Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jini's Pick of the Week - Album artwork

Recently, I've come across a few stories about album artwork so I thought I'd combine them in a bumper pick of the week.

First up, is a new innovation in digital album art with the introduction of animated album cover art. These are being designed with the thoughts that mp3 players will soon be able to display the new format. London-based consultancy Zip Design have been on this for quite a while and late last year they designed the animated cover art for McFly's album "Radioactive" which originally went on social networking sites as a moving avatar. Let's hope that mp3 manufacturers (*cough* Apple) will come out with this capability later this year.

Next up, is a great blog dedicated to music album cover art. Sleevage aims to be "the world’s best resource for great music artwork" and try to investigate how an album cover concept came about. For instance, the post for one of the most enduring album covers of all time for Nirvana's Nevermind, talks about how originally Cobain wanted artwork featuring himself on the cover but eventually put forward his own ideas that led to the baby in the swimming pool. The baby, Spencer Elden, recently re-created the photo in the same place, Rose Bowl aquatic centre in Pasadena, CA. One of the comments on the blog post made me laugh though, "Apparently Cobain refused censorship of the image (rightly so) and his only compromise was a sticker on the baby’s appendage that read, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”"

Finally, the most amusing of this special post, is the album covers re-created entirely in Lego, featured on this Flikr page. No explanation required, but see if you can figure out some of these lego masterpieces below:


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