Mar 30 2011

Album Covers with Eye-Catching Typography

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It is hard to imagine the design world without typography since it has undoubtedly influenced the major development and establishment of design trends today. This post includes thirty inspirational examples of famous CD album covers that will surely inspire you with their excellent typography.

It’s interesting to see how different typefaces are used for different music tastes. Of course it’s not only the typography of your favourite CD that can boost your inspiration but also listening to your favourite songs as well. What’s your favourite CD album cover? What makes a CD album cover eye-catching? Share your thoughts with us below!

No Doubt – Rock Steady

TV on the Radio - Dear Science

Portishead – Third

Portishead - Third

The Starting Line – Direction

The Starting Line - Direction

Lee Morgan – The Rumproller

Lee Morgan – The Rumproller

Green Day – American Idiot

Green Day – American Idiot

TV on the Radio – Dear Science

TV on the Radio - Dear Science

Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight

Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight

Tiger Lou – Partial Print

Tiger Lou – Partial Print

A Perfect Circle – Mer de Noms

A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms

Daft Punk – Discovery

Daft Punk - Discovery

Beck – The Information

Beck - The Information

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Low – Drums and Guns

Low - Drums and Guns

Matmos – The Civil War

Matmos - The Civil War

Nirvana – Nirvana

Nirvana - Nirvana

AC DC – Back in Black

AC DC - Back in Black

Bon Jovi – Have a Nice Day

Bon Jovi - Have a Nice Day

Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die

Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die

Frank Zappa – Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

Frank Zappa – Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch

The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks

Theory Of A Deadman – Self-Titled

Theory Of A Deadman – Self-Titled

Gotan Project – Tango 3.0

GotanProject - Tango 3.0

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Rolling Stones – Forty Lick

Rolling Stones - Forty Lick

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows

The Clash – London Calling

The Clash - London Calling

Paramore RIOT

Paramore RIOT

John Mayer – Continuum

John Mayer - Continuum

Hard-Fi – Once Upon a Time in the West

Hard-Fi – Once Upon a Time in the West

More Inspirational Sources:

  • 35 Beautiful Music Album Covers – Album cover art is often considered to be one of the “extincted” fields in modern graphics design. In times when digital copies are cheaper and quicker to get, album covers have somehow lost their importance as less and less customers actually buy CDs and LPs in the stores. [...]
  • 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD Covers – While recording artists and bands are busy recording their albums, a separate effort is usually being made behind the scenes to plan for the launch, promotion and circulation of the new tracks. The creation of CD cover art is an intergral part of this process.

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About the Author

Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.

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Comments and Discussions
  • Goncalo Espinha, 30 March 2011

    A GIGANTIC dose of inspiration..

    Thanks!!

  • Emma, 30 March 2011

    Awesome collection. I’ve always loved that Sex Pistols cover!

  • Val Kotlarov, 31 March 2011

    to #1:

    Yeah, quite inspiring. But what’s so inspiring? :)

    To me — fonts on the web today look more like an average of these:
    No Doubt – Rock Steady
    Portishead – Third
    Lee Morgan – The Rumproller
    Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
    Nirvana – Nirvana (minimalism)
    AC DC – Back in Black (minimalism)
    Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (m)
    Paramore RIOT (m)

    But when someone would use something like of
    Radiohead – In Rainbows –
    then the professionalism of an artist would be immediately questioned. Sure, Radiohead with it’s popularity and style, could afford just not to care about the global opinion, and do something against the rules?…

  • Ryan Leaper, 31 March 2011

    It’s interesting to see how the different styles of typography not only represent the music but how some styles are now so recognisable they instantly represent a whole genre of music and everything that music represents. The most obvious example is the Sex Pistols album cover. I believe the uneven, anarchic typography now represents the entire punk movement. Another personal favourite of mine is the Pink Floyd album cover for the wall. Gerald Scarfes typography again is a great example of how typography can represent a period in music. The variety of styles is also apparent from the heavy metal style typeface of the Metallica cover to the clean and simple font used on the Hard-Fi cover. Each one I think successfully portrays the music and has became an integral part of it.

  • Jen, 06 April 2011

    Always thought that the Paramore cover was a takeoff of the No Doubt cover…

  • Harriet Benavente, 06 April 2011

    As a rule, the brands suiting is not affected by imitation garments, however it’s casual and accessories selection is

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