May 12

Wish You Were Here

by in Music


The sad death last month of Hipgnosis co-founder and graphic design legend Storm Thorgerson was a a sad passing indeed. My love of vinyl (and music in general) can be greatly attributed to his unforgettable work with artists like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Peter Gabriel.

In fact, it is hard to imagine the albums or music without thinking of his now iconic design style on such albums as Dark Side of the Moon and Houses of the Holy. Listening to these classics on vinyl becomes even more a process of discovery and mystery when you pour over every detail of the full-sized packaging, liner notes, and photography, which he and partner Aubrey Powell made so unforgettable.

(Click on any image below to view full size or as a gallery)

My secret desire has always been to have a similar career in the graphic design and album packaging, as I am also a big fan of 23 Envelope, another design firm partnership responsible for the equally impressive collection of artwork and record sleeve design for the 4AD label. Once I learned how to use the layering possibilities in Photoshop, my amateur attempts at design and layout began in earnest.

I am in no way implying that I have the skill or creative sensibilities of these highly influential design teams, but I really enjoy putting all the elements together to come up with an image or design for resumes, business cards, invites or to promote an event or concert. Sorting back though some of my favorites, especially those done for Columbus concert promoter Chris Wood of Starwood Presents, I have found that some of my favorites are from bands that I have rarely, if ever, heard of.

Take a look back with me and then pull out your favorite album cover artwork. Try to imagine the music listening experience without the images and design you are so familiar with. Enjoy ….and look to see Storm somewhere on the dark side of the moon.




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2 Responses to “Wish You Were Here”

  1. From Galen:

    You are quite the well-rounded guy, Matty! I love your writing, your designs and your amazing knowledge of musicians/albums—quite impressive!

    Posted on September 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM #
  2. From The Rock Traveler:

    I am honored to have fans like you out there rooting for me. Finally all my seemingly useless knowledge and skills are being put to some use!

    Posted on September 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM #

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