Ever heard the phrase, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, throw that out the window. As a graphic designer, I almost always judge a book by its cover. The same goes for album art in CHH. While I may not be able to judge the content inside, I know for a fact how serious an artist is about their craft by their album art.
The lack of originality is what is plaguing CHH in both the music and the art. Sometimes financial restrictions can actually cure that by forcing us to get creative. CHH desperately needs that. How dare we attempt to engage in a culture that is so submerged in art without also using our God given imagination to help resonate not only to the eye but also to the heart of man?
Francis Schaeffer said, “The Christian should be the person who is alive, whose imagination absolutely boils, which moves, which produces something a bit different from God’s world because God made us to be creative.” If we expect to do more than just impress, we need to be willing to impact. No more copying and pasting, no more clip-art, no more giving the excuse of no resources.
Look around you, the trees wave in worship to our Creator as the sky spreads out in His glory. The colors around us infuse with one another to help express the praise of our mighty God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that same Creator has given us His creativity. After all, we are made in His image.
Unfortunately- or fortunately – people judge based on the cover. Take advantage of it, because it could be the reason people decide to purchase your mixtape that you swear is “fire.”
Here are a few album covers in CHH that have really left a great impression on me, despite what the actual content may be: