FSOLdigital presents Mind Maps

June 2021

Design and artwork for a limited edition 8 panel digipak CD mix album featuring remixes of other artists by various aliases of The Future Sound of London.

This album started life as a promo mix for the release of A Controlled Vista and was another dream project for one of my favourite artists on one of my favourite labels. I began by researching imagery of various landscapes and thought about how the topography of the natural world could be used to represent the mind: rivers become veins, deltas the nervous system and mountain ranges become tissue. I found some amazing and inspirational satellite imagery by the United States Geological Survey that I overlaid and reworked to form the backgrounds. The detail and vastness of the imagery also fit into the FSOL narrative and helped to convey the moods and emotions of the music.

Initially I only set out to design the album title in the custom typography (which is inspired by the twists and turns of a brain) but then hit on the idea of the stylised MM actually resembling a brain. I like how it shows the left brain/right brain, analytical/creative sides of the mind. It could also be interpreted as sound waves or brain waves, both interpretations also work with the themes of the album.

Pleased with how well the brain inspired typography turned out and, seeing as there was very little text to work with (not even a track listing), it made sense to construct the names of the various remix aliases (FSOL, Humanoid, Yage and Synthi A) in the same style. These ended up on the far left inside panel, reversed out of the imagery, which balanced the design with the white CD design, and is also a nice little extra detail to discover on opening the final digipak.

Mind Maps front cover
Mind Maps CD back cover
There is no track listing so I came up with a line about the mix inspired by the epic satellite imagery
A matt finished 8 panel digipak was chosen to show off the vastness of the imagery
Custom typography inspired by the shapes of a brain is used throughout
The CD design is reversed out of white to add contrast to the rest of the packaging
Creating this custom typography led to me designing the MM used on the cover
Custom typography shows the remixers: FSOL, Humanoid, Yage and Synthi A (all aliases of The Future Sound of London)
The under tray features a stylised Mind Maps compass but you'll need to use your own needle to navigate
Promo banner graphic

The album was sold exclusively by Touched Music and FSOLdigital with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.