0603, Diagonal Records, 2013–16
Seven album covers designed by Guy Featherstone represent music with abstract shapes and typography. He explains, "I'd examine the music and try to work out, almost through a process of synesthesia really, what does that sound ‘feel' like? What does it look like? And it's not just the sound, it's the ‘experience' of listening to that music. How can I visualize that sonic terrain?" Diagonal Records produces electronic dance tracks, post-punk, and noise music.
ON WALL Album Cover Flats
Guy Featherstone (British, born 1974) for Diagonal Records (London, UK, founded 2011); Offset lithograph; Courtesy of Guy Featherstone
Russell Haswell: 37 Minute Workout (DIAG007), 2014
Thick horizontal and diagonal lines in black, red, and green correspond with an underlying grid of dots.
Shit and Shine: Powder Horn (DIAG012), 2013
Black text on a bright green background is obscured by white dripping shapes.
Consumer Electronics: Repetition Reinforcement (DIAG019), 2015
Even, horizontal slabs of color (black, orange, and blue) stack up across the surface in a staggered rhythm.
Not Waving: Animals (DIAG025), 2016
A bright orange background is covered with a grid of thin black lines. Pink, green, and striped or dotted shapes are layered on top.
IN CASE Album Covers
Guy Featherstone (British, born 1974) for Diagonal Records (London, UK, founded 2011); Offset lithograph; Museum purchase
Shit and Shine: Shit and Shine (DIAG004), 2013
Back: A black fly sits near a white star-like shape on a yellow background. Front: Letters made from abstract shapes spell out "Shit & Shine."
Skull Defekts: Street Metal (DIAG014), 2014
Back: A white box sits on a black background. Front: A green box is surrounded by exploding shards of white on a black background. Letters spelling out "STREET METAL" appear on front and back.
Green Gums: Black Tongue EP (DIAG020), 2015
Back and front: A circle inside a square is the centerpoint of a black-and-white arrangement of dotted and striped shapes.
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