Designing your first album cover can be incredibly exciting, but there are certain things that you will need to consider if you want to make sure that people notice it on the shelves. So, what should you take into consideration when you are creating your album art?
#1 – Consider Future Albums
When releasing an album, many well-known artists have thought about the future of their music career and have begun a series that may run the course of a number of albums. For example, Adele’s albums were part of a series related to her age – 19, 21 and 25. Ed Sheeran has employed a similar tactic with his albums Plus, Multiply and Divide. This consistency can help to set you apart from the crowd and ensure fans know exactly what to look for.
#2 – People Listen Online
We are living in a digital age and people listen to music differently than they did even 10 years ago. With more than 100 million people using streaming service, Spotify, it would be foolish to ignore the digital presence of music. This means that most people are going to interact with your album art in a thumbnail size. While you are trying to get traction, it’s important that you take this into consideration and think about the designs that are going to grab attention, even in a small size.
#3 – Learn From the Best
There’s a reason that classic album covers are classic. Think of the best album covers of all time and how you can use their principles to recreate their success. For example, Pink Floyd’s album, The Dark Side of the Moon uses an incredibly simple design and a whole lot of blank space to create something eye-catching that people remember. Neither the band name nor the album title appears on the front of the album cover, but the image is instantly recognisable.
There are many things that you should take into consideration when designing your album cover. However, you don’t have to take on the process alone. At VDC Group, we don’t just offer CD replication services, we can also help you with design, print and packaging services. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0208 963 3555 or email [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help.