Best album cover art: See the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2014 awards

The winners of the Art Vinyl public poll for best LP cover of 2014 have been announced.


The Best Art Vinyl 2014 public poll reached over 12,000 participating voters, expressing their views on the best in art, photography and graphic design in modern music culture.

With the sales of vinyl records now at a 20 year high, the awards run by Art Vinyl demonstrate how this annual snapshot of record cover design has captured the imagination.

Voters expressed their views on the best vinyl artwork for the year and voted Dan Hillier’s stunning illustration for the debut album by Royal Blood in at the top spot. In second place was the debut from FKA Twigs, followed by Singles by Future Islands.

This year’s design follows 2013’s winner, an astronaut painting for the White Lies album Big TV. Previous winners include Thom Yorke’s The Eraser from regular Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood, and work from the sixteenth century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel for The Fleet Foxes eponymous LP.

Touring exhibitions featuring the 50 favourite sleeves from 2014 will begin next year across the UK, as well as Italy and Hungary, but for now feast your eyes on the top 20 in the Art Vinyl public poll (and then feast your ears by purchasing vinyl from your local independent record shop).

Read on to see the full top 20 best album covers of last year.

Best album cover art 2014: winner

Artist: Royal Blood
Album: Royal Blood
Sleeve Illustration: Dan Hillier.
Hand lettering: Harry Robbins.
Design: Richard Welland.

The winning design for Royal Blood was an original piece created by Dan Hillier called Falls. it was inspired by Victorian etchings and completed in his surrealist style.


Best album cover art 2014: 2

Artist: FKA Twigs
Album: LP1
Cover Art: Jesse Kanda

Since the award started in 2005, there has yet to be a winning design that actually features an image of the band or artist, so with FKA Twigs as a runner up, it was refreshing to see the artist’s strong visual image graphically embellished by London-based artist Jesse Kanda.

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Best album cover art 2014: 3

Artist: Future Island
Album: Singles
Cover Art: Beth Hoeckel
Design: Matt de Jong

The dreamy headless image for the LP on the 4AD label has become a striking visual icon for this breakthrough album from the Baltimore-based band.


Best album cover art 2014: 4

Artist: Foo Fighters
Album: Sonic Highways
Cover Illustration: Stephan Martiniere


Best album cover art 2014: 5

Artist: Röyksopp & Robyn
Album: Do it again (mini album)
Photography: Kacper Kasprzyk
Art Direction: Sandberg and Timonen

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Best album cover art 2014: 6

Artist: Caribou
Album: Our Love
Artwork: Matthew Cooper and Jason Evans
Photography: Jason Evans


Best album cover art 2014: 7

Artist: La Roux
Album: Trouble in Paradise
Design and Art Direction: Alexander Brown and Elly Jackson
Photography: Louie Banks and Roger Deckker


Best album cover art 2014: 8

Artist: SBTRKT
Album: Wonder Where We Live
Design: Sbtrkt & A Hidden Place

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Best album cover art 2014: 9

Artist: Bombay Bicycle Club
Album: So long, see you tomorrow
Design: La Boca


Best album cover art 2014: 10

Artist: Sohn
Album: Tremors
Design: Allison Fielding & Sohn


Best album cover art 2014: 11

Artist: Jack White
Album: Lazaretto
Design: Ryon Nishimori and Nathanio Strimpopulos.
Photography: Mary Ellen Matthews

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Best album cover art 2014: 12

Artist: Temples
Album: Sun Structures
Artwork: Abbie Stephens (director) & Zoe Maxwell (photographer)


Best album cover art 2014: 13

Artist: Colourmusic
Album: May You Marry Rich
Artwork: Darryl Turner


Best album cover art 2014: 14

Artist: Tame Impala
Album: Live Versions
Design: Leif Podhajsky

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Best album cover art 2014: 15

Artist: We Were Promised Jetpacks
Album: Unravelling
Design: undisclosed


Best album cover art 2014: 16

Artist: Hudson Mohawke
Title:
Chimes
Design: undisclose


Best album cover art 2014: 17

Artist: The Wytches
Album: Annabel Dream Reader
Artwork: Samuel Gull

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Best album cover art 2014: 18

Artist: Young Fathers
Album: Dead
Artwork: Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, 'G' Hastings


Best album cover art 2014: 19

Artist: Jon Hopkins
Album: Asleep Versions
Artwork: Robert Hunter


Best album cover art 2014: 20

Artist: Rustie
Album: Green Language
Design: undisclosed

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