When you’re designing for a client, typically, there are set rules to follow. Designs need to look professional, they have to be clean and recognisable, smart and structured and, while they can be quirky and unusual, they can’t be too unusual.

All of those design rules go out the window when you’re designing an album cover. Album art is often some of the more creative artwork that you see precisely because it doesn’t have anywhere near as many constraints. Your one task is to capture the essence of the album using a blank canvas, and you can often do so by whichever means you find more useful at the time.

It means it’s daunting and extremely challenging when you start and you’ve got a blank canvas staring back at you – but it’s also some of the most liberating, exciting and rewarding design work that you’ll do too.

If you’re just starting out with designing album art, then you’d do well to explore what other artists have done. How have they captured the mood of the music, and the personality of the band or musician?

We’ve brought together a collection of creatively designed, stunning, interesting and best album artwork cover that can hopefully be a source of inspiration for you if you’re looking to design your own. We hope you find this as useful and interesting as we did putting it together.

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Ellie Herring Album Art

Ellie Herring Album Art
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Volcano Marching Through Time Album Cover

Volcano Marching Through Time Album Cover
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Trend is Album Artwork Dead

Trend is Album Artwork Dead
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Nevergone Album Art

Nevergone Album Art
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Rio Bravo Album Art

Rio Bravo Album Art
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Son of Light Hyp Notic Remix Cover Art

Son of Light Hyp Notic Remix Cover Art
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Best Album Artwork Cover

Best Album Artwork Cover
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Arcade Fire the Suburbs Preview

Arcade Fire the Suburbs Preview
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Comfort Album Artwork Cover

Comfort Album Artwork Cover
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Rivers Robots Final Artwork

Rivers Robots Final Artwork
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The Shins Album Artwork Cover

The Shins Album Artwork Cover
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Live Love Learn Album Art

Live Love Learn Album Art
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Best Album Artwork Cover

Best Album Artwork Cover
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Junea Field Notes

Junea Field Notes
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Tokyo Police Club Album Cover

Tokyo Police Club Album Cover
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Joy Kills Sorrow Album Cover

Joy Kills Sorrow Album Cover
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Tharsis They Ominous Silence

Tharsis They Ominous Silence
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Echo Shade

Echo Shade
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Progress

Progress
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Drone

Drone
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One Final Thought

Have you found any creative album artwork that you think deserves a mention? Let us know in the comments.

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