- Record Covers - Summer Project
- As a summer project to keep the creative juices flowing, I decided to create a series of CD artwork. I initially wanted to do album covers, but there were a number of songs that I wanted to do artwork for aswell so the project became Record Covers. The project was also an opportunity to do something that could be returned to and continued if I ever wanted to carry on.
Music has been a passion of mine for a long time, a little known fact about me is that I'm a grade 4 piano player, so creating artwork for music has been something I've wanted to do ever since I became a designer. I listen to a lot of different music, from rock to dubstep, and this allowed me to be versatile in my design.
- The first cover I did was for Night - Benga and Coki. I chose it because it was one of the records that really cast the dubstep genre into the limelight and was crucial to the popularisation of the genre. The basic sound of the track made the black and white colour choice an easy one to make. The flowing lines that ebb and flow until they eventually fade away come from the similar sound that the track makes.
- The second cover I did was for SBTRKT's self titled debut album. The album had just been released when I decided to redesign it and I was listening to it a lot at the time. The original album cover uses blue and yellow and I thought that those colours were appropriate, not to vibrant and balance themselves out well. I made the typography myself in illustrator to five it a typical electronic feel. The two main shapes were intersected and then blurred to show how the two elements can be combined to give a juxtaposition which there always is in dubstep.
- The third record cover i did was for Muse's Starlight, one of my favourite songs so i really waned to do it justice. My concept was quite simple but effective - spell out starlight in the stars. When designing this I had to make sure that the Muse logo had enough room because its a very strong logo and can hold a page on its own. My second consideration was to how much ambient light there was in the night sky, which might be too little or too much depending on your computer screen.
- My fourth cover was for System of a Down's BYOB (Bring Your Own Bomb). For this I really wanted to do something a little unexpected and very different for this genre of music. To do that I took a 'James Joyce-esque' illustrative approach and depicted the 'O' as a bomb to subtly suggest an answer to the abbreviation.
- For my fifth record cover I decided to do Stars of CCTV by Hard-Fi. About a year ago I did this little cctv camera illustration with an eye on it and it was accompanied with the text "We're watching you". One day I found it and immediately thought it was perfect for this album cover, it was a moment of luck and epiphany. I then formed the rest of the cover around that illustration, the eye isn't immediately noticeable so its in there as a bit of an easter egg.
- For my sixth and final record cover I went for Weezer's Pink Triangle. Rather than writing the title of the track, I decided to make it very obvious and in your face with just the word 'Weezer' being written. I wanted to make a bold visual statement and with the title so easy to depict it was hard to resist.