Album Covers & Digipaks
Images Found on Google and Arctic Monkeys Website
Descending From Most Recent Release
09.09.13 | Album | DOMINO RECORDS
This is the latest album cover from the arctic
monkeys Called AM. The album cover is simple
with the white zigzagged lines across the middle
of a black back ground. This makes the album
cover different to other album cover images and
makes it easily recognisable.
The image also relates to the music video in the
album called ‘’Do I Wanna Know’’ which is made
up of lines like this that create music visualisation
by moving into images and other shapes in time
with the music.
The image is simple yet effective as its already
become an iconic symbol due to the success of the
album and individual song ‘Do I Wanna Know’.
Therefore anybody who sees this symbol or any
similar symbols from the song will think straight
away of the Arctic Monkeys.
SUCK IT AND SEE (2011)
06.06.11 | MP3, LP, CD | DOMINO RECORDS
This Album ’Suck It And See’ Was released In 2011 and again is a plain and simple style.
The plain white back ground will stand bright against other album covers on a shop shelf.
The background also makes the simple title in block capitals and in bold stand out even more. By
standing out the title becomes more of a bold statement for the audience to capture. The style
of the title suggests that the title should be interpreted in a non-formal direct way as the
boldness makes the title more bigger and stronger and the capitals suggest more of a direct
tone than laid back. This style simple but making a big statement relates to the style of the
24.08.09 | CD, LP, MP3 | DOMINO RECORDING COMPANY LTD
Brought out in 2009 this album cover shows a gang style in a cornered space smoking. The image appears to
be slightly canted the band picture image is layered over and moved around and slightly mirrored . By their
body language and gang style representation along with the mirroring and canted image it suggests that they
may be under the influence of drugs. We also see a smoke/ hazy background which also suggests the
influence of drugs. The Title is placed in a non-liner style across the front of a white hoody. This acts as a
statement / brand like we would expect to see across the front of a hoodie. The title not being straight
compliments the drug/ youth gang style in the image making it non formal and more laid back as they use a
more swirly font. The ‘monkeys’ also doesn’t contain a capital letter making the name again less formal for
FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE (2007)
24.04.07 | CD, Album, LP | DOMINO RECORDING COMPANY LTD.
This Album cover, 2007 ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ is a more grey colour. The design is of a Urban street
style relating to run down areas/ towns. The greyness makes the image look like its set in the night time
which also makes the rooms lit up in the house stand out. The title is big and distorted and has the style
similar to the shape of a shadow against a wall. Again the writing is not level but in capitals makes the title
more scary looking. The colour of the title is dull as it fits with the background not standing out. All the
dullness makes the rooms of the house capture out attention making us think that there is something in
there waiting to me seen similar to our thoughts on the album and its songs waiting to be discovered.
Last but not least, I notice the urban style paintings on all the walls of what we see from the house which
also adds to the urban, street style culture. This would also attract the street style audience.
WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT (2006)
23.01.06 | LP, Album, CD | DOMINO RECORDING COMPANY LTD.
The image of the Chris
McClure smoking fits in
well with the Arctic
Monkey’s laid back style.
The mans facial
expressions show how
relaxed he is making the
audience feel relaxed too.
The black and white
colour makes the image
even more simple but
effective drawing in the
audience. This album also
contains the successful
song that my group have
chosen to use for our
music video. ‘I Bet You
Look Good on The Dance
This 2006 album is a simple style of a man called Chris McClure. I found this information from yahoo answers
blog. From this information I now know who he is and a back ground to how this image was to be taken.
“Chris McClure — a friend of the band, frontman of The Violet May and brother of Jon McClure of Reverend
and the Makers — taken in the early hours of the morning in Korova bar, Liverpool after the band had given
him, his cousin and his best friend "seventy quid to spend on a night out". The image caused some
controversy when the head of Scotland's NHS criticised the cover for ‘reinforcing the idea that smoking is
The Digipak from arctic monkeys 2006
album Shows a recurrent theme of black
and white and grey throughout. The CD
itself is a simple image of a lot od cigarettes.
