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What is the future of album art?

I work at a vinyl record pressing company in Fairfax and have seen some of the worst and some of the best album art today. I seen the manufacturing of album art with vaginas being held up by fish hooks to Skrillex’s sleek black, two dimensional box set. After seeing both these methods of design, I would definitely be more inclined to listen to Skrillex over the other, just like, if I was exploring a new place to eat for dinner, I would most likely go to the restaurant with the more attractive and accesible website over the one that had a poorly designed one – because I would view the food as being better. It is true that today, when most of us are suggested a new place to eat, before we go, we check the website. Most likely to get directions but THIS is our first impression of the place. The album art industry used to work like this. Ten years ago, a friend would suggest that you listen to *NSYNC’s album, “No Strings Attached” and what would you do? Go to the store and buy the CD, once again taking in their corny puppet like photograph on the cover before hearing the music. But today? Today, we hear the song on radio, we hear it in a new movie, it shows up on our Pandora or Spotify. We can fall in love with a song or band without even looking at the album art. Is this industry for designers being diminished? Sure, once we’ve heard the song and loved it, the awesome album art is a bonus, or if it’s bad, it doesn’t matter because the song is good. As a designer, I wish this wasn’t the case. We want our art to sway someone into buying the CD and while this is working in the restaurant world, I see its future in the music industry dwindling.

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