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Taylor Swift’s New Cover Art Is Criticized For Bad Graphic Design
By Izza Sofia, 24 Aug 2017
America’s sweetheart has opted for a decidedly edgier look for her new cover. Taylor Swift poses in a battered-looking, loose-fitting gray sweater with a zig-zag stitch detail on her right shoulder and a chain choker necklace, looking more like a rebel than she has ever been. She also opted for a slicked-back beachy wave rather than her perfect bob and bangs.
The background of the black and white album cover has multiple layers of text consists of different fonts and opacity, displaying the artist’s name. The internet was almost instantly flooded with a wide and diverse array of opinions and theories. Some people, even self-proclaimed ‘Swifties’, were not feeling it at all.
Others tried to read into what it may mean for her ongoing feud with Kanye West. The most hilarious takes were those who compared the artwork to other famous album covers of the past. One Twitter user said, “While I’m looking forward to the single I cannot believe Taylor Swift’s “dark era” aesthetic is 2004 Myspace “punk phase.” Another user said, “Damn this is some real high school yearbook level graphic design shit..”
What is clear, however, is that Swift is ready to reclaim and reinvent her image with her upcoming record. She has chosen a ripped-and-repaired look that at least from the top half, is more grunge than glam. Swift looks like someone who has been through hell and back.
Previously the only font that made me feel anything was Comic Sans (rage), but that Taylor Swift album cover's making me anxious.— Vincent J Ives (@vinceives) August 23, 2017
I see Taylor Swift is going through her 2006 emo MySpace phase— jnthn (@itsjnthn_) August 23, 2017
[via Mashable, opening image via YouTube]
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