Darcey Bussell CD Artwork
- Client: Able Media/Sony Music
- Skills: Cover Art, Featured, Packaging
Darcey Bussell is an iconic former English ballerina, and judge on the hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing TV show. I was asked to created a sleeve and packaging for a 2CD compilation of quintessential ballet masterworks curated by Darcey.
Initially the client supplied several images from a shoot for the packaging and 8pg booklet, and from there I worked up several concepts for the sleeve itself. It needed to feel like a ballet CD rather than a solo artist release, so the brief stipulated some sort of background image that placed the cover in this context. From here I devised a sympathetic composition to achieve this, with a ballerina in the background in mid-pose. This was set against a background I created for depth, and that would anchor the image and avoid the ballerina ‘floating’ in that space. I selected typography that was elegant yet had a contemporary edge, and this informed the typesetting for the rest of the packaging.
The lovely photography from the shoot was utilised throughout the booklet, with splash images accompanying a personal note from Darcey, as well as full track listings and credits. The finished CD went on to become the best selling classical compilation of 2015.