Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

May 28th 2013 | Design Inspiration

Designing a good album cover is a tough task. Graphic designers who deal with this challenge have to come up with a design that will please the musicians, the label people, the crowd and their own artistic integrity. Sometimes the result is mesmerizing, and sometimes it’s… well, terrifying. We all had our fair share of encounters with terrible album covers. You stare at it and wonder how something so wrong could have made it through all stages of production.

This is what happened to us after we came across the following covers. Some of them are so bizarre that we’re actually starting to like them. Have a look and see for yourself:

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

We fail to understand the artistic value of distorting St. Vincent’s face like that

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

This ameba belongs under a microscope, not on a cover

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

No, this is not from the 80’s. It’s from 2009. No excuses

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

We get it – Black Sabbath are scary and tough. But what did the baby ever do to anyone?

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

This left us speechless

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

Chuck Berry on a picture of berries… now that’s what we like to call creative!

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

Hot dogs in space? And the construction guys? What’s going on here??
This never would have happened if Young was still in the mix

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

For the record, the Stones are one of our favorite bands. That’s why we don’t understand how anyone could ever replace Mick Jagger with a donkey

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

Is it a water park? Is it a plumbing crisis? No, it’s Dolly Parton!

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

The cover says it all – The higher they climb the harder they fall

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

Inspired by alien insects? Or a warrior goat?

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

Attila the Hun meets the Chippendales for an unfortunate photo shoot

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

We don’t want to look

Design Fails: Worst Album Covers Ever

Stay Hungry? We just lost our appetite for good