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People will, sometimes, get asked why they decided to go into their chosen profession. The answers can vary greatly from ‘well I always had a passion for…’ to, ‘actually, I just fell into it by accident…’

For me, one of my reasons for entering the field of graphic design was music.

Let me explain this a little better. See, I always had a passion for design, even before I knew what it was really (as I have explained in a previous post), and I have always liked music. Loved music. However, my design skills have always outshone my musical talents.

Despite attempting to play fast and hard experimental punk on various instruments, including the clarinet, trumpet, piano, steel drums, guitar, and even trying my to lend my voice to a lead vocalists position at one point (that was never going to work), I knew I wasn’t going to be in a successful band. However, I did have a lot of fun designing the logos and album covers (for albums that didn’t exist), for all of these projects.

Also, being a fan of album covers from the work of Peter Saville and his Joy Division/New Order sleeve art and onto the most famous Nirvana cover with a naked baby swimming after a dollar on a fish hook, I decided that I should combine both music and design and embark on a career where I just design sleeve art… and that’s it. I didn’t plan on anything else, but then life does occasionally disagree with your plans. So, I haven’t designed any famous album covers, and most of my work hasn’t been music based. Far from it, I generally work in the far geekier tech industry when it comes my design work.

I have, though, done design work for a few bands but haven’t really worked with anyone who has hit the big time. And to keep myself involved in music I run music nights and put on gigs for up and coming bands in and around London (check the nights out here).

But while doing this and thinking on my life and career, I started reflecting on the greatest album covers in my time. The covers that inspired me.

Here are them of my personal favourites, in no particular order:

 

Artist: Joy Division Album: Unknown Pleasures Designer: Joy Division, Peter Saville & Chris Mathan

Artist: Joy Division
Album: Unknown Pleasures
Designer: Joy Division, Peter Saville & Chris Mathan

Artist: The Velvet Underground & Nico Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico Designer: Andy Warhol

Artist: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Designer: Andy Warhol

Artist: The Stone Roses Album: The Stone Roses Designer: John Squire

Artist: The Stone Roses
Album: The Stone Roses
Designer: John Squire

Artist: Kraftwerk Album: The Man-Machine Designer: Karl Klefisch/Günther Fröhling

Artist: Kraftwerk
Album: The Man-Machine
Designer: Karl Klefisch/Günther Fröhling

Artist: Frank Zappa Album: Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch Designer: Roger Price

Artist: Frank Zappa
Album: Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Designer: Roger Price

Artist: Rage Against The Machine Album: Rage Against The Machine Photographer: Malcolm Browne

Artist: Rage Against The Machine
Album: Rage Against The Machine
Photographer: Malcolm Browne

Artist: Happy Mondays Album: Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches Designer: Central Station Design

Artist: Happy Mondays
Album: Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches
Designer: Central Station Design

Artist: Nirvana Album: Nevermind Designer: Robert Fisher

Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind
Designer: Robert Fisher

Artist: The Sex Pistols Album: Never Mind The Bollocks Designer: Jamie Reed

Artist: The Sex Pistols
Album: Never Mind The Bollocks
Designer: Jamie Reed

Artist: The Prodigy Album: Music for the Jilted Generation Designer: Stuart Haygarth

Artist: The Prodigy
Album: Music for the Jilted Generation
Designer: Stuart Haygarth

Artist: The Clash Album: London Calling Designer: Pennie Smith/Ray Lowry

Artist: The Clash
Album: London Calling
Designer: Pennie Smith/Ray Lowry

Artist: Pink Floyd Album: Dark Side of the Moon Designer: Storm Thorgerson

Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: Dark Side of the Moon
Designer: Storm Thorgerson