R.I.P Storm Thorgerson

Pink Floyd album art designer dies peacefully after cancer battle at age 69. Thorgerson’s feature for Pink Floyd’s 1973 The Dark Side of the Moon, is regarded as one the greatest album covers of all time.


Storm Thorgerson was a British graphic designer who created album covers for music artists Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis,Muse Peter Gabriel and many more. He was most well-known for his long and successful career with Pink Floyd. He went to school with the band’s founders Syd Barrett and Roger Waters who he became close friends with.  In 1968 he founded the graphic art group Hipgnosis with Aubrey Powell and they designed famous single and album covers. In 1983 following Hipgnosis’ dissolution they began producing music videos.  It is his graphic art work which is his legacy.

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His work with Pink Floyd is incredibly iconic. His famous Dark Side of the Moon prism and rainbow design is one of the most iconic and recognisable album covers of all time. “It related mostly to a light show,” he told Rolling Stone. “The other thing was the triangle. I think the triangle, which is a symbol of thought and ambition, was very much a subject of Roger’s lyrics. So the triangle was a very a useful – as we know, obviously – was a very useful icon to deploy and making it into the prism- you know, the prism belonged to the Floyd.”

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Pink Floyd worked with Thorgerson right up until the very end of their career and even for their recent compilations of live albums and box sets.He was a creative and visual genius who will influence others. Pink Floyd and Biffy Clyro took to Twitter to pay their respects.




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