twenty one pilots’ Blurryface Artwork Creator Explains Album Design

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Have you picked up twenty one pilots’ 4K-rated number-one album, Blurryface, yet? Good, because the creator of the album’s design, Brandon Rike, has gone deep inside the intricate artwork…

The artist first explains how he learnt about frontman Tyler Joseph’s Blurryface character, and how he isn’t black and white. He can “be represented as sad, angry, evil, or deceptive”, according to Brandon, but that there is “something vague about him, and something that cannot be completely described.”

With this in mind, Brandon set about delving into Blurryface’s colour scheme. “With the introduction of Blurryface, comes the prominence of the color red,” he says. “In our quest to understand and define Blurryface more, we soon realized that the band’s previously used blue color had no place in this new narrative. The story is black and white, but with red. Red, the color of passion, violence, and anger.”

Brandon then goes on to explain how the dedication of twenty one pilots fans – the Skeleton Clique – also inspired the great detail of the album artwork. “With all of the information that I had gathered, I held onto three key elements that would help me brand the Blurryface album cycle; First, find a way to represent Blurryface in a obscure but potent manner. Second, create visuals that resemble the songs, as well as the mish-mash of the collection as a whole. And finally, reward the fans for their support of the band, and give them new journeys of discovery as they dig deep into all of the elements of this album.”

“Every decision consistently had a meaning behind it. Even when I attempted to throw things together, there was still a method. There are so many layers to this band, from the lyrics, to the genre complications, to the personalities of the two members. It was only fitting that the branding also contain multiple layers.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments. Read the full blog and check out some rad images of the Blurryface artwork over at this link. And catch twenty one pilots on the road this year – full dates below!


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See twenty one pilots at the following:


4 Glasgow O2 ABC
5 Manchester Ritz
6 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
7 Oxford O2 Academy
9 Birmingham Institute
11 Paris Trabendo
13 Utrecht Ronde
15 Hamburg Uebel & Gefahrlich
16 Cologne Essigfabriek
17 Munich Muffathalle


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