I’ve imagined for awhile that when I release my first album, it would immediately exist as part of a series of albums. The problem with that plan is that I’m not a musician (or at most, a Not Great™ piano player).

Thanks to my friend Travis, though, I get to live vicariously through The Biatomic Point. As mentioned in our story on the logo, we’ve been working on the art for their first album, A Year of Sundays. It turns out that Travis and I have had the same plan in the backs of our minds, so this was a shared-dream come true.

The Biatomic Point packagingThe Biatomic Point packaging

I’m surprised at how few bands take advantage of this opportunity – to design a cover that places their individual albums in context of a body of work. Some groups have done this pretty effectively: Cake, Boston, Chicago, Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, and Vampire Weekend. But no one has done this with the kind of consistency I’ve had in mind. With A Year of Sundays, we’ve established a set of rules that we’re intending to follow for every album in the band’s discography.

The Biatomic Point
packaging system

  1. Each album will use a different (monotone) color palette.
  2. Title and logo always sit in the same place on the front,
  3. “¦ reversed out of a photograph.
  4. Songs and credits are listed on the back in the same format.
  5. Every disc features a huge logo,
  6. “¦ where the album title sits next to the ‘P’.
  7. All type set in DIN.

 

Even though these rules favor the band’s long-term identity over any album’s individual theme, we’ve left the photo completely open to interpretation. And, while we’ll be sad to see the giant logo on the disc disappear as the world leaves physical media behind, the spindle hole isn’t doing us any favors anyway.

 

View the project page for The Biatomic Point.