god, that scene in Wings of War when Hiccup and Astrid are up on the seastack and she’s telling him they might have to accept hurting the dragons, and he just looks at her, and I’ve had moments like that in every relationship I’ve ever been in and it just totally broke my heart.
F/o: Don’t listen to what anyone else says, i love you Y/n, no one in this entire galaxy could change that fact. Never doubt for a second that you are the only thing on my mind, the only thing keeping me sane, keeping me grounded. So what if we don’t match to other people? They can mind their own damn buisness because you are the only person i want to be with. God, i love you so much Y/n, i wish i could tell you that every second of the day so you’ll never forget.
On B.A.P’s “Blue” and what makes a good album cover
So the album cover for Blue was released last night, and while I have my doubts about the design I’m not all that surprised that this is what we got. K-pop in general has a lot of album covers of questionable quality, due to the incredibly high amount of album/single releases the industry has every year. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re not allowed to criticise them rather than ignoring them.
Still, instead of making more memes about the unmotivated album covers TS has given us in the past year, I thought I’d make a quick post on what makes a good album cover, and why TS’ album covers are worth criticising.
All general rules of graphic design aside, there are some key qualities an album’s cover art should have in order to do an artist justice, and here they are:
The cover art should be easily discernible/stand out.
The cover art should be memorable.
The cover art should describe the artist or the album in some way (either the sound or the message promoted).
The cover art should be minimalistic/uncluttered (this is not so much a rule as it is a tendency found in good modern examples. Minimalism has become highly favoured in media today and it’s easier to make a piece of album art that has the previous qualities using the minimalist approach).
So with that in mind, let’s have a look at the cover art TS Entertainment released for Blue, and keep the desired qualities in mind:
Now, on a personal level I actually don’t mind these designs. I think they’re quite pretty and soothing to look at. From a design perspective, however, these have flaws. So let’s look at how they pertain to the points I mentioned earlier.
The cover art should be easily discernible/stand out. Imagine if you were in a record shop and you were scanning the new releases for something to listen to (already I’ve dated myself, but bear with me). Would this design pop? If you were standing 10 meters (or 30 feet) away from this cover would you be able to see what it was? It’d probably just look like a vague blue blob, and unless the other albums were completely devoid of colour and blue happened to be your favourite colour, you probably wouldn’t pay this cover art much attention.
The cover art should be memorable. If the cover art has caught someone’s eye in the first place it needs to have some part that is visually memorable.Some part that sticks with them so that they’ll have an image in their mind when they think of the album. Personally and on a wider scale, I don’t think there’s anything in this cover that has that ability, but for individual people it might be different.
The cover art should describe the artist or the album in some way. This is what this album cover does best. We can’t assume anything entirely until the album has been released and we’ve heard the songs, but from the teasers and descriptions we’ve gotten it seems like the album resonates quite well with the cover art. The fresh and breezy blue works with the summer-y feel of the album and the sky matches the message about freedom that we’ve heard this album will be about. Additionally, the crescent moon/eclipse theme works with the title song’s name, Honeymoon, and the release date of the teaser.
The cover art should be minimalistic/uncluttered. The art is definitely minimalistic, which is what I think a lot of people like about it. It’s got that relaxing summer aesthetic feel going for it which is nice, but this point was more of a means to an end, and I don’t think the design reached the end.
So why do I think this design is disappointing?
The purpose of any album cover is to advertise the album in question, it’s a part of an artist’s marketing scheme. We know that TS Entertainment fumbles a lot when it comes to marketing their artists and this is no different. Good cover art will stand out and become imprinted in people’s minds, making them more likely to buy the album or share it with friends, which is why I dislike the fact that TS has given us very little as far as cover art goes in the last year.
This is not something that is B.A.P’s fault, or even the people hired to design the album cover. It is completely to blame on TS. We know TS has more than enough money to promote and invest in B.A.P, because B.A.P is a famous group that makes a lot of money for their company. But the truth is that TS aren’t willing to invest more than the bare minimum in B.A.P (this isn’t really a good business strategy for them, but they’ve always been bad at running a company). Pointing out and reflecting on what we dislike about the album design is just another part of being willing to criticise things we think aren’t good.
If someone got through this post and is interested, I’d be happy to add onto it and talk about some examples of album cover art done well (both from B.A.P and other groups), because I think it’s a fun opportunity to learn and discuss it.
