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The best record cover design of 2014

By Gareth Coxon, January 5, 2015

royal blood album cover design


The importance and relevance of record cover design seems to have increased in recent years partly due to the new popularity of vinyl. There’s always been a solid connection between the music world and the graphic design/art world and I hope it long continues.

Art Vinyl has just announced the winner and runners up of it’s ‘Best Art Vinyl Award’ in which 10,000’s of people voted.

The winner was the above record cover design by Dan Hillier for Royal Blood’s debut album, a worthy winner in my opinion. (more…)

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MTV's Balloon Flip-book

By Gareth Coxon, May 3, 2011


Spotted this story over at Creative Review Blog and had to share it. It features a great re-invention of the flip book, using balloons and a popper on a 200 metre rail. Directed by Dulcidio Caldeira at ParanoidBR this stop-motion ad for MTV, used the action of bursting balloons to create a brand new style of flip-book.

“To achieve a moving picture effect, 10 balloons had to be popped per second, or 600 balloons per minute,” Caldeira says. “It took nearly 24 straight hours to shoot the multiple takes needed.”

Certainly inventive and memorable it brings a whole new dimension to the ancient idea of the flip book.

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The viral video genius of Ok Go

By Gareth Coxon, January 19, 2011

(OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – 22,868,440 views so far).

I’m not a huge fan of Ok Go’s actual music but I’ve always admired their cleverly crafted viral videos. They certainly have their eye on their internet audience and what it takes to create a shareable online hit.

Managing to be inventive, creative and have never resorted to expensive special effects or locations for their videos. Instead preferring to focus on well executed creative ideas with humour and a good sense of fun. (more…)

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