Band Art

You’ve likely heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” with repetitive frequency over the years. Initially, I’m hooked by the title or by the name of a familiar author hidden amongst a library of other authors. If I’ve been pulled in by the former, the front cover is important. If I’ve been hooked by the latter, then the cover won’t matter quite as much. If I like your stuff, I’ll probably buy the book. It’s when we venture into the unknown that aesthetic designs play a part in the exploration or purchase of a book. I apply the same thinking to music. Flicking through records in a music shop, I’ll pull those from the stack which are either known to me or at least appeal to me visually. I’m guilty of judging a book/record by its cover, and I find comfort in knowing I’m not the only one. I think we’re all a little guilty in that regard.

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Eight times out of ten, it’s down to what we encounter through the artwork. We may begin to narrow down the search to a particular genre or time period, but it only lessens the burden by milligrams. For the modern artist seeking exposure, the artwork is the first insight into music. We may judge by the cover, and if we’re unimpressed, we may put the release back on the shelf. The visual stimulant precedes the auditory stimulant, and for a band or artist emerging onto the scene, the artwork has a bearing on their level of exposure and subsequent success. It seems a shame that it has to be that way, given that music is purely auditory. Regardless, it comes packaged, and we often need to be convinced of the package before opening it up for enjoyment.

Album Artwork

A great album cover can inspire someone to fish your vinyl out of the stack, encourage a streaming listener to learn more about you, and add a whole new layer of artistry to your work.

Instead of launching right into ideas for the cover, we focused on doing a little identity quest first — which really helped when it came to thinking about design.

band album art

Poster Art

poster is any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface. Typically posters include both textual and graphic elements, although a poster may be either wholly graphical or wholly text. Posters are designed to be both eye-catching and informative.

This is something that when designing posters for Dada Ono’s shows, artist Nik Ranger wanted to visually distinguish the band from the pack.

Nik Ranger artwork

Title: To The Lighthouse
Artist: Nik Ranger
All Rights Reserved Creative Commons Licence Copyright N. Ranger 2017

This piece was commissioned for Sunifest 3, a music festival hosted by Jem Presents 2nd September 2017

nik ranger sunifest 3 poster art

collage nik ranger

Title: Stepford Knives
Artist: Nik Ranger
All Rights Reserved Creative Commons Licence Copyright N. Ranger 2017

This piece was made for the song Paradise.