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Also known as blaze orange, vivid orange, or Dayglo orange, safety orange is used to set objects apart from their surroundings. Mission accomplished.  

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Client

Fire Records


Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

3 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)


Page Count


Paper Stock


Number of Colors

Booklet: 1
Sleeve: 1

Varnishes

Matte UV throughout
Spot Gloss UV on inner wallet


Binding

Booklet: Saddle-stitched


Typography

Custom
Trade Gothic Condensed Bold 20

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Project Description

Talking with the band about the creation of this record, one of the real focuses was to challenge themselves and kind of tear up the Mission of Burma blueprint. They traded instruments, tried new ways of playing and recording and generally roughed up their mode of working as best they could. The funny result is that it is an undeniably true Mission of Burma record in the end. They are that pure as creatives. I started out with an idea involving spray paint, but moved on to a target/speaker graphic (while retaining the desire for some day glo orange color.) Then tore it up in the same mode of thinking. I did the same with photos of the band playing live and the type I had laid out for the back panel. I then started to do photographic experiments with the re-assembled images hastily taped back together.

Sharing the results with the band, they stated a desire to somehow show the open holes in the imagery. This led us to move towards using the type on the cover to fulfill that role. Once we started playing with the idea of showing the eye-burning fluorescent orange via the booklet inside, there was no turning back.

Production Lesson(s)

I am usually inspired by the music itself when working on packaging, but in this case it was a combination of the songs and the way that they were created. I deconstructed my design and put it back together based on the band's stories about their own process. This also led to new challenges for my typographic and photographic skills. On the production end, once we knew we wanted a die-cut, that changed everything. We didn't want to compromise to achieve it, so it had to be a very expensive laser die. In music packaging, adding even a penny per unit has to be closely watched. But Fire is also dedicated to providing a premium experience for the buyer. The packaging for the label is one of the factors that truly sets it apart. We had to find a way to make it work. So I designed a powerful sleeve that could be printed using only black ink, and we kept the booklet to one color as well, using a spot fluorescent orange to great effect.

There is also a great deal of planning that goes into a die on a multi -fold heavy stock piece like this. You can create creases and unforeseen problems if you don't know what you are doing. I wouldn't have risked something so intricate without prior experience.”

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Kelly Cree

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

August 16, 2012

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CD Packaging
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