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Frank Ocean – Channel Orange album art

Contributed by McFly on Mar 27th, 2020. Artwork published in .
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The album artwork of Frank Ocean’s debut studio album Channel Orange was designed by Thomas Mastorakos, Aaron Martinez, and Phil Toselli, with photography (not shown here) by Dave Eggar. The front cover features an orange background superimposed by the title — “channel” rendered in lower-case Cooper Black and “orange” rendered in upper-case Orator, with the former overlaid by an image of colored spots from a camera flash. The cover also includes a parental advisory label (set in Impact and Compacta). The physical copy has an additional sticker on the front cover which highlights two of the five singles, a bonus song and two guest appearances – also in Cooper Black and Orator.

In November 2013, the album ranked at number nine on Complex magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Pop Album Covers of the Past Five Years”, with contributing journalist Dale Eisinger writing in an accompanying essay:

Ocean took a simple route with the cover … Employing the classic Cooper Black font — a staple of his Odd Future crew and hip-hop history, alike — next to a more modern, Sans-Serif font shows just how smart this dude is, looking back to the past, while clearly aware of his surroundings."

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