Album artwork of the week: Cage the Elephant's Melophobia
youtube: dzR2VKULUOc The music business may be mainly about downloads these days, but a decent album cover design remains vital to the success of a new release, and a recent revival in vinyl has guaranteed a future for the discipline.
The Origin of Joy Division's Most Famous Album Cover, Finally Revealed
The cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures is famously graced with the radio pulses of a dying star. Its origins, however, have always been unclear. But now, Scientific American's Jen Christiansen has followed the rabbit hole to the very end—to an obscure 1970 PhD astronomy thesis and the guy who wrote it.
The Magic Whip is the first Blur album since 2003’s Think Tank, the first with guitarist Graham Coxon onboard since 1999’s 13 (Coxon was booted from the Think Tank sessions a week in and summarily quit), and the first with producer Stephen Street since 1997’s Blur. Like Albarn's recent solo work, it explores the distant traveler’s conflicting sense of wonder and alienation.
Before 1938, all albums came packaged in plain brown wrappers. That is until graphic designer Alex Steinweiss had the idea to put something enticing on the cover to attract buyers. Steinweiss’ use of vivid colours and bold typography became synonymous with the golden era of jazz and pop music in the '30s and '40s, and he pioneered a whole new album art form that would continue to grow throughout the ages.
Leif is an artist and Creative Director. His work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience. By utilizing these subjects he attempts to coerce the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings.
Inspiration Showcase of Double Exposure Photography
Double exposure photography is the name of the original process where two photographs are exposed onto the same piece of film, resulting in interesting and surreal pictures. While this style is rooted in analog photography, it’s also popular with digital photographers and artists/designers who can replicate the effect in Photoshop, as I recently described in …