Album Cover Design for the Chinese rock band Chinos

Shangning Wang has worked on the Art direction, illustration and editorial design of the Chinese rock band Chinos’s new album cover. Shangning Wang is an award winning graphic designer, illustrator, and all around creative. He is currently living in New York City. He focuses on commercial art, typography, illustration, branding, poster design and exhibition design. He also sits on the jury for a number of design contests.
Chinos is a British pop rock band in Modern Sky Entertainment.

“Designers play vital roles in music industry. Majority of people follow the visual games set by designers. Graphic designers not only design the album covers, not only make the music videos, we also design audiences’ visual memory of the music.” ~ Shangning Wang

Songs and illustrations, dreams and memories. Chinos’ new album is modern fairy tales. This project aims to demonstrate and visualize Chinos’ songs. The theme of this album is “dreams and fairy tale”. Some research on dreams suggests that the vast majority of people actually used to dream in black and white, which means there are no popping colors to draw focus. In order to demonstrate and visualize Chinos’ songs. Shangning Wang decided to combine black and white illustrations with flexible layout to express its spirits. The partnership of black and white in the illustrations is an ideal match of opposites. The purity of white, coupled with the mystery of black, shows a balance on the eyes which can produce a powerful emotional response, so elements such as type, illustrations and graphics take on an added importance.

“I wish to remind the audiences of their own dreams, hoping to make them stop for a minute, and start to create their fairy tales.” ~ Shangning Wang

The album cover has been selected into the Semifinalists in the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards ADAA 2016 Honorable Mention.

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (