Graphic designer Alex Griendling has the right idea. A way to keep one’s creative juices flowing and producing awesome work with interesting design exercise.
It really is quite genius. His rules for coming up with the following pieces (below):
He says “I do these as experiments, and use the below formula. It doesn’t matter if the finished design is any good or not, only that I’m challenging myself to think on the fly, and develop an interesting solution to the problem presented.” Here are the rules:
1 – Go to “wikipedia.” Hit “random”
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 – Go to “Random quotations”
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 – Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 – Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.
Here is what he has come up with…