Is there still a role for designers in the music world? | IdN Issue v20n3


IdN v20n3: Music Graphic Issue

The music industry is facing a major disconnect with its visual heritage as listeners switch to digital downloading. But some designers are hanging in there — they tell us why and how.

When the music has to stop — or does it?
Recorded music has always been packaged, from the very earliest days when wax cylinders came in cardboard tubes, and has therefore always involved designers. In the palmy days of vinyl LPs with sometimes stunning cover art and often erudite liner notes, the presentation was almost as important as the product.

But with the industry morphing so rapidly into the field of digital-download delivery, where do the graphics come in now? This is a burning question for all those working in the area of visually representing music. To see what their answers are, read this feature story, which solicits the views of seven specialist music designers.

Telegramme Studio | Invisible Creature, Inc. | IWant Design | Daniel Reed | Matteo Meta | Leif Podhajsky | Giottographica

Daniel Reed




Invisible Creature, Inc.


IWant Design


Leif Podhajsky


Matteo Meta


Telegramme Studio



Creative Country: Brazil

Self-expression flourishes again in samba-land

Long recovered from its decades of military dictatorship and artistic repression, Brazilian design is drawing on its “wealth of graphic icons, clothes, colours and identities” to show the world that it still has what it takes to make a visual impact. The nation’s natural instincts of self-expression are being brought into play at the very moment that attention is most closely focused on it with the upcoming football World Cup and Olympic Games due to place it in the forefront of the global media glare. Can today’s generation of Brazilian designers live up to their country’s status as an emerging economic giant?

Lebre Azul | Misprinted Type | ps.2 | Sinlogo | Studio Campo | Zansky


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IdNv20n3: Music Graphic Issue

Motion Gallery: Art Direction
Feature: Music Graphic
Creative Country: Brazil
Studio: Names to Note from HK, PA and SF
Idea: Particular Palettes

116 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process + spot UV + vanish
Online access to included

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. (

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