This Is How Manhole Covers Look In Japan


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There are many different ways that artists and city municipalities can work together to decorate their cities, but it seems like city administrators in Japan have come up with one solution that is as unexpected and whimsical as it is creative and beautiful – decorated manhole covers. Continue reading »

“On Fields Of Death & Desolation”: Dark And Haunting Illustrations By Tony Sandoval

You don’t hear enough about Mexican artist Tony Sandoval. Well, I don’t. And I’ve looked, I really have. His stories and sensibilities are unique, his artwork stunning in its layering and animation, and his ability to mix the dark with the irreverent in a way that isn’t either cloying or mercenary makes his work accessible but not pandering. He’s been nominated for three Eisners, but there’s not a lot of excited chatter about his work. There should be. Continue reading »

“Asylum Of Shadows”: Horror, Nightmares And Dreams In Metal Albums Art By Ken Sarafin

“Metal bands want to portray the opposite of a happy life on their album covers,” says Ken Sarafin, and the Vale of Pnath frontman knows from whence he speaks. In addition to creating the awe-inducing artwork for his band’s latest release, The Prodigal Empire, Sarafin has illustrated at least a dozen album covers for an array of acts, both local and national, including Axeslasher, Listen to Reason, Exotype, Acedia, Arcania, Blue Waffle and Voiceless Location, among others. Continue reading »

“Packed Music”: Artist Alessio Bichi Turns Album Covers Into Clever Brand Packaging

In his series ‘Packed Music’, Milan-based graphic designer Alessio Bichi creates a visual playlist of his all-time favorite bands. Going about the project by association, Bichi reworks iconic album covers into ordinary objects with the help of Photoshop, Illustrator and images pulled from Google. Continue reading »

Vintage Album Covers From Yugoslavia Are Amazingly Awkward

Music was a great source of unity for the Yugoslavs, with people enjoying genres from folk to disco and heavy metal performed by artists from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Macedonians, Bosnians and Montenegrins shared the stage to create beautiful music, alongside soulful Roma and Albanian artists who brought even more exotic and unique sounds. Continue reading »

“Deep, Dark And Dangerous”: Outstanding Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Comic Book Illustrations By David Palumbo

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As a freelance illustrator, David Palumbo has provided genre themed artwork for everything from book covers and collectible card games to advertisements and concept design. His work has been awarded two Spectrum medals and has shown in galleries and museums from New York to Paris. Continue reading »

“The Little Things”: A Collection Of Brilliant Illustrations By Tomasz Majewski

Tomasz Majewski is an independent illustrator and graphic designer based in Warsaw, Poland. He has graduated from university with a Fine Arts M.A. degree. His favorite field of art is illustration: both digital and traditional. He also works for a publishing house, where he designs book covers and prepares them to print. Continue reading »

“Children Of The Damned”: The Superb Artworks Of Ástor Alexander In Classic Sci-Fi And Noir

Imagine a combination of low-budget spaghetti westerns and Pixar cartoons, such as Toy Story. What world would it be set in and what stories would we be able to see? In fact, such a story has been at the center of attention of an American illustrator, Ástor Alexander. Continue reading »

“The Endless Beyond”: Superb Fantasy And Creative Inspirations By Adrian Chesterman

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Born in London of Scottish descent, Adrian Chesterman, British painter and illustrator, was educated at the William Harvey School in Kent. It was here that he first discovered his burning passion for the visual arts. Continue reading »

Stories Hidden In Images: A Designer Has Created Book Covers Made Of Random Stock Photos

Alan Moore, the author of the comic V for Vendetta, noticed once that people tend to imagine their own lives as stories, and they browse them as in a movie – by rewinding to an appropriate moment.

The truth is that we are a narrative genre – we just love to listen and to tell stories. First, we listen to fairy tales read by parents and with time we start looking for new ones in books, comics and movies. We have an irresistible attraction to fictionalization – our minds create stories based on perceived images and thus, reveal our personalities and the power of imagination.

In PIXERS, we experience a boundless number of images and an equal amount of our clients’ stories every day. Sometimes, we get tired of such an overproduction and we try to exercise our imagination by assigning new unexpected meanings to the images that usually only flash in front of our eyes.

Below, you can see the effect of such an experiment: 10 book covers made of random stock photos by our graphic designer, and with fictional plots that I invented myself. Are these books new (imaginative) bestsellers?

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For me, this image is a depiction of loneliness. I’ve imagined an elephant that is the last elephant on the planet after a nuclear disaster. He travels on a cloud of radioactive dust and dreams of meeting a soul mate… The title of this book would be “Atomic Elephant”. Continue reading »

Finally, It’s Here. A Collection Of 50 Outrageous Album Covers Ever. Certainly.

The word “outrageous” has many definitions, some positive and some negative. “Exceeding the limits of what is usual.” “Deficient in propriety or good taste.” “Something that doesn’t make any goddamn sense.” Alright, so we made up one of those, but you get the idea. So what makes a truly outrageous album cover? For our list, we simplified the criteria: It should be something that makes you scratch your head and say, “Huh?” Continue reading »

When Hijab Was Not In Force, Vintage Photographs Show How Iranian Women Dressed In The 1960s And 1970s

There was a good balance of modernity and modesty during the 1950s and ’60s. Women were emancipated but kept their Iranian identity. The look was stylish and elegant without being vulgar. Skirts were long and full showing as little skin as possible. Continue reading »

A Collection Of 75 Worst Album Covers Ever. Probably.

Maybe they were deluded by their own sense of grandeur or misguided by overly supportive parents, but one thing is for certain these are easily 75 of the worst album covers from all over the world. Continue reading »

A Holiday Potpourri Of 40 Classy To Wildly Irreverent Vintage Christmas Magazine Covers

Sure, we could have delivered a bunch of boring Christmas magazine back issues, but that’s no fun. Instead, I’ve selected a stack of holiday editions which I found interesting – for their irreverence, nostalgia or just plain intangible awesomeness. Continue reading »

Photographer Spends 10 Years Tracking Down The Original Locations Of Vinyl Covers

Alex Bartsch is a photographer who is a true reggae fan. He was first introduced to Bob Marley when he was a child, and he got so inspired that he spent 10 years of his life traveling around London searching for original locations of the most famous reggae vinyl covers from 1967 to 1987. Continue reading »