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Weekly Inspiration — 7 (Moonlight Club - Words in Gold EP)

Hey everyone! We’re at the end of another week, so I thought I’d round things out with a quick weekly inspiration post. This week, we’re going to look at some album artwork made for the EP Words In Gold by the Montreal-based band The Moonlight Club. The artwork itself is made by fellow Montreal natives Par Hasard.

As you can see by the image above. The artwork depicts clouds over a sun (or possibly a moon — hence “Moonlight Club”). While many might think that the artwork itself is a bit derivative of the all-too-popular “dribbble aesthetic” (stereotypically abstract, simplistic, flat shapes) I’m gonna go ahead and say that I think that this piece is a bit more special. The shapes seem like they’re practically jumping off the cover, right? Here’s why:

An interesting way to approach this kind of work, for sure.

An interesting way to approach this kind of work, for sure.

Yep. The reason this piece feels a bit different is because it is. Rather than taking this job straight into Illustrator, like many would, Par Hasard switches things up in a very physical and tactile way. As you can see, each element in the design is its own real, tangible object that was painted and laid out in a deliberate manner. They've most definitely made something similar to the dribbble style, but rather than doing something digital that might look nearly too perfect (like a lot of work made in that style), they've made something that's much more human. 

That’s what makes this piece special, in my opinion. I believe that Par Hasard’s work here should be a reminder to designers everywhere. Sometimes, in order to cultivate a certain feeling or aesthetic, the correct design solution might require that we do something outside of the traditional methods that digital design has seemingly “set in stone.”

Honestly, this would look really cool hanging on my wall or something too...

Honestly, this would look really cool hanging on my wall or something too...

This week’s weekly inspiration is just a quick one, but as always I hope it gives you guys some sort of new perspective on the way things can be done.

 

Until next time!

Mason Weis