The Kelly Clarkson Graphic Design Nightmare Continues

Jan 9th, 2009 // 25 Comments

While not as immediately disturbing as the cover for her single, there’s still something not quite right about the cover of Kelly Clarkson’s forthcoming All I Ever Wanted. Sure, RCA has to do whatever it can to erase the moody Evanesenceness of the My December cover from our memories, but are a dayglo background and a single hour of graphic-design billing time the only way to solve this problem? As my wife said, “That’s not a Cosmo cover? That’s going to be on her CD? She looks great, but that seems like a bad idea.”

Kelly Clarkson – All I Ever Wanted Cover [Blazing Swarm]

  1. sXenester

    She didn’t try using years of refusal to fight it off this time?

  2. moomintroll

    Wow, those colors!

  3. Maura Johnston

    i want mike watt to weigh in on this.

  4. Invisible Circus

    Reminds me of Britney and the cover of Blackout.

    kinda cobbled together last minute because holy sh*t the release date is in a month!


  5. the rich girls are weeping

    it hurts my eyes.

  6. revmatty

    It just looks cheesy.

  7. Maura Johnston

    @Invisible Circus: holy crap, yeah! same colors and everything!

  8. Maura Johnston

  9. Anonymous

    Man, Clive’s revenge must run deep – One of the most unflattering covers EVER. Her head looks too big for her body, the colors are awful….UGH.

  10. Anonymous


    It’s pop music.

  11. dog door

    surely the majority of these women are goodlooking enough where they don’t have to be airbrushed to the point of looking like they’re made of plastic.

  12. ObtuseIntolerant

    Um…At least it has those extravagant sparkle points?

  13. CloudCarrier

    @ObtuseIntolerant: Gold foil digipak!

  14. bcapirigi

    I hate her hair. Or, I don’t hate her hair when it’s on every other woman in the entertainment industry, but she could do so much better. Like when it was darker and shorter and spunky-ish.

    And the red lipstick on the single cover was better. That shade just clashes with the left side of the background.

    (Er… excuse me while I go do something manly now.)

  15. Anonymous

    ehh, i think it’s ok, better than the my december cover. but her face does look a little weird, like they slimmed her body down in photoshop to make her look thinner.

  16. The Illiterate

    I think the secret is to think of it not as a CD cover, though it will be, but as iPod art, which is where most people will be seeing it. Big blocks of color, large fonts in boldly contrasting colors, no small details that blur the image and that most people won’t see anyway. A bright, easy to read, one and a quarter inch square. Welcome to the future of cover art, folks.

  17. tigerpop

    There is NO WAY that is the real cover, right?

  18. moomintroll

    @The Illiterate: depressing.

  19. Anonymous

    @The Illiterate: That makes a lot of sense. But they should make a better, more detailed cover for larger media. Maybe put some paisley’s in the circles. Or a smoother orange to pink transition. And skin-like texture in her face.

  20. Cos

    @Maura Johnston: My thoughts exactly.

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