They say you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover and it’s also true that you can’t judge a song based on its album art. To put it nicely, there are a lot of absolutely incredible songs out there with horrendous album art. Think about “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5, featuring Cardi B, which features three sins of graphic design: white text on a high-contrast photo, three or more typefaces, and uneven line spacing. Or these two monstrosities from DJ Khaled, which use outline text and faux plaques reminiscent of the design nightmare that was Microsoft WordArt.

Emma Kumer

Freelance journalist and graphic designer

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