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.

If you enjoyed these you might also like;

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.

The Modernist Editions

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.

If you enjoyed these you might also like;

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.





14 Comments

  1. If a designer was able to pull something like this off in a real world scenario…it would be huge! But this is all practice, right? And it feels that way, like student work. The play button on the Moby cover isn't even centered. Lazy.

    I can't wait for this trend to end.

  2. You know which trend that I can't wait to be over? This trend of no-name, humourless designers with nothing better to do than bitch about other designers on the Internet. What a wonderful community we're fostering.

    I for one love this series (and the others presented here). It's obviously a little bit of non-billable fun and a splendidly executed one at that. It's little wonder that there are memes and imitations built around some of these. Memorable design and effective communication – that's what we should be aiming for – not perfection in alignment.

  3. I feel that's a little harsh

  4. I love this! There's so much beauty in these covers and how they are interpreted!
    Nice work

  5. “You know which trend that I can't wait to be over? This trend of no-name, humourless designers with nothing better to do than bitch about other designers on the Internet.”

    He might be bitching but that doesn't invalidate his point. This was posted and comments were asked for so some comments it shall recieve.

    This stuff just leaves me cold.

  6. Leaves you cold? There is so much out there that can leave you cold this at least has some humor to it.

    But I do enjoy hearing other people's opinions. I look at this “type of stuff” and I get inspired. What else in my life can I reduce to a single icon. Or what else can I juxtapose with a different style in an inventive way. That sort of inspired. But I guess I'm old fashioned haha

  7. Also do the Penguin books or the other examples posted leave you cold also?

    The only thing I will disagree with you on your comment is the use of a fake name. Why not post your real details?

  8. I don't post my real name for two very simple reasons:

    1) I don't want to

    2) I've seen too many comment/forum threads get derailed by the fallacy of the “let's see you do better/it's better than YOUR work!” type nonsense. Not that I'm saying that would happen here, but best to avoid it completely.

    Can't find the Penguin books but I think I've seen them somewhere else and quite liked them.

  9. The problem when people don't post their real name is that no one has any real way of replying.

    It wont be “show us your work then” but it does help give weight to your statement. If you post anon then we have no idea if you're a person who works at the local HMV or someone who runs a record label. The

    It's just out of respect that you post your real name.

    RE the penguin books are posted at the bottom of this post

    Link again here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joekral/sets/72157

  10. But sure I could make up any aul name and you wouldn't know the difference! What if I told you I was Rachel Dorrs from Doncaster? Or Matt Parks from Seattle? It hardly matters, neither is true. Or maybe one of them is.

    And thanks for the link. I was thinking of something else entirely. And sorry to say but I dno't think much of those designs either. Not sure why, but they just don't appeal to me.

  11. I would argue that these are not distilled down to a single image. The type is just as important as any icon in these compositions. It is pointing to whatever you put in the middle of that composition; it's the label, the signifier. One could try a number of different icons in that space and probably not lose too much meaning.

  12. absolutely fantastic collection of stuff here!

  13. absolutely fantastic collection of stuff here!

  14. [...] set is very different from the previous set (the Modernist series) we posted back in 2009. There you can see the video game covers, movie poster and much more. Olly [...]

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