I have been a fan of Jann Arden’s music since I was a teenager. So as you can imagine I was thrilled upon receiving the opportunity to design her 2014 album Everything Almost. After exhausting several more standard concepts, we opted for a fun alternative look for this album. The “Bad Portrait” created by Mandy Stobo was originally commissioned by Jann’s manager, Bruce Allen, as a funny gift, but as soon as Jann saw it she declared that it would be hilarious to use this as her album cover. I couldn’t agree more. This departure from the traditional was a perfect way to set it apart from not only the other records on the shelf, but also the rest of Jann’s extensive catalogue. With such a strong hero image we felt the rest of the concept should follow the messy artistic route. All backgrounds we kept stark white to mimicking canvas with splashes of water colour paint. The tall display serif typeface was selected to stand proud with a hind of femininity. The subtle water colour texture was added to give it a more depth and interest. The scrawled album title was an obvious choice to tie the title treatment into the illustration. This pairing of strong, off-centre and messy was carried throughout the package by alternating the track titles between a tall display sans-serif and the scrawl from the cover. To further encourage a tactile experience the entire package was given a soft-touch varnish to enhance the rich colours with a matte finish. In the end, this is one of my favourite album packages of my career and I truly feel it is a work of art.
- Client : Universal Music Canada
- Date : 29/04/2014
- Tags : BRANDING, PACKAGING