ART ON ATCN: Museum of 'Bad' Album Covers

I recently stumbled across a website that has a museum full of 'bad' album artwork.
A question I get asked all the time is "do you get frustrated by bad design?" The answer is NO. What is bad design? How do you define it? In my eyes there are no rules, it's just an opinion. What is Art? What is design? Is beauty without depth just decoration? Someone once told me that "Art poses a question about society and Design attempts to be/is the answer." Here are a few quotes from designers/artists that have inspired me:

"Style = Fart" – Stefan Sagmeister

"Think more, design less." – Ellen Lupton

Ideas make design distinctive and identity, function, aesthetics and value make design work." – Pentagram

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." – Buckminster Fuller



*Look at more covers here: Museum of Bad Album Covers


Anonymous said...

BIG POST! Made me smile!

the album covers are soooooooooooooooooooooooooo wack!

im gonna check out the website!

Anonymous said...

Is Swamp Dogg Mc Hammer's alter-ego?

NO-BIZZI said...


DELS (Kieren Dickins) said...

When I was working for Multistorey Design I was bored at lunch and searched 'Bad design' via google... this is what came up. It made me laugh. ive been wanting to post it for ages.

DELS (Kieren Dickins) said...

I have seen the Millie Jackson - 'back to the shit' cover in the record shop across the road from YOYO before! LOL

Shenanigan said...
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Shenanigan said...

I too discovered Millie amongst my ma's record collection as a child.

She has the best covers! No one can test her!

so bad it's good!

Anonymous said...

this is one of the best posts i have ever seen online. clasic!

keep posts like this coming dels.
interesting debate about what is good/bad design. im not getting involved tho... im itching to write an essay about this topic on here.

big yourselves ATCN! You do it big every week.

Anonymous said...

Brap brap brap!!!

Anonymous said...

Horrifically genius!

But it got me thinking...What ever happened to the album cover?

These days it seems all the art has been taken out of the album cover artwork. Its all just a hermogenous, generic yawn.

big post!

Anonymous said...

ALL of Cash Money's & No Limit's album covers shouldve been in that museum/website! they were all so weak.

i remember seeing Juvenile & lil wayne standing in flames as tall as houses. in the background were policemen sitting on horses and crack heads sucking the pipe in the background. those covers made me not want to visit my cousins in New Orleans....

then Katrina hit. dam

clav said...

Let Me Touch Him.


Ms. Understood said...

all my friends are dead.



Ms. Understood said...


Ms. Understood said...

even the beatles did it once

Jamin said...

damn u think thats bad u shud see some of the ones in my collection.. altho if u ask me the cheesier, the better.. one of the illest i have has to be a cover with one half of a toilet with a caption that reads "music for half-assed friends"

LA Trash said...

scorpions - love drive has to be the best album cover ive ever seen LOL

Anonymous said...

What about the Game records (Royce 5 9,etc) 12" covers, dope!! (not for everyone though!!lol)

whateveryouwantittosay said...

lmao! wow, that's all I can say. WOW!