Storm Thorgerson (born 1944) is an English Graphic Designer, he was a key member of the British graphic art group Hipgnosis, and designed many of their most famous single and album covers. Of late, he runs a design studio called StormStudios – a loose group of freelancers.
10cc – Look Here (1980)
Storm says: ‘This picture of a sheep on a psychoanalytic couch was designed as a poster insert for 10cc’s 1980 album, Look Here. The band asked for ‘something different’. I never really have a clear idea of what that expression means … I thought it was more engaging to ask a question and between us we came up with ‘are you normal?’ Anyway, the question led to the idea of normality and what could be more normal than a sheep, all of whom tend to follow each other. But to be normal you’d need a lengthy dose of psychotherapy.’
Alan Parsons – Try Anything Once (1993)
Storm says: ‘The title suggested something a touch reckless, perhaps, or at least a departure from normal behaviour. We joined this thought with the image of a bungie jump from a high bridge on television – wondering what on earth people would do for a thrill.’
Dark side of the moon
Storm sais ‘I dont need to know much about the music, It’s my job to reinterpret it, really. So it doesn’t really matter what I think, it matters what comes out the other end. And with Dark Side it was very much about the madness of the lyrics and about something that Rick said to me. He said “Could we not have one of your funny pictures, Storm?” and I said “What do you mean? That’s what I do. Pictures. How about a change?” I said “But I don’t do graphics.” He said “Well, why is it a challenge?”
‘I think the triangle, which is a symbol of thought and ambition, was very much a subject of Roger’s lyrics. So the triangle was a very a useful – as we know, obviously – was a very useful icon to deploy and making it into the prism – you know, the prism belonged to the Floyd.’
Steve Miller Band –‘Let Your Hair Down’
‘I think it is humorous but I think it’s also odd. I think it’s got a little narrative which is the bit you are supposed to work out. But in case you don’t get there, you can just enjoy the odd-ness and the humour. I hope it’s all of those things in a way.’ sais Thorgerson.
“The sultry rock music of Audioslave seemed to suit the brooding power of volcanoes. An eternal flame symbolising how two deceased bands, Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine lived on in the reincarnation called Audioslave. This shape that looked like a hand or flame was turned into a large sculpture made of beaten bronze, like a sounding brass.” Storm Thorgerson
Clearly the imagination of Storm Thorgerson knows no bounds. This type of dedication and open thinking is what keeps art fresh, new and exciting and is what every designer, be it graphic, digital or otherwise should strive to achieve.