I produced a series of line illustrations for the deluxe box set of band Muse's latest album, The 2nd Law. Here is a little bit of official info about the box set:
The 2nd Law features an impressively heat reactive, colour changing lift-off lid that incorporates liquid crystal ink:
"Muse wanted a heat-sensitive packaging solution to reflect the second law of thermodynamics, as referenced in their album title," explains Henry Lavelle of packaging production company Modo, which created the bespoke packaging.
"Heat-sensitive packs have previously been manufactured as an ‘artwork reveal' mechanism but no one has ever used the far more dramatic effect of liquid crystal ink as a laminated box wrap before," Lavelle continues.
A detailed ink and paper sampling process saw Modo prototype dozens of different print and lamination combinations to get a unique result from flood-printing art paper (which wraps the board the box lid is made from) with liquid crystal ink before a final gloss lamination.
Inside, the box contains the album as a double LP, each disc housed in its own sleeve, as well as a special 7inch format hardback book (also produced by Modo) that houses the album on CD plus a bonus DVD. The cover of this book features a 'neuro image' supplied by the Human Connectome Project, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA - as do the covers of each of the two vinyl sleeves:
Meanwhile, the back covers of the LP sleeves the book contains artwork by illustrator Steven Wilson as well as photography by Gavin Bond. Here's a look through the book:
Design by Gareth White and Darren Richards. Packaging design and production by Modo. Label: Warner Music.