Data + Design Project

What Was Happening Outside the Border of Famous Album Covers? Very Strange Things.

Monday 11.10.2014 , Posted by
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Album cover art used to be a key part of any music purchase, and even though the era of CDs and vinyl is largely gone, those carefully crafted images can still transport us back to the day we first took a listen.

But what if those album covers weren’t telling the full story? The folks at Aptitude recently imagined what was happening outside the borders of famous covers… and it turns out our favorite musicians were as wild as we hoped. [Read more…]


The Back Side of Famous Album Covers

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks? [Read more…]


Charting the Beatles: Nerdy Designs Indulge in Obsessive Minutia about the Fab Four

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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For the past three years, Pop Chart Lab has been producing stellar infographics on a ridiculous range of subjects. Graphics include such topics as beer, kitchen utensils, and superpowers. PCL’s business goal reads, “to render all of human experience in chart form.”  Last week, the Brooklyn based company released Volume 3 in their series of infographics about the Beatles, completing a nice little set. [Read more…]


Vintage Prints From Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

Saturday 11.17.2012 , Posted by

In celebration of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary 50by70 has published the first ever set of fine art prints of the colorful illustrations from the classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. The prints come with a booklet written by Simpsons writer and producer, Josh Weinstein, whose career in animation was inspired by this film. Sounds like the perfect gift for the animator or Beatles’ fan who has everything! [Read more…]


Abbey Road Gets A Live Webcam!

Monday 01.09.2012 , Posted by

Few if any street crossings can claim the same world renown as the one on Abbey Road. The famous “zebra crossing,” known for gracing the cover of the Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road, has become something of a pilgrimage for fans the world over. They arrive daily to capture similar pictures of themselves crossing the street in iconic Fab Four fashion, sometimes by themselves, sometimes in groups numbering in the hundreds. Now Abbey Road Studios, the building credited with most of the Beatles albums and single recordings (along with many acts like Pink Floyd and Badfinger) has installed a live webcam facing the famous street crossing. [Read more…]


Charting the Beatles Notable Instruments

Saturday 08.20.2011 , Posted by

These beautiful illustrations by Oliver Barrett depict the legendary Beatles and their most notable instruments. “I chose to create complex portraits of each member from my favorite era of their careers,” he says. “In addition to the portraits, I depicted each member’s array (or lack of in Ringo’s case) of instruments through vector silhouettes.” Barrett is a desinger and an illustrator who hales from Cleveland, Ohio. Say hi to him on twitter and take a look at his flickr account. [Read more…]