Hipgnosis - 30 best album cover designs

by Bob Coyne
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Back in 2017, I ventured down to London to see the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A. It was well worth the trip and on the way out I picked up a new book about the design agency Hipgnosis. For those unaware, Hipgnosis started out in 1968 by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson, later to be joined by Peter Christopherson in 1974. Many might recognise the name of Thorgerson for his photography on Pink Floyd albums and a lot of Hipgnosis covers were based around photography. You may also recognise Christopherson as Sleazy from Throbbing Gristle. Anyone interested in design or photography should pick up the book for its stories of shoots in exotic locations and the techniques that pre-date the Apple Mac and desktop publishing. Many covers were designed to work as a gatefold vinyl sleeve.

Here are 30 of their best covers. Some you will know well but they've been chosen for their design over the music contained within. (Interesting fact: Number 6 on this list is a metal band called UFO and the two people on the cover are in fact Cosi Fanni Tutti and Genesis P Orridge of Throbbing Gristle.) Click an album below to read a review

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