The Modernist Editions

How do you take an album cover and distill it down to a single simple image. As Heath from Illumination Ink explains

“It’s basically a set of modernist re-workings of classic album covers, where the album title has been distilled into a simple little black and white pictogram which acts as the artwork.
So far the collection has 25 hits and misses. “

Below are the 25 albums in their full glory.

The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions
The Modernist Editions

You can also view the set on Flickr.

I love this set and I hate the fact I can’t name all the covers. I had to cheat and look them up.

We have seen these types of covers before such as the previously posted Pet Shop Boys’ “Yes”, Coldplay’s “X&Y” and New Order but never as a series re-released by a record label. And I’m probably missing some obvious re-release so I’ll add never with such design flair or abstract beauty.

We also seen bands make fun or take the piss as we say in Australia, of the whole concept of the album cover. My fav is XTC’s Go2. I wish more bands and labels would do the same.

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Heath has also started another series of “Songs About Shapes”

Songs About Shapes

The Video Game Classics by the ever talented Olly Moss. I love his shirts.

Classic Video Game Series

And the “I Can Read The Movies” series by Space Sick. Another talented illustrator.

I Can Read The Movies

These helped inspire the Something Awful forums to produce these covers for videos games. These are hit and miss.

Classic Video Game Series 2

If none of this makes any sense to you and you’re scratching your head as to why this minimal style would stricka chord with so many people just take a look at some of the classic Penguin book covers here in this great Penguin books coverFlickr set. Very inspiring.

Penguin Book Covers

Phew that is just too much visual stimuli for one day.

I hope you enjoyed this side step from the usual album cover review. We have a few more “special” posts in the works to help spice things up.