Graphic Design: Boat Studio and Micah Lidberg's incredible album artwork for Glass Animals

Date
18 June 2014
Reading Time
1 minute read

They say that two’s company but three’s a crowd; not so apparently when launching a much-anticipated album and the creative collateral around it. The Glass Animals album Zaba was released last week, with the visuals overseen by our pals over at Boat Studio (the same gang who do the city-hopping magazine of the same name).

Creative director Davey Spens commissioned longtime It’s Nice That favourite Micah Lidberg for the illustrations, while She Was Only built the accompanying website and not surprisingly this talented triumvirate have done a belting job.

The album takes its name from William Steig’s children’s book The Zabajaba Jungle, which Davey describes as “ a beguiling story that lives somewhere between the strange and familiar, with its young lead slashing through creeper vines with his bolo knife and going where no human being has ever penetrated. That’s not just probably the best reference for the sound of the record, but a measure of the band’s talent and ambition!”

Micah used washes of watercolour on the artwork to stunning effect while the gold foiled lettering was hand-drawn by the band’s frontman Dave Bayley himself.

So take that cliched saying, good things really do come in threes! Oh.

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Boat Studio/Micah Lidberg/She Was Only: The Glass Animals – Zaba

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Boat Studio/Micah Lidberg/She Was Only: The Glass Animals – Zaba

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Boat Studio/Micah Lidberg/She Was Only: The Glass Animals – Zaba

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Boat Studio/Micah Lidberg/She Was Only: The Glass Animals – Zaba

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Boat Studio/Micah Lidberg/She Was Only: The Glass Animals – Zaba

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Boat Studio/Micah Lidberg/She Was Only: The Glass Animals – Zaba

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Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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