Album artwork can be the most challenging, exciting and rewarding work you ever do. The difference between designing for a company and designing for a band or music artist is staggering. When you’re designing the cover art for an album, you need to sum up the feel and style of the music and of the band – and there are no set rules for how you go about this. While it can be extremely liberating designing without any constraints at all, it can also be remarkably challenging as you have a blank canvas and, at first, no real idea of how to fill it.

There are a huge number of styles, techniques and methods that you can use to bring the album artwork together – from the choice of colour palette to the typography – and in many cases you have to use your intuition to guide you to create an album cover that’s memorable, remarkable and a good fit.

We’ve brought together a collection of inspiring, brilliantly designed and creative album artwork that captures the mood of the music and the personality of the band beautifully. We hope you find this collection useful for your next album artwork design project.

Disco Dynamite Mr Flash – Disco Dynamite

Seekae +Dome Seekae – +Dome

Lemon Jelly - Lost HorizonsLemon Jelly – Lost Horizons

Radiohead - Hail to the ThiefRadiohead – Hail to the Thief

Architecture in Helsinki - Places Like ThisArchitecture in Helsinki – Places Like This

Instead of Sleeping - The Reds, The Blacks, The GraysInstead of Sleeping – The Reds, The Blacks, The Grays

The Shins - Chutes Too NarrowThe Shins – Chutes Too Narrow

Discovery - LP Discovery – LP

Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb LineRa Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line

Ellie Herring - SatiateEllie Herring – Satiate

Hot Chip - The WarningHot Chip – The Warning

Mike Monday - Songs Without Words Mike Monday – Songs Without Words

Muse - The Resistance Muse – The Resistance

Led Zeppelin - Mothership Led Zeppelin – Mothership

Rafale - Rock It, Don't Stop It Rafale – Rock It, Don’t Stop It

Smashing Pumpkins - ZeitgeistSmashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist

Have you found any creative and inspiring album artwork designs that need sharing?

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