Episode #120 : The Aesthetics of Album Art

Album artwork is often a listener’s first impression of a record, so how does an artist successfully represent their music visually? We brought together graphic designers and music people for a panel at Design Week Portland to discuss the creative and conceptual collaborations that go into designing a record. Hear insight from designers Adam R. Garcia (Instrument, The Pressure), Tawfiq Mardini, Lead Designer at Fresh Selects Records, and Joe Stewart (Work & Co.), who’s behind many of Xiu Xiu’s album covers. You’ll also get the perspective of label leaders Aaron Meola (Label Manager at Tender Loving Empire) and Jenny Logan (President of XRAY Records).


Adam R. Garcia (Instrument, The Pressure)
Tawfiq Mardini (Fresh Selects)
Joe Stewart (Work & Co.)
Aaron Meola (Tender Loving Empire)
Jenny Logan (XRAY Records)

Cindy Wilson “Brother”
Wimps “Garbage People”
Horse Feathers “Without Applause”
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