When design meets music and results in beautiful artwork

Design and music - a partnership that goes together like Simon & Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, Captain & Tennille. Without one, the other may just pale into insignificance. Yes, the influence of music upon professional designers and illustrators is that strong. Of course, we're not saying without one the other wouldn't exist; but you can't help but think that without the influence of music, some of today's most inspired design and illustration projects may have been a little less 'finely tuned'.

We're generalising a little, but poke your head into any design studio across the world and you're likely to see designers - cans on - enjoying tunes whilst they work. Design and illustration - or any creative jobs - are professions where music doesn't act as a distraction; it's a way of mentally dialling in to a project, of escaping into your own thought processes, of getting inspired. But what we're looking at here is how music has inspired projects directly; not those projects where 'music has got you through', but where it has taken centre stage.

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Rob Carney

Rob is editorial, graphic design and publishing lead at Transport for London. He previously worked at Future Publishing over the course of several years, where he launched digital art magazine, ImagineFX; and edited graphic design magazine Computer Arts, as well as the Computer Arts Projects series, and was also editor of technology magazine, T3.