The 50 best record sleeves of 2015
Covers for Blur, Bjork and Kendrick Lamar are among 50 sleeves shortlisted in Art Vinyl’s annual cover design competition.
Art Vinyl has compiled its annual shortlist of the 50 best record sleeve designs of the year, which are being put to a public vote in a bid to find the winner.
Art Vinyl has been running its Best Art Vinyl competition for ten years, and this year’s shortlist includes Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Blur’s The Magic Whip and Bjork’s Vulnicura.
The nominations were chosen by a panel which featured Scott Bendall of La Boca, Davey Spence of Boat Studios, artist Dan Hillier and others.
You can see the full shortlist below and vote for your favourite designs at
The winning designs will be announced on 7 January 2016.
Audio – Shatterdome. Design by Filthy Media Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs. Cover design by Dan Osborn Joanna Newsom – Divers. Cover features Wildflowers 52i by artist Kim Keever Kate Boy – One Digital. Cover 3D design by Lee Griggs Paul Heaton and Jaqui Abott – Wisdom Laughter and Lines. Artwork by Salvador Design Stealing Sheep – Not Real. Photography by Charlotte Rutherford, design by Louise Mason. Purity Ring – Another Eternity. Illustrations by Tallulah Fontaine, Photography by Renata Raksha, Layout Alison Fielding & Tallulah Fontaine The Decemberists – What a Terrible World What a Beautiful World. Illustration & Lettering Carson Ellis. Photography Autumn de Wilde. Design by Jeri Heiden & Glen Nakasako, Smog Design Inc Shami – Ratchet. Design & Illustration by Mike Zimmerman Darkstar – Foam Island. Photography by James Medcraft Design – Build New Order – Music Complete. Design by Peter Saville The Milk – Favourite Worry. Photography by Julian Winslow. Design by Animisiewasz Startt. Belle and Sebastian – Peacetime. Photography by Stuart Murdoch Sleeve Design by Emma Howlett Dodheimsgaard – Umbra Omega. Photography by Erik Aspass Graphic Design by Pia Isaksen Membranes – Dark Matter Dark Energy. Painting “The Nighmare” by John Henry Fuseli. Design by Altmarkcreative Black Rivers – Black Rivers. Illustration & Design Matthew Cooper; Logo design Jason Hyde Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh. Artwork by Alex De Mora Royce Wood Junior – The Ashen Tang. Design by Jonny Epstein Clark – Clark. Photography and concept by Alma Haser Lapalux – Lustmore. Cover art Marielle Tepper Blur – The Magic Whip. Cover art, vinyl art direction and design Tony Hung Battles – La Di Da Di. Art Direction & Design by Dave Konopka, Photography by Lesley Unruh Icky Blossom – Mask. Artwork by Derek Pressnall. Layout by Zac Nipper Moire – Gel EP. Artwork by Disguise/Neversleep Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – The Third. Concept and design Kitty, Daisy Lewis, Photography Ben Veasey Cheatahs – Mythologies. Artwork and cover design by Spencer at Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables and Marc Raue Leftfield – Alternative Light Source. Cover Image ‘School (Classroom)’ 1989 by Mark Wallinger Fourtet – Morning/Evening. Photography Jason Evans, Design by Matthew Cooper and Jason Evans Hotchip – Why Make Sense. Artwork by Nick Relph layout and design by Matthew Cooper Tamaryn – Cranekiss. Artwork by Shaun Durkan Harmlessness – The World is a Beautiful Place. Cover Photography by Jade Downer And So I Watch You from Afar – Heirs. Artwork layout Sonny Kay Blend Mishkin – Survival Of The Fittest. Cover design by Ben Menter. Logo Design by QBMix Death and Vanilla – To Where the Wild Things Are. Artwork by Anders Hansson Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree. Artist – Bjorn Bauer Everything Everything – Get To Heaven Artwork. Illustrated by Andrew Archer. Design by Jonny Costello, Adult Art Club Jamiexx – InColour. Artwork by Jamie Smith & Phil Lee Squeeze – Cradle to the Grave. Design & Art Direction Stylorouge, Photography Rob O’Connor Tame Impala– Currents. Cover concept by Kevin Parker Artwork and Design by Robert Beatty Mercury Rev – The Light in You. Photography Alise Marie. Design Luke Jarvis Bjork – Vulnicura. Cover character by Bjork, headpiece and cape by Maiko Takeda, photography by Inez and Vinoodh Father John Misty – I Love You Honey Bear. Photography Emma Tillman. Design by Alia Penner Years & Years – Communion. Artwork by Andy Hayes Dave Gilmour – Rattle That Lock. Cover Design Dave Stansbie for Creative Corporation, Original landscape photography by Rupert Truman/Storm Studios The Pre New – The Male Eunuch. Original painting by Gary Andrew Clark. Sleeve design by Craig Burston and Skipratmedia Steven A Clark – The Lonely Roller. Photography by Nick Simonite, Art Direction & Design by Miles Johnson Drenge – Undertow. Photography Donald Milne Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp a Butterfly. Art Direction Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free, Vlad Sepetov Petite Noire – La Vie Est Belle. Cover artwork Lina Viktor Creative Direction by Rochelle Nembhard Design layout Matthew Cooper
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Linden – Rest and Be Thankful. Artwork by Jim Lambie