Now this... THIS is funny stuff. Earlier this year, I got rather heavily into the various episodes of Celebrity Jeopardy, as seen on Saturday Night Live (you can see them at SNL.jt.org, or get the mp3s via Napster). I decided to burn an audio CD of all 9 episodes, and then... well, then I spent essentially an entire weekend hunched over my iMac, with InDesign firing on all four cylinders, producing, as always, from scratch, the inserts and label you see below.
First of all, every single image you see here is a screen capture by yours truly from the RealVideo files (the quality is obviously not stellar, but it works). In fact, right off the bat, I spent a couple of hours doing roughly 175 screen captures, or about 20/episode. For the background, I used a montage of some of the more famous celebrities. Darrell Hammond as the ubiquitous Sean Connery, Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek, and Norm Macdonald as Burt Reynolds occupy the top three spots, reflecting their importance in the series. The categories and questions seen all come from the episodes. I spent some time trying to match the typeface in which the questions are presented (though, incidentally, the SNL shows vary in their adherence to the actual Jeopardy question typeface). The "Complete Celebrity Jeopardy" logo is a combination of a .gif of the Jeopardy! logo (from www.jeopardy.com), carefully-adjusted type ("The Complete Celebrity"), and InDesign's polygon maker for the star background. Also note the off-white circular gradient in the category headings -- intended to mimic a backlight behind each panel.
Okay, this is where the real work (fun) began:
- background - the background is made up of some of my personal favourite categories, faded so as not to interfere with the foreground info
- episode info - a listing of the celebrities and who they were played by, with an asterisk denoting the guest host. Thumbnail star-frame pictures have a picture of the actor in question, taken from that episode. Original airdate is also noted.
- miscellaneous - fake barcode and "Columbia Tristar" fine print added; SNL Records logo created (from type), 'Daily Doubles' URLs listed, three random amusing pictures added to fill empty space at right.
Finally, a rearranged version of the background montage from the back cover is applied to the CD itself. Once again, the SNL Records logo and Columbia Tristar fine print are used to add realism.