CD COVER DESIGN TIPS- The individual parts of a compact disc provide unique graphic design challenges and opportunities for desktop publishers and designers. Professional CD design requires much more than managing images, text and colors with computer programs. Even the most carefully chosen design won't communicate effectively if visually lost over the different areas of a printed surface. The characteristics of the item you are designing for, play a critical role in the overall design process. The compact disc is no exception. Knowing its anatomy helps make better design decisions, and better designers.