A Study In Color — Album Colors of 2015

by . March 17th, 2016

We are almost three months underway into 2016 and trends are shaping up to be a good year for graphic design.

But two designers decided to take a step back and look at last year’s graphic design in the realm of album covers.


Marcos Rodriguez and Zé Felipe collected last year’s visually memorable album covers and created a continuous collage spectrum based on each cover’s dominant colors.

Entitled Album Colors Of The Year, the site gives an insight on the state of graphic design in the past year, giving a detailed, eyegasmic tour of the music industry.


Khoi Vinh from Subtraction puts it as a “a welcome bit of attention to the form in an age when many music listeners only ever see album covers as thumbnails on their phones.”

Covers start from the pinkish tinge towards red, yellow, green, blue and finally ending into black and white. Marcos and Zé included the hex code for the dominant color in each album.

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If you’re looking for good music with great album covers, this site might just introduce you to just that. They even created a Spotify playlist that includes one song from each album.

I, for one, am happy that my favorite band’s album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is included.


You can check out the rest of the albums here.

Which album in the list has the best design? Comment your pick below!


Kevin is a reader first, a writer second, and a gamer somewhere in between. When not rooting for Tyrion Lannister for the Iron Throne, he's probably writing some morbid short story. He enjoys some surreal art, clever advertising campaigns, and a warm cup of coffee while reading Murakami.