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Worst CD art of 2012
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mudcub
How can a designer put this out? I realize CDs don't have the real estate of an LP anymore... but these examples are just huge wastes of space.
















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I don't know, I thought some of these weren't bad -- the first is pretty, and the flaming lips and leonard cohen ones are retro/homage. Certainly better than one of the ones you thought was "best".

It's just a matter of taste.

I kind of dug the Springsteen and Cohen. Springsteen's album is as bleak and datk as the cover suggests, while Cohen seems to be luxuriating in his status as the grand old man of music. To each his own I guess.

PS

Over on Progressiveears, this album cover is currently the laughingstock of 2012:

Glass Hammer - Perilous

“Honourable” mention:

Nexus - Aire

RiverSea - Out of an Ancient World

Kuusumun Profeetta - Huutoja hiljaisesta huoneesta

Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion - Powerplay

Centric Jones - The Antikythera Method

The unfortunate name isn’t helping their case any:

Tompox - Hungarian Eclectic / Magyar Eklektika

*sigh* Some people’s right to Photoshop seriously needs to be revoked (As you can guess, I’m really getting sick of covers that look like this. On the plus side, it’s something of a relief to see something that shouts out “shitty prog metal” at a glance. Think of the minutes I could have wasted listening to these obvious DT wannabees!):

The Reasoning - Adventures in Neverland

Southern Cross - From Tragedy

Gatling - Beforemath

Can’t decide if they’re going for a Tolkien fantasy homage or an R. Crumb sort of thing?:

Pigeon Toe - The First Perception

Lana Lane albums are like shooting fish in a barrel, but Worst of the Year lists wouldn’t be complete without one:

Lana Lane - El Dorado Hotel

My vote for worst cover of the year. I don’t think it can be topped:

Red Sand - Behind the Mask

i get what you mean..
i long for the days of good album covers. every picture told a story..

I sometimes wonder what the justification is for some of the album art I see, and I don't even mean the newer albums either, but some of the older ones that have been around for a long time, does the image convey anything about the album?

That is what I try to do with my cover art, or at the very least it's very stylish and, well, graphicy in its design.

At least I try to put some thought into what I build for my CD projects.

I got the Springsteen and the Leonard Cohen on vinyl. The Dylan was a waste of plastic. Didn't anyone tell you that CD's are totally 20th century? Get hep, honeybuns.

Totally saving this to share with my 2D design students.
great dialogue.
T

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