Often when people think of great album covers, they often look to the past. Though Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others had some great cover artwork, there are many contemporary album designs that are just as good.
Album covers are a great source of inspiration for illustration in design. Many modern bands, in an effort to stand out from the pack, have gone above and beyond with their album covers, which will undoubtedly become part of the amazing album design canon.
This is a collection of 20 modern album cover designs that inspired the author, Adam Farwell, as having great artwork, illustration and design sensibilities. Any of them would look perfect on a t-shirt, print or poster and he’d proudly wear or decorate with any of them. They’re presented in no order other than alphabetical.
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Abe Vigoda: Skeleton
Blacklisted: No One Deserves to be Here More than Me
The Coathangers: Scramble
Com Truise: In Decay
Dead to Me: Cuban Ballerina
The Dismemberment Plan: Emergency and I
Electric Six: Flashy
Future Islands: On the Water
Future of the Left: Travels With Myself and Another
Iron Chic: Not Like This
Killing the Dream: Lucky Me
Lightning Bolt: Wonderful Rainbow
Neon Indian: Psychic Chasms
Parts & Labor: Receivers
Rational Anthem: Breadline
Red Fang: Murder the Mountains
Screaming Females: Castle Talk
Sister Kisser: Vipers
Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse
The Howling Wind: Of Babalon
This article is presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA
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