Are you a designer that can make a stunning interior design for a songbook?
Then this job might be for you.
THIS CONTEST IS FOR 4 PAGES ONLY,
The rest of the pages will come for the finalist in a 1-on-1 project, guaranteed.
Some info about the book:
The size of the songbook is open, but it should be a size that is easily printable in the US, printed ideally in Kettle stitch book binding or any other way that allows the book to lay open easily by itself.
My ideal size would be 5 1/2 Inch - 8 Inch (or in that range), as that is easy to carry and to put in a backpack/Guitar case. But I am open to other suggestions.
This contest is there to make an interior design for my songbook.
The songbook has several chapters:
- English Songs
- Songs in a different language
- Santo Daime Songs
- Yawawaná Songs
- Yawanawá with Guitar
In each chapter, there will be a bunch of songs, and most of the songs will contain the lyrics of the songs plus the chords. The book will be used in sacred ceremonies, gatherings, and circles. So it has to be really practical to sing and play from it. Even when used with only a candle standing next to the book in a dark room.
In those "chapters" the songs are listed in alphabetical order.
I will organize the google docs with all the lyrics and chords in that way, so it will be easy for you to find them in the right order.
Each song has a different length, and it is essential that the whole song fits in such a way that we can sing the song without turning a page. So that will take some puzzling and moving around. The empty spaces can be filled with beautiful graphics and/or pictures that fit the songs from those pages. These can be stock photos, handpainted graphics (stock), or if you are really creative you have the freedom to design all that you need. These would be best when they are in tune with the song on that page (When it is a song about Yemanjah, then a graphic about/with Yemanjah)
In this round of the competition I am looking for the following:
- Design a page that marks a new chapter (for example Mantras)
That page should look stunning, and should clearly mark a new chapter, and should be designed in the theme of that chapter.
Ideally, each chapter has a different layout, meaning that the songs in that chapter are somewhat differently organized, that the title page of that chapter is differently designed, or with varying designs in those pages. You can be creative here!
- Show at least 2 songs that you design on a page (or 2 pages next to each other for longer songs). In the Mantra section, there are translations to be found as well, which can have a different font/style then the lyrics of the song.
The font for the lyrics should be very clear to read (think singing it with candlelight and size 5 1/2 Inch - 8 Inch )
What is essential is that you write those songs in the right format.
Look at the picture that I uploaded (Example_of_how_chords-lyrics_should_be_written) and see the documents that contain all the songs. There is a difference in writing the chords. I would like all songs to be written in the way of the picture, and not in the way that is on the document.
For that, a basic knowledge of music/chords is beneficial. Please let me know if you don't understand this, and happy to explain further.
It will be your work to bring magic to the songbook.
I want it to be absolutely stunning. So it becomes a joy to use the songbook.
- The songbook will be used mainly in spiritual circles, so good to adapt the design to that, and not to make it like a schoolbook ;)
The design should be beautiful, stunning, warm, inviting. It should be classy and with really high quality.
- Interior design can be in color, but should also work for black and white printing.
The idea is to have two versions of the book: a more expensive hardcover in color, and a less expensive black and white version that is also printed more simply (softcover with a ring band)
Looking first for making the Layout of the songbook in this contest, then with the winning designer I would like to make a 1-on-1 project, where we complete the whole songbook (depending on the way we format it, could be around 150-200 pages)
In the second round, we can go more into details and the next steps.
Very much looking forward to working together on this project!
Let me know if you have any questions OK?
PS uploaded a few example files:
This is the file that shows how the lyrics and chords should be written in the songbook
- Yawanawa Songs - Organised.pdf
These are the Yawanawa songs to be added, this file I will organize a bit more in the next days, so this file is just to give you an idea of how many Yawanawá songs there will be in the book. The songs with the guitar will also be added in the next days. (around 20/30 I guess)
- Songbook songs.pdf
This file contains all the other songs. It is almost ready, just some of the Santo Daime songs need some chords, that will be finished today or tomorrow. This file gives you an idea of how many songs there are, and how they are written in this file. With the understanding that they will be written differently in the songbook (see Example_of_how_chords-lyrics_should_be_written.JPEG)
- Added 3 pictures of another songbook that uses hand-drawn paintings in their book. This is just an example of what's possible; this is NOT how our design have to look like (it can though, but not limited to)
- our website: http://www.sacredjourney.earth so you can see which design we used there.
- I uploaded the design we are going to use for the Front/Back cover of the book. This design was first made for another book, but we will use the graphic design and change the wording. I uploaded this file, so you have an idea of the design/feel of the front/back cover