Posting a bit off topic from my project concentration this week, but this side topic is something that I feel could spark some valid conversation. One of my main sources of inspiration for graphic design comes from some of the record sleeves form my personal collection. Something that interests me greatly is the process of designing album art for music artists. The images that I have included are all from bands from the late 70’s but I feel that these images are great examples of collage work and after listening to the songs I think that the album art collaborates wonderfully with the sound of the music.
A friend of mine re-issues 7” tracks as a hobby and is considering re-issuing “The Last Words” record, which includes 2 singles that were issued only once in Australia, making this particular copy a rare commodity. I was asked to help with the process of designing the cover and I am looking forward to do so. It was communicated with me that many times when a record label is looking for an artist to produce album art, it is difficult to find somebody who can successfully create a design that correlates well with the music. I personally love when the images in the album art seem to flow well with the type of music. Being able to see and physically hold the record sleeve or disc insert and examine it really a huge part of discovering new music and I think an important process of getting familiar with a new music artist.
Perhaps this is one of the reasons that vinyl seems to be making a comeback currently, but overall, I don’t mind paying for my music so I can own the physical album art : )
Does anybody have a favorite artist or just a band that they feel has exquisite album cover?