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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:

  1. The cover art should be easily discernible/stand out.
  2. The cover art should be memorable.
  3. The cover art should describe the artist or the album in some way (either the sound or the message promoted).
  4. 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.

anonymous asked:

ngl i wasn't sure about the mon-el hate but like??? not only does he abandon his lover to die, he consistently disrespects his CURRENT gf (kara) and lies??? why is she the bad guy? didn't he literally own slaves??? how are people okay with this man???

i’ll give u three guesses, tho i’m sure u’ll only need one

anonymous asked:

Where them drawings at, fag? I want moar (pls don't get offended though your cool dud)

I realized that doing shitty little doodles and posting them wasn’t really helping me practice the basics which I SORELY needed to practice, so I just started doing smaller doodles and a lot of body study and the like. I want to get to a place with my drawings where I feel confident with my abilities so unfortunately for a while there might not be anything major, please undustandu.

That being said here’s a shitty little doodle of Hollow Knight, he’s cute.

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Why aren’t more people on tumblr talking about the UK right now?

The Government, within two weeks of being elected, have:

  • said they’re going to abolish the human rights act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, which really could be anything??
  • appointed a woman who previously opposed same sex marriage as the new equality minister
  • planned on introducing the ‘Snooper’s charter’, which would allow the Government to see every website you go on (etc), and potentially block any apps or sites that use encryption to back up data (adios whasapp), unless they’re given a ‘back door’ to access the data, which could easily be exploited by people such as hackers etc
  • appointed a man who called for the return of hanging (in 1998) as the new justice secretary

It’s not even been two weeks. 

@people who get pissy when mcu doesn’t follow comic book canon to the letter, have you considered the following alternatives:

- Petting a dog

- Looking at the clouds

- Eating some toast

- Going back to your comics and being happy about interesting, alternative storylines instead of acting like you’re somehow superior to people who haven’t read them

- Taking a nap