We're Too Young To Reason, Too Grown Up To Dream

Private client. Sleeve design, packaging design and art direction.

 

Completed 2014.

 

Named after a line from the gorgeous Bryan Ferry hit "Slave To Love"...

 

The sleeve design for this compilation of dreamy, mostly (but not entirely) ambient music is inspired by two other unrelated records...

 

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark's eponymous LP...

 

And The Durutti Column's Another Setting.

 

The client wanted to evoke a strangely harmonious tension...

 

Between the rigid grids (themselves arranged in a 3x3 grid) and the completely spontaneous pink brush strokes...

 

That mirrors the notion of being "too young to reason" yet "too grown up to dream"...

 

While capturing the vibrance of youth through the bright colors and the rigidity of adulthood through the formal arrangement.

 

Meanwhile, the fading grid in the lower right gives a subtle nod to our mortality.