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CD package design for the re-release of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne.

David Byrne and Brian Eno approached us to re-design their seminal album from 1981 (original cover design by Peter Saville). Through the course of our many attempts at getting it right, we repeatedly ran the original cover through various photoshop filters and unknowingly stumbled onto something: which in the end harks back to the original design, all the while putting the new package in context. David Byrne perhaps put it more elegantly:

“I talked to Peter Buchanan-Smith, who designed the re release CD package, about either including or referencing the original album cover rather than coming up with something entirely new. This is the marketing man in me speaking- I imagined that a person who had seen the original cover would have an idea what they were looking for when seeking out a re release, so a completely unrelated image would throw them off the scent. Peter, as a creative type, didn’t feel comfortable simply reproducing Peter Saville’s original layout over Brian’s video photo, so he came up with a way of referencing the original obliquely. He took the original and digitally manipulated it, while retaining all the original colors- he smeared it horizontally (which was used), twisted it into vortexes and made it all radiate from the center. Surprisingly, one still had a kind of vestigial sense of the original cover in all of these versions.“–David Byrne

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith