Contextualisation in Album Artwork Design
When it comes to illustrating their music, many creative musicians make reference to past art movements, world events, iconic designs and photographers within the artwork of their records. It's a great way to nab an iconic image - but more importantly to pay homage to their inspiration, make reference to key issues and express the mood or genre of the music. I first noticed this when spotting a record sleeve design ("Reelin' in the years" by Steely Dan) that combined a defaced photograph by iconic photographer Diane Arbus. You can spot so many with such a vast ocean of music artwork around. Here is a little selection we spotted:
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