The back of the digipak contains the same
man in the cover hanging his head down
which shows stress or him thinking. Having
his face away from the image shows a less
direct image making the audience’s
attention still draw more towards the front
The back of the CD case also contains
information such as the track list an the
record label that licences them. The record
label and barcode are both situated at the
bottom and corner of the package as it is
important to have them but does not need
to be soo big it takes the attention away
from the album its self.
The inside page of the digipak book also
contains the logo and licencing information
. Along wit any other important
information. The print is also tiny as we as
an audience don’t need to know about it or
This Album is set up to look like a house. The way the album has to be opened up with two flaps makes the
audience feel as if they are seeing the inside of a house. This is as the inside of the digipak is set up a bit like
the inside of a house (as if you were to cut the house down the middle) a bit like a doll house that opens up
in the middle.
The inside walls are all painted and are
brighter than the outside of the
packaging. This makes the opening of the
album more exciting and brighter. The
rest of the digipak appears to be grey,
black therefore making the bright colours
stand out. The walls/ sides of the digipak
are designed to all flow together creating
the house style. This is seen in the above
pictures where even if one flap is closed
the front cover will connect to the other
side image, and the stood up album
shows how the house can look 3D and
the shapes still fit together to look like a
house. This is a clever design and makes
the audience more attracted to it and
want to buy it more.
The CD in the middle is green and matches the painting of the house inside but also contains a cartoon
image. This image connects with the style the Arctic Monkeys were looking for. Scary, with the horn like
hair and mysterious glasses, Cool laid back with the glasses and facial expression, Urban/street again as
the image is cartoon like similar to a graffiti style like the walls of the house on the album.
Opened up there is a full spread
of a picture with two
people, although hard to tell this
could be band members.
Climbing up a golden sand bank
against a blue sky, the image has
been edited a lot and contrast is
at very high level. There is a few
shadows which adds unidentified
information for the audience to
think about. The left hand side
has a booklet inside with pictures
of the bands and lyrics. On the
right hand side there is the CD
itself in another sleeve that is
covered with the logo of Domino
The CD itself has an image
printed onto it with the initials
AM. ~The image I think is a pie
with AM letters made onto it. The
slightly browner colours I feel are
designed to make the pie look
more realistic and 3d to the
The front cover features a picture of the band but the same image
layered over and moved around and slightly mirrored. They have
donned a new logo for their name on this album like every other album.
The back is quite plain with another logo - a different one again, and the
track list with some Domino Records writing on it and their logo. This is
promoting the record label as well as the album The colouring of it
continues the theme from the front to the back.
From what we can see this album is
very basic. Its colour scheme is black
and white which contrast each other
to stand out but be very simple. The
front over is dominant but still simple
with the title small and simple but
bold. The back is again simple but
with the Arctic Monkeys logo on it
made very big to contrast the small
front title. The back again shows the
simple track list in the same font as
the title along with the bar code and
The inside is plain and simple and the CD is black
with the same arctic monkeys logo on it as the
back of the packaging. The CD is Black with white
Text whish again juxtaposes the style . I assume
that the packaging my be so simple as the idea
may be to attract the audience more to the
contents of the cd rather than the package its self.
This Digipak follows a similar style to a
few of the other albums by Arctic
Monkeys as again it has a simple style.
The front cover and CD have matching
pictures and the book inside is also black
with a white Arctic Monkeys Logo on it.
This image is featured in their most
popular music video from the album
called ‘Do I Wanna know’ made up of
lines and shapes.
I believe that this very simple style off
packaging is used as the black and white
contrasting image on the package acts as
a recognisable symbol with the audiences
making them want to buy the CD. This will
be as the audience see the image more
they will discover that the image is related
to the band and every time they see it
they will think if the band. The more they
see it the more they are likely to think the
band is successful and popular and want
to buy the CD.