This piece was done for one of my beginner graphic design classes. Also, right around this time, I had started listening to Fall Out Boy. For this assignment we had to take inspiration from Mike Joyce’s Swissted project. Swissted is an ongoing project that combines Bauhaus style designs for old concert and music posters. It’s honestly one of my favorite design series and Mike Joyce is one of my favorite designers. For this project, my Professor told us to each pick an album and following Joyce’s example, turn it into a Bauhaus inspired poster design. So I chose to do my Bauhaus inspired design on Fall Out Boy’s album Save Rock and Roll, which was their first album after coming back from a three year hiatus. On the left is my Save Rock and Roll inspired poster and on the right is Fall Out Boy’s actual album cover design (not my image, property of Island and Decaydance Records).
I started this piece by looking at what colors took up most of the design. I noticed that two of the main colors were black and maroon. I also noticed several different browns and the white of the text and the smoke. I tried to balance the black and maroon as they were in the original album artwork. I added a thick black vertical line to the left, and a slightly thinner horizontal maroon line at the top. I also used maroon as an accent color to prevent the piece from being too bland. I chose two different tans, one darker, one lighter, both very similar to the ground in the album artwork and broke it up into two big chunks since the ground is a large area in the original artwork. The darker brown that I used for some of the thinner lines was taken from the blurred part of the background. The white in most of the text is taken from the white of the text in the album art. The grey-blue of the “Save Rock” was taken from the left boy’s jeans.
The font for the Fall Out Boy on the left of my design, is very similar to that of the actual album art. I wanted to keep the primary font as close to the original as I could so that it would translate between the two images. I chose the font for “Save Rock and Roll” different from the title font, because I wanted the band name to be the primary focus of the design. I chose that font because it was a sans serif like the original, but not as serious as the typeface used for the band name. Looking back now, I might have chosen a different typeface for “Save Rock and Roll” but I don’t mind the font I chose a few years ago.
I don’t remember if I listened to the album specifically while working on this piece, but it’s influences can be seen in the original artwork which is where I got my inspiration from. I added the whole album to the Inspired By Playlist and I hope you’ll give it a listen. This album is one of my favorite all time albums. I also encourage you to check out Mike Joyce and his Swissted project if you have the chance because his work is amazing and he’s been such an inspiration to me. Overall, I think this is one of my most favorite musically inspired pieces because of the beautiful simplicity of it and because it’s artwork for one of my favorite bands.