My poster for the design contest.
In the project brief Owl City describes "a safe place in my head that I can retreat to when things get crazy." I started from there and the most immediate image that came to mind was a secluded place in the woods, far away from everything hectic and time-sensitive. Two other places where I feel most at peace are on the water or in the sky, so I combined these as a lake's reflection.
I chose exclusively cool colors (save for the sun, which is a cooled-down yellow) because they evoke a sense of calm.
The design is meant to still be effective if turned over. There is a second reversed version in which the text is properly reversed along with the imagery.