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2017 Album Covers Get Mocked As The Work Of Underpaid Design Interns

By Mikelle Leow, 27 Oct 2017


Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background screenshots via alienpinecone

Could 2017 be the year of iffy graphic design? All hell seemed to break loose when Taylor Swift released an emo-ish album cover design—and just when you thought that was it, music artistes such as Kendrick Lamar and Camila Cabello have hit the scene with their own versions of Myspace profile-worthy covers.



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The Photoshop rookie jokes are a gift that just keeps giving. Recently, Selena Gomez teased her new single with an image of its cover over Twitter, and it might seem like a pretty rushed job to some.

Selena Gomez’s Wolves cover features a grainy cut-out of the singer with her sidekicks, DJ Marshmello and a wolf. A moon takes over what was supposed to be a letter ‘O.’



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Noting this year’s design faux pax trend is Twitter user and artist Kitty Alexa, who humorously labels the designs of Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, and Selena Gomez’s album covers as “the holy trinity of unpaid graphic design interns.”

Ruth Hamilton of Creative Bloq wonders if the “terrible” designs of late could be intentional.

“The argument goes that we’re so saturated with visuals, what might traditionally be considered ‘good’ graphic design just gets lost. To stand out (and gain kudos with the millennial market), brands are opting for designs so bad that they're impossible to ignore.”

Designer Wim Hovens famously said, “Good design is in all the things you notice. Great design is in all the things you don’t.” Perhaps the creators of these album covers have a logical reason for making them look a certain way, considering the attention they’ve garnered from their target audience.



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