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The Works of Storm Thorgerson

February 23, 2011 1 comment

Have you ever stumbled upon the work of a new artist that you love, only to realize as you dug deeper that the same artist was responsible for a ton of things other things that you loved but never knew who was responsible for them?  That happened to me with Storm Thorgerson.  The British graphic designer is known as the designer of the cover art of albums by a lot of famous rock bands, especially progressive rockers.  In fact, it was Thorgerson who designed the iconic cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

 

Thorgerson's Dark Side of the Moon cover

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon...

 

I found out about Thorgerson while looking into the designer of the cover art for the album Frances the Mute by Texas prog rock group The Mars Volta.  I’ve long been a fan of the cover, with it’s surreal, abstract design that strangely fit the album’s tone.  Turns out, Thorgerson is responsible for more than 30 years worth of memorable album art, having worked with bands like Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, The Mars Volta, and Muse.

The cover of The Mars Volta's Frances the Mute

Thorgerson's cover for Frances the Mute. So simple, so surreal, so cool.

 

Surrealism is a major component of Thorgerson’s work, and it’s fitting for many of the artists he works for.  It’s also what attracts me to his designs.  I love the mix of simplicity and abstractness that defines his style, and I love the way it meshes with the music that it is frequently tied to.  Such designs are great examples of visual designs working in tandem with music to elevate the artistic effect of both.

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