CD package for Laura‘s album Twelve Hundred Times. Melbourne-based band Laura asked me to design their latest album package. Laura’s music varies in tone and dynamic, but is always layered and textural. The microscopic image of volcanic ash was chosen to represent the themes on this album: “Post WW2 Poland/Europe. Determination and survival. Ash, betrayal, distrust, revenge.” The cold greyscale colour and starkness amplifies these themes. I used a spot silver behind the ash image and for some of the text to enhance what would essentially be a black and white CD package.
CD package for Sealight‘s EP titled Dead Letters. Sealight approached me to design the band’s first CD. Sealight’s music is light, textural, organic, and intimate, so I used an image I had taken on Fox Glacier in New Zealand for the cover. I expanded the image concept through the rest of design by incorporating the textural elements of the glacier. The ‘lightness’ was created naturally by the pale blues and greens of the glacier, and further realised with light-weight and -colour text.
The artwork for the Subnormal album Theory For Evolution required some heavy Photoshop work to create a fire that would do exactly what I had in mind. Several images of fire were purchased through online stock libraries. Because the images were from different photographers and different shoots, I needed to firstly colour correct them so they were identical in colour, contrast and tone. While this sound easy enough, it requires very carefully adjustment of contrast and colour hue. It it was off even by a little, it could be seen and the images could not be mixed together convincingly.
CD package design for Laura‘s EP Yes Maybe No. The band Laura asked me to design a package for their new EP “Yes Maybe No”. I liked this project immediately because the title was so ambiguous and intriguing — my mind started thinking conceptually right away. The band had just returned to Australia from a tour across Europe, so I used photographs for the front and back cover which I had shot some years earlier from a plane window on my own trip to Europe.
CD Package design for heavy-rock band Subnormal. As this was the debut album for the band, I wanted to make the design simple, aggressive, and timeless. Something that wouldn’t pigeon-hole the band into a certain look or style. As fire is one of the simplest, and rawest forms of power, I chose to use this as a theme throughout the CD package. The album title “Theory For Evolution” represents that as mankind, we are in an age where it is possible to map, or design, our own evolution.
CD package design for Laura‘s album (Re)Capitulate. The concept for this project was based on the nature of the album. This album is a live recording, so I chose to make the design raw and spontaneous, just as Laura’s music is. As (Re)Capitulate contains songs from Laura’s two previous albums, I wanted to represent this visually somehow. I achieved this by taking the child faces painted by artist Heidi Yardley from the covers of each of the two previous albums, and combining them into a single surreal face image.
CD package design for Kurasowa‘s album Your Star Has Fallen Over. The concept for this CD package stems from photographs the band members had taken themselves while in France. Upon studying the images, I saw many were of different lighting sources or effects. I chose to run with the theme of ‘light’, as the images correlated with the title of the album. To make the photographs really pop I reworked them in Photoshop so they all sat on a completely black background.
CD package for Melbourne post-rockers Season. Season wanted a package design that was as mysterious and deep as their music. The images for the package were shot at the Tate Modern in London during The Weather Project by Olafur Eliasson. The images depict a semi-aplocalyptic dream world, at the same time feeling hot and dry, as well as wet and dense. These concepts worked perfectly with Season’s music. The double gate fold design was distinguished among other releases at the time, and there are hidden graphics and text giving further clues to the package concept below the glued pages.