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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