Nominated Art Directors –
The nominees in this category include art directors who were responsible for creating the principal images used on record album covers.
Art directors (AKA “ADs”) are responsible for what promotional materials – in this case, album art and packaging – ultimately look like. Their
goal is to create covers and packages that are instantly recognizable and, if done well, have enough positive impact on the consumer/music fan that they are
motivated to support the musical act associated with the imagery by buying their music, related merchandise and to attend concerts, if applicable.
The art director will, in most cases, assemble and then manage a team that will work on a project – within the confines of the project’s budget – from the
time that they first meet with the client up to and through the product’s release. This team might include: a writer (to create a brief to present to their
client for review and approval), a designer (responsible for the overall design, however it is determined that it will be created) and project specialists
including illustrators, painters, photographers, typographers, packaging designers, etc. The art director may also take on one or more of the roles
previously listed, as well. Depending on the size/scope/budget of the project and whether the AD is a record label or agency employee (vs. working
freelance), the AD may also work under the supervision of the project’s Creative Director, or these two positions may be one in the same.
We’ve listed the nominees alphabetically and have included a short list of examples of their work, along with link to sources of additional information about the nominees’ backgrounds.
Please note – in most cases, the nominee’s portfolio of music industry-related work goes well beyond the samples listed next to his/her name and will usually include: a) works that were used elsewhere in/on a musical act’s record (back cover, inside gatefold, CD booklet, etc.), b) newspaper/magazine/book illustrations, and c) related uses (merchandise, gig posters, etc.). While a nominee’s work might be exceptional in any/all of those categories, we’re asking voters to stay focused on the nominee’s album cover works. We are not able to list all of a nominees works, as some have produced hundreds or thousands of examples, so if you’d like to view more of a nominee’s work in this area, we invite you to visit the links provided, or reference one of the many books/web sites used during the research phase of the ACHOF nominating process.