Art Direction for CD covers

A course by Goster , Designer

Designer. Lima, Peru.
Joined October 2018

Learn to design and conceptualize the emotions transmitted by music

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (156)
  • 2595 students

Learn to design and conceptualize the emotions transmitted by music

A course by Goster

Looking to combine your love of music with your passion for graphic design? Album art designer and three-time Grammy nominee José Antonio Mesones (Goster) is ready to show you how to do just that.

In this online course, discover how to conceptualize and design the complete visual package for an album that tells a powerful story and can stir up a range of emotions.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 21 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (156)
  • 2595 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 57m)
  • 21 additional resources (16 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Develop the concept and design for an album cover that complements the music and its emotions. Goster offers Radiohead's OK Computer album as an example, but you can choose the music that inspires you the most.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Graphic designers, collage artists, music fans, and design lovers looking to combine their design skills with their love for music.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop is required. In terms of materials, you need a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.


2595 Students
156 Reviews
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A course by Goster

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José Antonio Mesones, better known as Goster, is a cofounder of Partners, a graphic design and visual communication studio. Spanning more than two decades, his career includes work with brands such as El Comercio, Backus, Promperú, Adidas, and the Ministerio de Cultura.

He has received three Grammy nominations in the Best Recording Package category and has been recognized nationally and internationally by Padis, ATA, Society of Newspaper Design, DAFOS, and the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for his work as an album cover designer. He has also participated in numerous art and design exhibitions in cities like Bogotá, Berlin, New York, Montreal, London, Barcelona, and Madrid.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences (part 1)
    • Influences (part 2)
  • U2

    Backstage Defining the concept

    • The order: Analysis of the disk
    • The Conceptualization: Brainstorming
    • The Documentation: Images and photos
  • U3

    Recording Graphing music

    • Collage 1: Understanding the process
    • Collage 2: Building the covers
    • Collage 3: Building the image of the cover
    • Uniformization and textures
  • U4

    Mixing Designing the disk

    • Vol 1: First sketches
    • Vol 2: Cover
    • Vol 3: Back cover and label
  • U5

    Mastering Preparing the work

    • Bonus track 1: Final artwork cover and back cover
    • Bonus track 2: Final art covers and label
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design of album covers

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Art Direction for CD covers. Design course by Goster

Art Direction for CD covers

A course by Goster
Designer. Lima, Peru.
Joined October 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (156)
  • 2595 students