The Man Behind the Steve Aoki Album Covers

Posted by | May 11, 2012 | advertising, art | No Comments

Steve Aoki is the founder of Dim Mak Records, a record label that have launched careers for acts such as Bloc Party and Dada Life. He’s worked as a producer for many years but recently stepped into the limelight himself as an electronic dance music DJ. Aoki gained popularity when he released his debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles in January 2008. The electronic dance music scene embraced his music, style, and energetic presence at shows. He then created an Essential Mix that aired on BBC Radio 1 in August 2008, which solidified his career as a DJ.

Since 2008, Aoki has reached #42 in ranking for the 2011 DJ Magazine’s Top 100.  He has also been ranked on Forbes as one of the world’s greatest DJ’s. I have seen Steve Aoki six times in my life — Through going to shows and events that feature him as one of the featuring acts. I enjoy listening to his music and have many fond memories with his songs. The one thing that I’ve never looked into until today was the man behind Aoki’s album covers. His recent album covers all feature funky cartoon vector illustrations created by designer, Ian Cross. His background includes a degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. Cross then became the Director of Art and Production at Dim Mak Records and designs graphics for the label.

Here are some of his work for Steve Aoki’s albums:

I love Cross’ fun and creative style that exudes throughout his album work. His work is exciting and there aren’t many album covers out there that makes you want to actually look at the details of the cover. Cross’ use of vibrant colors and patterns make his work stand out from the others.

- Hana Kelley

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