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Secret 7″. Still not good enough…

Sadly my three submissions for this years competition have been rejected once again, which apart from being disappointing, is a bit of a shame as I’d tried to assess why last years efforts didn’t make it and do something more in keeping with those that got chosen, i.e. less photos, more colours, less realism, more graphics…

Maybe I shouldn’t feel too bad. There were over 4500 entries for the 700 sleeves available, which if you’re new to the excellent Secret 7″ project, equates to 100 separate, individual designs for each of their seven chosen songs. I also imagine that another 100 or so sleeves will be allocated to guests and invited artists submissions (which is totally fair enough btw) so the actual sleeves available for the rest of us is probably nearer 600.

Still as with last years, I really enjoyed making them, so I’ll probably give it another whirl next year… It’ll be interesting to see the exhibition at Somerset House in a couple of weeks time, see what I can learn this time around.. (which is probably that I will always be a year behind in terms of style…)

My submissions were a suitably psychedelic sleeve for Let Forever Be, by The Chemical Brothers: JA_Chemical Brothers_smlThe imprints of hammer blows for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer:

JA_Peter Gabriel_smlAnd the silhouette of a greyhound for Underworld’s Born Slippy…


  1. March 29, 2015 at 20:52

    Like all three, the middle one though has serious commercial appeal!

    Have you any alternative plans for its use or do you just archive them?

    Cheers 🙂

    • March 29, 2015 at 21:38

      Cheers Steve, nice of you to say so.
      I just put them in a folder on the desk top called Secret 7″… along with all the other folders full of stuff I’ve worked up over the years.
      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

  2. March 29, 2015 at 23:07

    Chemical Bros is so right. Can’t believe you didn’t win.

    • March 31, 2015 at 08:50

      Thanks Bridget,
      nice of you to say so. I’ll definitely try again next year and hope for third time lucky

  3. March 30, 2015 at 22:22

    Well I like ’em!

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