The Art of Cover Art

Rachel Cabitt
Exploring the art history of album covers throughout the decades
Created 09 Apr 2021
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  • The Art of Selling Music
    08 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    In a 2017 article, Forbes stated that the average American comes across a minimum of 4,000 ads a day. Fast forward to 2021, and that statistic has only increased with the rise of social media. Logos, ...
  • The Evolving Art of Collage
    19 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    A few weeks ago while doing laundry in the basement of my building, I couldn’t help but notice a dusty box of records sitting in a neighbor’s open storage unit. Waiting for the dryer to finish, I rifl...
  • Psychedelic Nouveau
    04 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    In 1967, The United States of America was undergoing a series of radical changes. From Martin Luther King Jr. paving a pathway for racial justice, to young Americans protesting the Vietnam war, the mu...
  • Album Covers Created by Musicians Themselves
    22 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    Many musicians aren’t just limited to the scope of their sonic talents. From David Bowie to Patti Smith to Miles Davis, musicians have expressed themselves through a multitude of different arts, from ...
  • Interview: Artist Michael Ryan Brennan on Designing Album Art in the Modern Age
    07 Jul 2021 • 6 min read
    I first came across designer Michael Ryan Brennan through Wisconsin rock four-piece Slow Pulp. He designed the cover of their 2020 debut album Moveys, a graphic piece laden with intricate figures by p...
  • Record Covers Celebrating the First Week of Summer
    24 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    Last week I came across a tiny record shop on the long stretch of Mass Ave. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The shop’s window displayed a collection of 15 records ranging in year and genre. But when taki...
  • Is Spotify Killing the Album Cover?
    09 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    In March of 2021, Spotify announced that it had accumulated a total of 356 million users, officially dubbing it #1 among streaming services. When Spotify was first founded in 2006, iTunes had been aro...
  • The Legacy of Izzy "Mr. Salsa" Sanabria
    26 May 2021 • 1 min read
    Israel “Izzy” Sanabria is a graphic designer who some say single-handedly transformed the visual style of Salsa. Born in 1939 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the Sanabrias moved to New York City, where Izzy...
  • The Portrait as a Tool for Reinvention
    12 May 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    For every ten record covers that you flip through in the bin, eight out of ten most likely are a portrait. Whether it’s a photograph or an illustration, the face has been a popular subject of many a c...
  • An Ode to the Wraparound Album Cover
    28 Apr 2021 • 1 min read
    One of the simplest, and smartest ways to design an album cover, is the full image wraparound. It’s like a mullet, business in the front and party in the back. It can even act as a poster to be hung o...