Best Album Cover Design Firms

The Top Ten

1 Pacific Eye & Ear

Pacific Eye and Ear with Ernie Cefalu at the helm and the creative team which included Drew, Bill Garland, Joe Petagno, Carl Ramsey, Ingrid Haenke and Joe Garnet, have created some of the most memorable and iconic albums covers of all times. Just to name a few...
Iron Butterfly, Scorching Beauty
Earth Wind & Fire, Open Our Eyes
Black Sabbath, Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
Jefferson Airplane, Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
Alice Cooper, Greatest Hits
Alice Cooper, Welcome To My Nightmare
Tony Orlando and Dawn, To Be With You
Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic
West, Bruce and Laing, Whatever Turns You On
Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies
The Bee Gees Main Course
I think the covers/bands/titles and artists speak for themselves and make
Pacific Eye and Ear in my opinion, part of rock history!

The Master and the Legend, 200 plus albums, that's a great career, and still working as a top commercial artist, you had a hand in the look of a lot of albums in the 70's and 80's Sabbath, the doors, the stones, Alice, Aerosmith, you were right in the seen, for years, with great vision, and what a great time to be in that era of music, working with the bands, to make the designs by hand. Art has evolved from hand drawn cover art sketch proposals, to digital everything, photos and illustrations layered in the art with digital logos. I'm a big fan of your style of art, from someone who does art daily, keep up the great work...looking forward to the book. and the wild stories behind the art. John Murray

Ernie Cefalu, Owner & Senior Creative Director of Pacific Eye & Ear had a deeply personal perspective and vision of what this renowned company's illustrative artwork should impress upon the client and consumer in terms of palpable appeal in conjunction with the product contained within the custom packaging.

One need look no further than the extraordinary album cover designs that this company has created over the years to feel the tremendous impact, the essence of creative genius at a deeply personal level that was fostered by Ernie Cefalu and became a reality through himself and his remarkable illustrative team of artists. This remarkable hand-drawn and painted artwork was spellbinding and highly innovative setting Pacific Eye & Ear apart from industry competitors with a powerful brand of stunning images and custom packaging that would be embraced by the consumer with the same passion as they did for product content within.

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Having experienced the impact of tremendous album cover designs as your own, Ernie, the memories of pouring over those covers and 'under the lid' for endless hours in marvel was so profound. You lead the industry through the most dynamic period in music history and your client portfolio is testament to the huge value your high-profile clients placed upon your work.

I truly believe that we will never see the likes of these covers again, never. Be incredibly proud, Ernie.

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2 Hipgnosis

Great stuff!

3 Assorted Images
4 Art Hotel

. . . Because of the great designers that were there (Tommy Steele, Jeff Fey, Chris Whorf, Carol Roy, Jeff Lancaster, etc. )

Great people worked there and I always had a great time with them!

5 AGI - Album Graphics, Inc.

Two words, Mike Doud, a great designer and art director and a personal friend. His work for the Bebop Deluxe "Starburst Finish" album is famous. RIP Mike

6 Stylorouge
7 Push Pin Studios
9 Gribbitt!

Amazing people produced amazing work, with truly wide range of clients.

10 Rebeletter Studios - Jim Ford

The Contenders

11 The Graffiteria
12 Rod Dyer, Inc.
13 Wonder Graphics
14 Cream
15 Pinwheel Studios
16 Shoot That Tiger!
17 Kittyhawk Graphics
18 Camouflage Productions
19 23 Envelope
20 DZN - The Design Group
21 Graphreaks
22 Maurer Productions
23 The Music Agency
24 Vigon Nahas Vigon
25 Davis Fried Krieger (DFK)
26 Visualeyes
27 Neon Light Girl
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