When I first saw the image of the gem, I saw it paired with captions expressing the impact it had on black folks so I immediately saw the connection they were making it to being an example of stereotypical racist imagery (e.g. black face, g*lliw*g, m*mmy etc.) - the description (“can’t read :(”) next to the original image shared certainly didn’t make it any better.
I haven’t been able to keep track of everything that’s been said, and I haven’t been able to finish this video by two black SU fans (SwaggyThunder and SliceOfOtaku) who I watch on occasion, but the first post I saw about it was enough to make me listen (and learn from it).
Honestly, I’m bewildered by how many people are trying to defend and/or dismiss the drawing - or rather, why’d you want to defend it. (mind you… internalised racism and the constant learnt dismissal of it is probably ‘how’ and ‘why’)
In my opinion, and this doesn’t just apply to this issue that’s risen, it doesn’t matter what the intention behind it was, the impact is enough and even if I’m, a white person, am not personally impacted by it, that doesn’t mean others aren’t. It’s our place, as white people/people who aren’t black, to listen to those deeply negatively impacted and to empathise/listen!
I would say ‘spread the word’ as well, but I feel that would be hypocritical of me as regrettably I didn’t share posts discussing the issue (I am very sorry for that) but fortunately, the crewniverse (specifically Lamar Abrams) and Rebecca Sugar have recently spoken up, apologised on their twitter/tumblr profiles and taken immediate action (after their apology was made) in making sure the drawing is removed from future printings of the Arts & origin book it was featured in - people’s genuine concerns were listened to, and I’ve seen folks like SliceOfOtaku expressed he was glad for a compassionate response and I am also glad the crewniverse did so and changes are happening because of it!
I know the SU Critical side of the fandom has gotten to the nerves of a lot of people (I must admit I can be agitated by it too) but when it comes to racism or anything discriminatory/prejudice like that, it’s important to listen, to empathise, to have compassion, to try and make a change for the better - in order to benefit everybody.
It will continue to confuse me how, a show that reinforces all those lessons, can have such a toxic fandom that continues to go against those lessons (and even intersectionality).
Even if I disagree with some points made by SU critical on other matters, I still believe it’s okay to call out/criticise the shows/films/people/etc. you like. It can result in better things, again, that can benefit everybody.
I think that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter. I probably won’t discuss this further as I don’t want my voice to be heard over those who are directly impacted by such issues.
if i said anything insensitive or rude please let me know/correct me ahh
So I’m talking to a friend and workmate the other day, discussing the fact that I’m getting a Harry Potter-themed tattoo next week, and another workmate walks up and asks us what we’re talking about. I tell her because I’m excited about it, and she gets this look on her face. You know the look. The judgmental, sort of disgusted, I’m-about-to-ridicule-you look.
“You do realise that you’re in your 30′s, don’t you?” she says, trying not to smirk.
“So?” I answer, doing my best to hide how deflated and uncomfortable she just made me feel. “What does that matter?”
I say this aloud. But my thoughts, going over it in my head later? (Because of course I’m still fretting about it later. Stupid brain.)
I’m sorry, but I don’t support people who watch the Camp Camp episodes that are out for members first without paying Rooster Teeth to watch it. RT puts so much time and work into that show and everything else they do. They provide entertainment for us and they deserve to be credited for it.
You are your own definition of beautiful and worthwhile…that is what you are!…I think that we mistake our mistakes for damage and we think other people will judge us for them, but I want you to know that the way that I see mistakes, they don’t make you damaged…they make you CLEAN.
This isn’t my audio…I found it on YouTube and thought that what she said is so true and important! We all need to remember these things about ourselves and don’t ever let anyone make you believe differently!
Tagged by @taeminihyuk (when will she stop blessing us with her breathtaking selfies? like you can stop now *read: don’t*) and @myuux2 (aaah this is so late)
1) Nicknames: Mel or Lissa (two halves of my name! i think they’re both really cute) 2) Gender: female 3) Star sign: capricorn 4) Height: 5′6 (i think?? idek anymore…turns out i’m a lot shorter than i thought!) 5) Time: 3:49 am 6) Birthday: January 4 7) Favourite bands: SHINee, EXO, Urban Zakapa, VIXX, BAP, LOONA, SEVENTEEN 8) Favourite solo artists: Kwon Jinah, Lee Hi, Ailee 9) Song stuck in my head: Taemin - Door