Product Design

How northern style has influenced the world

The north of England has established an identity and an array of visual imagery that resonates not only through the UK, but across the world. A new show at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool examines its influence.

How Sonos is changing the way we listen to music

A new generation of ‘smart’ speakers, linked to cloud-based streaming services is changing the way we listen to music. We speak to Tad Toulis, VP of Design at US audio brand Sonos, about designing such experiences

Donwood with his artworks

Stanley Donwood and the tempest

In creating the art for Radiohead’s album A Moon Shaped Pool artist Stanley Donwood called on the weather to play its part. We talked to him about making the paintings and how Thom Yorke’s “fucking everything up” helped the duo get to the finished works

Record sleeves of the year #04: Bon Iver, 22, A Million

The mysterious symbols on the cover of Bon Iver’s album 22, A Million were created by Brooklyn-based artist Eric Timothy Carlson. Carlson created a numerical symbol for each track on the album, with his artwork informing some of the final track names. The symbol for 21 Moon Water, for example, is based on the astronomical […]

Record sleeves of the year #05: Earl Brutus, Closed box set

In the 1990s, Earl Brutus gained a cult following for their raucous live shows, provocative album art and unusual mix of punk, glam rock and electronica. Scott King’s Closed box set for the band perfectly captures their eccentricity and aesthetic. It’s everything a commemorative box set should be – a beautifully produced and loving homage […]

Record sleeves of the year #08: Nicolas Jaar, Sirens

The vinyl edition of Nicolas Jaar’s album Sirens comes with a scratch-off cover. The sleeve is coated in a white ink similar to the kind found on scratchcards and supplied with a quarter, which can be used to scratch off the coating. Underneath is an image of A Logo for America – a provocative artwork […]

Record sleeves of the year #10: Frank Ocean, Blond

On August 19, Frank Ocean dropped a 45-minute visual album and a beautiful video for the track Nikes directed by Tyrone Lebon. The following day, he released his much-anticipated second album Blond (also referred to as Blonde), giving copies away for free at pop-up stores in London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The album […]

The Photography Annual 2017

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The Annual 2018

The Creative Review Annual is one of the most
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