Okay so you’ve completed your mixtape and now you’re onto hiring someone to create a mixtape cover for you. You’ve tried to design a cover yourself using Adobe or some free design software, but it’s not coming out the way you want it to. You’ve also searched Google all day and have found some decent graphic designers that specialize in creating mixtape covers, but you don’t know if they’re legit or not.
I went through the same thing many years ago when I was putting together my first mixtape compilation. This compilation had me and a few others on it, and it was strictly for hardcore hip hop heads. We completed the mixtape and was in the mixing and mastering phase, so we decided that it was the best time to look for a graphic designer and have him/her start the art cover work, so by the time we finish the mixing phase the cover would be ready.
We had a hard time finding a graphic designer that met our criteria, but after hours of searching and reaching out to our music contacts we built a list of graphic designers that specialize in creating mixtape and album covers, as well as banners, flyers, business cards, and cd duplication. Before you hire a graphic designer to create your mixtape cover for you, there are three things you need to keep in mind.
Does The Designer Have Experience?
This one should be obvious, but a lot of artists settle on mediocre work. I have seen some horrible art covers and it’s due to artist hiring an inexperienced designer just because he/she will charge less than a professional designer. This can be a big mistake because a lot of people pass on buying or downloading a mixtape for free because the art work was horrible.
A mixtape sleeve has to captivate a person enough for them to want to hear what’s inside. Good artwork shows that you spent money on a professional to make your mixtape’s appearance look good. And that goes a long way. So make sure you get top quality art done for your mixtape or album.
Does The Designer Have Credibility?
It’s very important to find and hire a graphic designer that has credibility. If not you take the risk of hiring a con artist that will take your money and will not produce you with the artwork for your album or mixtape. I do like to give up and coming graphic designers a chance to produce artwork for our music projects, but only after they have done a few projects first and gained some sort of credibility. This is just a precautionary measure to make sure you don’t get swindled out of your hard earned cash, by someone who claims to be legit but is not.
Does The Designer Have References?
This ties into the last point I made about credibility. References prove that the graphic designer is legit and is able to do the work based on his past projects. If you get references it would be wise to follow up on them, don’t only base your decision to hire the designer based on testimonials. You should always follow up on a reference given. If it’s a big name graphic designer that has done many mixtape cover artwork for well known artists then that’s all the proof you need to know if he/she is legit or not.
But if you’re looking at a designer that does good work but you’re still not sure if he/she is legit, ask for references. Follow up with that reference via email, phone or email whatever contact is available, and ask about the work the designer had done for the artist. It may seem like much but I’ve seen hard working indie artist loose $50-$200 to a person claiming they do good mixtape cover artwork. Just to find out the artwork on the designer’s website is actually someone else’s work, and is a front for his con operation. You may think it won’t happen to you, but chances are if you continue to think that it won’t, it eventually will.
List of Graphic Designers For Mixtape Covers
Remember I’m simply providing you with a list, but you must do your own due diligence before making a decision.