Good designers often think outside the box. In this case, they think outside the album cover. These humorous images from the blog of design and marketing agency Aptitude give an amusing take on several famous music album covers by showing what’s happening just outside the frame of the original image.
Album Covers – The Bigger Picture gives new life to eight iconic designs. Adele becomes an undead creature with rotting flesh in a nightmarish graveyard scene, while the Biebs is being arrested and handcuffed. The Beatles have been transported across an ocean, to Route 66 in the American Southwest. Fatboy Slim has been placed in a scene from a Renaissance era painting by Raphael.
The new illustrations are all absurd and even outrageous, but some are just slightly more plausible (and more realistically Photoshopped) than others. Some play on the musicians’ personal lives, but others find humour just in the original art. This is an interesting concept, and while these pictures are pretty well executed, I think it just scratches the surface of what is possible.