gotten about a million compliments from our invitees. We couldn’t be happier we used the Jewelboxing products instead of traditional stationary.” Jay wrote in about the construction and design side of things, saying, “Your jewelboxing process was insanely easy – from the templates to the pre-cut paper, we encountered no problems whatsoever. With the design work and final printing/compiling on two sides of the country, I was grateful things went so smoothly.”

We’ve picked out a ring and would gladly propose to those in New York, Taylors, Los Angeles, Jesup, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Harrisburg, Westfield, Sioux Falls, Portsmouth, Claremont, West Linn, Madison, Brookyln, Santa Monica, High Point, Van Nuys, Carrollton, Chicago, Chesterfield, Dublin, Goodlettsville, Fairview, San Diego, Portland, Miami, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Sebring, Alexandria, Deerfield Beach, and Fairfield West.

Uniformly Unique

How often do you get a gift from someone and say, “Hey, I really liked the packaging”? Unless you’re getting pizzas delivered by a company that uses diamond-encrusted boxes, probably not often. That wasn’t the case with Holly Allen who wrote in to tell us about a project she recently put together:

“I used the Jewelboxing system to make about 30 copies of a mix CD for friends this holiday season. The title of the disc is ‘Admit One,’ the theme being ‘Music I Heard Live in 2004.’ I went with ticket/wristband/setlist images to pull it all together. Some time in Photoshop and some time at Kinko’s and a few hours later, I got this. The reaction was uniformly positive, with many people noting the quality of the cases.” Continue reading

How Many Relatives Do You Really Like? Part Two

Yesterday we asked for some opinions about a new system we’ll be offering and we received a ton of responses, none were better than this one from Russell.

Hmmmm. I like a lot of the dead ones and I’d probably press some flowers in the jewel boxes and leave them at their graves, but I am a bastard and never visit the cemeteries. Christ, I couldn’t even find them without calling my dad for directions and that would be pretty tacky. I like 5 or 6 of the live ones. However some still can’t understand the concept of the ‘dimmer switch’, so they aren’t getting any ultra-modern new fangled doohickeys that might scare their cats. I’d say 2 might benefit from a jewel boxed photo album. Yes, 2. And I have about 30 relatives that are not that far removed. I just don’t dig them.

We like a surprisingly large percentage of the folks in Indianapolis, Leonia, Mountain View, Altadena, DC, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Ocean, Atlanta, Edmonton, Nashville, Miami, LA and Vancouver.

Three Apples A Day

Alex of o2 Creative Solutions writes, “We are in the process of developing packaging for a six disk set with a short booklet. I was wondering if you offered any multiple disks solutions?”

This issue has come up a few times and while we don’t offer a single package that can handle that many discs we do have a couple ideas. First off, our King cases handle two discs beautifully. More than two discs involved? Coincidentally we’re dealing with a similar assignment on a client project that we can’t talk about. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s say that a band named ‘Eve’ has asked us to design a package for a three CD album. One solution might be to use a single image spread across the spines of all three cases. When they’re stacked or shelved next to each other, they display a nice unified look from the side. The next step would be to spec out a custom, cardboard sleeve to hold all three cases (basically a folded rectangle glued to itself) and then repeat that same image on the side panel of that. Voila. If you need the specific dimensions for the sleeve, or have another solution you’d like to share, just drop us a line.

Our gratitude never ends and neither does our feeble attempt to get caught up on these. Here’s to all our pals in San Francisco, NYC, Gilbert, Lake Oswego, Washington, Scottsdale, Seattle, Canton, Fernandina Beach, Keller, Edmonton, Philadelphia, San Angelo, Rochester, West Hollywood, Malibu, Mount Laurel and Port Royal.

Enter and Enter and Enter to Win

Worth 1000 Jewelboxing Photoshop Contest. “Your task is to think up a fake music album or movie and create a cover for it.”

Don’t break the chain. the ever-popular Trivia Chain is rolling along at Ad-Land. Answer a question about advertising with a question about advertising and win.

$2500 and More is taking submissions at Threadless. The Jewelboxing part of the prize package pales in comparison to the loot but anyway..

Ryan Schroeder won a Jewelboxing 20pack from Daring Fireball’s membership drive. The Big Smoker’s In12 contestwinner will to be announced soon.

You can still enter the Challenge at Photoforums to win a Jewelboxing system and will soon be able to enter a very funny contest at Slatch. Plus we have a huge contest idea for later in the summer with a really sweet prize but we don’t have it all figured out yet so we wan’t say anything more about it. Yet.

To everyone in River Falls, Metairie, Lilburn, Lund, Westfield, NYC, Pittsburgh, LA, Portland, Gatwick, Groningen, Mt. Laurel, Wagga Wagga, Halifax, Portland, Staten Island and Chicago, you’re all winners in our book.