How to design for the music industry: 4 expert tips

Neil Whitman music industry still
(Image credit: Neil Whitman)

Whether you're designing for a local artist or a super-star singer, creating designs to represent musicians can be a rewarding yet challenging job. How do you put across the feeling of a piece of music in a design? How do you begin to approach designing for a song? And how do you promote yourself in an ever-competitive environment?

To find out, we spoke to Neil Whitman, who has designed for The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and James Blunt, among others. Read on to discover his top tips.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.