Visual Storytelling through 
Memorable Album Covers 
David J. Deal 
Instagram.com/davidjdeal 
December 2013; Revised Augus...
Memorable album covers do at 
least one of three things well
Visualize the music
Capture the personality of the artist
Grab your attention
Here are some examples . . .
Golden oldies
Band portraits
Artful design
The beauty of ugly
The power of mystique
Poetic outlaws
All attitude
Daring
Urban cool
Sex appeal
Less is more
Album covers serve a different 
purpose in the digital era
Today, album cover art doesn’t stop with the album – 
it reinforces an artist’s image everywhere . . .
. . . On the album . . . 
http://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/rkt/MEDIUM//45/77/4 
577061.jpg
. . . In concert . . .
. . . On merchandise . . .
. . . Outdoors and indoors . . .
. . . As user-generated content . . .
. . . everywhere music is accessed digitally
Notable album covers from the present day
Notable album covers from the present day
Notable album covers from the present day
Notable album covers from the present day
Notable album covers from the present day
Thank You 
David Deal 
davidjdeal@gmail.com
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"Visual Storytelling through Memorable Album Covers" shares best practices for creating striking cover designs that visualize music, express an artist's personality, and grab your attention. In the digital era, album design is alive and well. Album cover art forms the basis of artists' identities, permeating all the ways artists express their brands, ranging from tour merchandise to their social spaces. "Visual Storytelling through Memorable Album Covers" provides examples from classic rock musicians such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and contemporary bands such as Goldfrapp and the National.

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  1. 1. Visual Storytelling through Memorable Album Covers David J. Deal Instagram.com/davidjdeal December 2013; Revised August 2014
  2. 2. Memorable album covers do at least one of three things well
  3. 3. Visualize the music
  4. 4. Capture the personality of the artist
  5. 5. Grab your attention
  6. 6. Here are some examples . . .
  7. 7. Golden oldies
  8. 8. Band portraits
  9. 9. Artful design
  10. 10. The beauty of ugly
  11. 11. The power of mystique
  12. 12. Poetic outlaws
  13. 13. All attitude
  14. 14. Daring
  15. 15. Urban cool
  16. 16. Sex appeal
  17. 17. Less is more
  18. 18. Album covers serve a different purpose in the digital era
  19. 19. Today, album cover art doesn’t stop with the album – it reinforces an artist’s image everywhere . . .
  20. 20. . . . On the album . . . http://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/rkt/MEDIUM//45/77/4 577061.jpg
  21. 21. . . . In concert . . .
  22. 22. . . . On merchandise . . .
  23. 23. . . . Outdoors and indoors . . .
  24. 24. . . . As user-generated content . . .
  25. 25. . . . everywhere music is accessed digitally
  26. 26. Notable album covers from the present day
  27. 27. Notable album covers from the present day
  28. 28. Notable album covers from the present day
  29. 29. Notable album covers from the present day
  30. 30. Notable album covers from the present day
  31. 31. Thank You David Deal davidjdeal@gmail.com
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