We do like a good redesigned cover or two here at Flavorwire, and we also like a bit of retro design action, so we were delighted when we spotted these redesigned covers for classic albums at The Design Blog. They’re the work of Brazilian designer Rodrigo Maia — the idea behind them is to marry contemporary album covers to a jazz-era cover art aesthetic, and they work a treat. … Read More
You may have noticed that we’re big fans of David Bowie here at Flavorpill, and as such we were excited (and just a bit jealous) to read about a new exhibition of the artwork from the singles he released between 1972 and 1984. In total, Bowie released 45 45s during this time, almost all of them good — and their artwork chronicles their creator’s aesthetic evolution, from Ziggy Stardust through the Thin White Duke and the cracked Pierrot of “Ashes to Ashes.” We asked exhibition co-curator (and designer/punk historian) Toby Mott to choose his favorite sleeves and share some recollections of the times they evoke.… Read More
It just so happens that a little birdie (the Internet) told us that the 2011 International Translation of the Bible is now gender-neutral! According to The Daily Beast (also on the Internet), “In instances where ‘he’ or ‘man’ is used to mean all people, some gender-neutral pronouns have been swapped in.” Okay, then. But, wait a minute — how do we know that this ends here? What will become of Mary and Joseph? What about David and Goliath? Will “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit” now be “The Parent Figure, The Child, and The Holy Spirit?” We simply have too many questions.
Progressive (and ridiculous) souls that we are, we decided to see how it would work to give some of our favorite classic books the gender-neutral treatment. Things, uh, didn’t go so well. See for yourself below and add your own in the comments if you have them. … Read More
So we found ourselves clicking through images of romance novel covers the other day. (You never know where the Internet is gonna take you on a given afternoon.) The experience fast descended into a tawdry smear of heaving bosoms, broad-shouldered lotharios, bad mullets, gauzy gowns, too-tight loin cloths, extraordinary pectoral abundance, and various states and stages of seduction and swoon. But with a couple (possibly satirical) exceptions (one with the hero reclining next to three piglets, another featuring a man with a heart-shaped medallion and an over-sized feline), the covers blurred together, almost interchangeable. They featured simple variations on location (pirate ships, beaches, meadows, cliffs), dress (kilts, negligees, satin sheets, birthday suits), hair color, and size of raised font.
From romance covers we moved on to science fiction, wondering if sci-fi cover art might offer more. And holy moly, what we started seeing was bizarre, hilarious, campy, creepy, striking, surreal, sometimes sexy, and extremely cool. Flying saucers, planetary landscapes, lots of rockets, babes in inter-galactic distress, alien monsters, cyborg enemies, and on and on. The covers we came across were sinister, lovely, and completely ridiculous. Below, a selection of some of the sci-fi cover stand-outs. … Read More
Just when we thought the collaborative efforts surrounding N.A.S.A.’s upcoming debut album The Spirit of Apollo (Feb 17) couldn’t get much crazier (Kool Keith + Tom Waits! David Byrne + Z-Trip! Karen O + Ol’ Dirty Bastard!), we got an email from their publicist about the album art — five interchangeable covers featuring work by Sage Vaughn, Mark Gonzales, Shepard Fairey, Marcel Dzama, and the Date Brothers.
View them all after the jump, and let us know which one you like best in the comments (we’re rather partial to Vaughn’s disco ball, but that might be because we have one hanging in the Flavorpill office). … Read More