February 22, 2017 - No Comments!

Life is Killing me – artwork redesign

As a tribute to the late Peter Steele and his band Type O Negative, I did a redesign of the album Life is Killing me from 2003.

I wanted to explore how small changes in the design would give it the same recognition, but with a more modern feel to it.

I've always liked the concept behind the album covers from Type O Negative. They have always been consistent with placement of the typography and the use of the green colour. Just by giving them a quick glimpse you immediately recognise it's a Type O Negative album.

"Type o Negative - Life is Killing me" original artwork

"Type o Negative - Life is Killing me" Original artwork

The idea behind the redesign

With all the work I do, I go by the principle of less is more. A cliché perhaps, but I strongly believe in its power to communicate the correct message.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Basically, I analyzed every album cover Type O Negative ever released. I added all the important elements from the classic Type O-feeling into my design and removed any unnecessary effects. The idea was to put both covers next to each other and immediately tell what's new and what's old.

Type of Negative - Life is Killing me album artwork  redesign

My tribute and take on "Type of Negative - Life is Killing me" album artwork redesign

Published by: Daniel Eek in Art and Design

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