The title of this product is WORLD IMPACT: Global Percussion
You can get a good idea of what we're looking for if you take a look at other covers in our series and of other products like ours. You don't have to emulate them, but they'll give you an idea of what this design will be sitting next to on a store shelf:
Also, look around http://www.vir2.com to get an idea of the general graphic style.
We do not have a particular color scheme or look in mind. In fact, we like that each product in our line contrasts with each other.
Things we'll be looking for in the design are: some representation of world or ethnic percussion. This may require the use of stock photography; if you choose to use stock photography, use the preview image from the stock photography site to do the mockup (the watermark is OK for now -- we'll overlook it), and if your design gets chosen, we will pay for the stock photo to be purchased at full-res and then have you substitute the real version in the design after the conclusion of this contest.
Titling is really important. The title should be stylistically connected to the rest of the design.
The Vir2 logo should appear in one corner of the design (any corner). You can get a screen-res version here (http://bigfishaudio.com/page_elemen…ir2_sm.jpg) and we will provide a full-res version after the conclusion of the contest.
We are offering $300 for this design. This is understood to include the design itself plus reasonable minor modifications which we may ask for after the conclusion of the contest. The $300 does not include stock photography, which we will purchase separately from your $300 fee. Please be economical in your usage of stock photography; we won't spend several hundred dollars just to acquire a photo.
The design can be created using any graphics program(s) you like, but we would like final delivery in PSD or PNG format, layered, at 300dpi. Dimensions are 7 in wide x 11.5 in tall. (Mockups and interim versions, especially using lower-res stock photography previews, can be smaller and at screen resolution, but keep the same proportion.) Again, don't worry about any watermarks (if any appear in stock photography you use). We will overlook them.
The final design will be printed on a box cover as well as a DVD cover (which is a similar proportion), and elements of the design will be used elsewhere in the product and in marketing materials.
UPDATE (July 28): With the contest two days from finishing, we're finding that most designs aren't really hitting the nail on the head for us (although there are a couple that are close). So to help you, here's a few additional details: designs like #32 and #39 are coming closest -- designs that combine the earthy natural stuff with something more modern (especially #39 -- the transparency). We are not suggesting that other designers copy these designs, only that these are the direction we'd like to move in. Simplicity is important, but so is the expensive nature of the product (which will sell for a couple hundred dollars).