It was due to my undying dedication to The Great Discontent, and their recent interview with design studio Invisible Creature, that I came across this gem of an album cover created by Invisible Creature for The Lonely Hearts' Paper Tapes album.
I wish I had access to the rationale and process behind this piece. ...and also the reason for the name of the album. Despite lacking these things, it's easy to infer that the way each element has been styled to look as if it's been shaped out of paper is a reference to the name of the album — Paper Tapes.
I'm unsure to what the American flag and roses in the piece reference, but it's certain that the paper styling of each of these elements is flawless. While I do wonder how this effect was achieved, the excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail given to each element leaves only room for speculation. If any Photoshop trickery was, in fact, employed, there is certainly no obvious evidence of it — and that's exactly how it should be!
The minimal, white color palette is fresh, sophisticated, and subdued. It allows the sculptural beauty of the paper flag and roses to take center stage. The dimension created by the roses and wrinkles in the flag add visual interest and a tactile quality to the piece. As a designer, I can imagine the paper making up each design element to feel rich, velvety, and luxurious. Also, the embossed treatment of the words "Paper Tapes" is simply gorgeous.