Album cover art is always a great source of inspiration because there’s such an eclectic mix of styles to feast your eyes on. There’s no rules that determine what an album cover should look like, it just needs to be attention grabbing, possibly relate to the genre of the music it represents, and present the name of the artist along with their album title (although some examples don’t seem to make this requirement much of a priority!). This gives the artist or designer complete creative freedom to experiment and innovate, which can sometimes lead to their work becoming iconic as their artwork forms a recognisable identity for the album. In today’s design showcase you’ll find over 50 creative album covers, made using all kinds of disciplines from complex illustrations to clever photography.

The Ash by Ars Thanea

The Ash by Ars Thanea

Reality Check Album Cover by Marie Bergeron

Reality Check by Marie Bergeron

Valaire Album Cover by Caravane Studio

Valaire by Caravane Studio

Warm Box Album Cover by Marti Serra

Warm Box by Marti Serra

Coffee Date by Gediminas Pranckevicius

Coffee Date by Gediminas Pranckevicius

Marsö x L’errance Album Cover by Marie Bergeron

Marsö x L'errance by Marie Bergeron

Ninety9Lives Album Cover by Evgeniy Yudin

Ninety9Lives by Evgeniy Yudin

Tycho Album Cover by Else Lab

Tycho by Else Lab

Infinito Album Cover by Hermes Mazali

Infinito by Hermes Mazali

Ghost Train Album Cover by Bazso Lossonczy

Ghost Train by Bazso Lossonczy

Ruhr Album Cover by Ivan Meshkov

Ruhr by Ivan Meshkov

Oil & Water Album Cover by Gediminas Pranckevicius

Oil & Water by Gediminas Pranckevicius

Cold Comfort Album Cover by Iryna Baranova

Cold Comfort by Iryna Baranova

Play Album Cover by Anzi

Play by Anzi

Dry Eye Cover Image by Francesco Beretta

Dry Eye by Francesco Beretta

T&C/AVNP&NMTC Album Cover by Tiago Goncalves

T&C/AVNP&NMTC by Tiago Goncalves

Art Vs Science Album Cover by Andrew Fairclough

Art Vs Science Album Cover by Andrew Fairclough

No Chains On The Moon Album Cover by Mask Movement

No Chains On The Moon Album Cover by Mask Movement

Lyudska Podoba Album Cover by Marina Veremeienko

Lyudska Podoba Album Cover by Marina Veremeienko

Moda i Oblaka Album Cover by Nadzeya Makeyeva

Moda i Oblaka Album Cover by Nadzeya Makeyeva

Robot Noize Album Cover by Marcus Lie Johansen

Robot Noize Album Cover by Marcus Lie Johansen

Daydreams Album Cover by Amr Adel

Daydreams Album Cover by Amr Adel

Architect Album Cover by Alfonsus Abimatha

Architect Album Cover by Alfonsus Abimatha

G-Funk Mixtape Album Cover by Anastasiia Rafaliuck

G-Funk Mixtape Album Cover by Anastasiia Rafaliuck

TogetherFM Album Cover by Mart Biemans

TogetherFM Album Cover by Mart Biemans

Hibridos LP Cover by Nache Ramos

Hibridos LP Cover by Nache Ramos

The Love Cover by Simon Waloszek

The Love Cover by Simon Waloszek

Oracular Spectacular Album Cover by Jorge Popolizio

Oracular Spectacular Album Cover by Jorge Popolizio

The Valley Album Cover by One Horse Town Illustration Studio

The Valley Album Cover by One Horse Town Illustration Studio

Budapest Selected Album Cover by Tamas Birinyi

Budapest Selected Album Cover by Tamas Birinyi

Dust Bunny Album Cover by Kate O’Hara

Dust Bunny Album Cover by Kate O'Hara

Primitivo Album Cover by Davide Giovanni Steccanella

Primitivo Album Cover by Davide Giovanni Steccanella

Moja Rec Offline Album Cover by Petr Kudlacek

Moja Rec Offline Album Cover by Petr Kudlacek

Stranger In My Town Album Cover by Francesco Beretta

Stranger In My Town Album Cover by Francesco Beretta

Lost Themes II Album Cover by Justin Mexxell

Lost Themes II Album Cover by Justin Mexxell

Christmas With Nate Album Cover by Justin Mezzell

Christmas With Nate Album Cover by Justin Mezzell

Little Islands Album Artwork by Nick Stepuk

Little Islands Album Artwork by Nick Stepuk

Hyp-Notic Cover Art by Emir Ayouni

Hyp-Notic Cover Art by Emir Ayouni

Tomorrow’s Finest Cover Art by Peter Schreve

Tomorrow's Finest by Peter Schreve

Tommy Tee Cover Art by Emir Ayouni

Tommy Tee Cover Art by Emir Ayouni

The Emergency Broadcast Album Cover by Marie Bergeron

The Emergency Broadcast Album Cover by Marie Bergeron

Come, Emmanuel Album Cover by Adam Grason

Come, Emmanuel Album Cover by Adam Grason

Ladders, Rocks & Lightening Swords Album Art by Jonathan Ogden

Ladders, Rocks & Lightening Swords Album Art by Jonathan Ogden

Undress Yourself Cover Art by Emir Ayouni

Undress Yourself Cover Art by Emir Ayouni

All Things New Album Art by Jonathan Ogden

All Things New Album Art by Jonathan Ogden

Awake EP Artwork by Adam Flynn

Awake EP Artwork by Adam Flynn

Magdelena Album Cover Design by Vincent Sevilla

Magdelena Album Cover Design by Vincent Sevilla

Rivers & Robots Album Art by Jonathan Ogden

Rivers & Robots Album Art by Jonathan Ogden

The Script Album Campaign by AMP Visual

The Script Album Campaign by AMP Visual

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  1. Yes, really interesting mix of styles etc. Particularly like the Tommy Lee’s Tomorrow’s Young by Peter Schreve and the Angus Macrae by Adam Flynn. Ta for blog

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  2. Very creative and thoughtful. I love to think myself creative and recently taking a graphics design training as well. I hope someday I would also be able to think & design things like these. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great Collection of relevant Graphic Designs all in ONE Place!!
    Thank you for doing the Foot Work!
    How did you come to select these particular Cover Designs?
    I am sure you must have found more than are displayed here… do you plan to display other Cover Designs soon?
    I am NEW to your Blog and am very impressed so far!!
    Congratulations to you and your efforts!

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    • Great Design is in the Eye of the Beholder….
      Jeffrey’s Eye(s) just see Great Design differently than Mr. Spooner! AND… one Decent out of 12 shows that Mr. Spooner has a good grip on Great Design!

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