Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Make something beautiful every day #5

Fictional Joy Division Cover-Layout.

This cover design was inspired by the minimalist style of Joy Division's album "Unknown Pleasures", showing just white lines presenting 100 pulses of the first pulsar discovered ("PSR B1919+21"). The image itself was taken from Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy and the idea for the cover design came from Joy Division's (later New Order's) guitarist Bernard Sumner.
Unknown Pleasures' record sleeve had no tracklisting: neither on the backside of the cover, nor on the record label. The label didn't even showed "a-side" or "b-side".
Though Unknown Pleasures didn't have the band's name printed anywhere on the sleeve, it became highly recognizable through its minimalism.

Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures", 1979

I tried to create something similar recognizable. To be honest, the idea of using the circle as the basic shape was influenced by the cover design of The Germs' album "GI".

The Germs' "GI", 1979

The symbolism of the circle breaking up should remain mysterious, so that one should wonder if the graphic sign stands for something or not. The viewer's own imagination should be the main record sleeve's theme.

Sleeve, front

Record label, A/B side

Record label, A/B side

Sleeve & Label

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