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This is my final project completed for the Senior Art Capstone class, ART499, at St. Norbert College. In completion, I designed 16 album covers.

Semester Completed

Spring 2020


De Pere


album art, cover art, CD art, album cover art, album design, cover design, album cover design, graphic design, music design, music art


Graphic Design | Illustration | Industrial and Product Design | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media

Artist Statement

This project was a particularly stimulating task because of the unique obstacle that exists in making a design that reflects the sound of an album’s music. This required listening to each album, visualizing each specific melody, and then using the programs Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to make my visions come to life. What I loved most about this project was being able to combine two of the most expressive subjects - art and music. I chose to remake the cover art of classic rock albums, mainly from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and gave them a fresh look while still maintaining the heart of the album. One way I achieved this was by keeping the artists’ original logos and then adding my own choices of type and original imagery for the rest.

My artwork and designs are often inspired by more modern styles, containing key elements such as highly saturated, vibrant colors paired with the use of black as an accent, as well as bold, expressive typography. I believe typography to be one of, if not the most key element in a design, so I pay great attention to choosing the perfect fonts to highlight a design. There is a unique challenge in balancing the messy and the clean, which lends a sort of organized chaos to my work. One way I achieve this is through the use of layering and repetition. The best example of this kind of work can be found in my cover of “Disintegration” by The Cure, where there is clearly a lot going on, but since there are repeating forms and opaque layers, it is not overwhelming. I also often include my photography, challenging myself to make it successfully interact with type and illustrations, giving a deeper layer and a new story. For example, the cover of “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, I cropped very closely an image of an arm from a larger photograph I took, added a contour line drawing on top of it, a vignette around the edges, and type in a complementary color. The thing I love most about design is the psychology behind it, and how you can make people feel a certain mood or emotion based strictly on the deliberate choices you make in your design process.


Meghan Lamb

Meghan Lamb Senior Art Capstone