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I’m trying out a contest on for Guess Who’s a Mess’s album art. If you’re a designer, feel free to have at it. If you’re not, you can still enjoy these goofy photos of me as a kid I included in the design brief:


That was a Michael Jackson Thriller FM transmitter microphone. So you could sing through your stereo. Also an all-black Thriller jacket. The cabbage patch doll was not mine. I had sparkly socks too but I’m not wearing them here.

Atari 2600 and a Texas Instruments 99/4a, my first (borrowed) computer. All I did was type Basic programs into it. I had no cartridges so I’d lose whatever I had typed in when I turned it off.


Math tells me I’m eight years old here. Update:┬áken and my mom disagree. I was seven and the eighth candle was “one to grow on”. Embarrassing.


Sulking at my sister’s birthday party (reason: too much attention for her, not enough attention for me.)


A few years later. Lanpar IBM PC, my first official computer. It had a 20 meg hard drive and ran at 4mhz. Later I found out it had a “turbo” mode which doubled the speed to 8mhz.

Also visible: terrible, boxy first mouse, Gravis Joystick, collection of Sierra games and my entire California Raisins collection.

Update: Contest’s over. Unfortunately it was not a success. There were lots of entries but nothing I could actually see using so I’m still on the hunt. Thanks to everyone who entered, sorry I’m so picky.


Posted on - March 27, 2012 [at] 3:13 pm by Brad
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11 Comments on this post

ken on Album design contest
March 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I think you are 7 in that picture. Usually you add one candle for “good luck.”

Gary on Album design contest
March 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Totally awesome Expos pennant on the wall. Do you still have it?

Brad on Album design contest
March 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

ken: I just asked my mom and you are correct.

gary: I think it’s in my dad’s basement.

shallker on Album design contest
March 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

I like the one you’re sulking on a sofa, usually that’s my behavior.

Jamais Vu on Album design contest
April 1, 2012 at 3:31 am

Yeah I missed the fun again///too late to submit. Well here’s my design anyhow:

music on Album design contest
May 25, 2012 at 4:51 am

I like the picture with cake and computer one

Vincent on Album design contest
June 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Aah too bad I missed it :(

matt on Album design contest
June 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

any chance i could get some info on what you want for the design? (if youre still in need) just the brief or whatever, i would LOVE to have a good crack for you!

Kirk Mason on Album design contest
August 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

Too bad I missed your contest, I think a great design would have been “Learn to Troll ”
With you at your computer..LOL !!. and below Brad Sucks . Great Music.. The two songs I have heard.

Nate on Album design contest
September 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

1st, I had the same ET shirt, except mine was yellow. 2nd, Space Quest? Kings Quest? And is that Police Quest on the edge of the picture? So awesome.

Brad on Album design contest
September 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

Nate: Space Quest 3, King’s Quest 2 & 3 and Police Quest 2, I think.

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