Hipgnois The Iconic Album Cover Design Group
An art design group, famous for creating the album cover art for some of the world’s greatest rock and roll artists, including Pink Floyd; Led Zeppelin; AC/DC; the Moody Blues; Scorpions; Wings; Yes; Bad Company; Black Sabbath; T-Rex; Genesis; the Hollies; Styx; Humble Pie; Emerson; Lake and Palmer; and Electric Light Orchestra.
With over 200 album covers to their credit, Hipgnois was responsible for such iconic album covers as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Atom Heart Mother, Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, the Scorpion’s Animal Magnetism, and Styx’s Pieces of Eight.
Hipgnois came into being in 1968 after film and art school students, Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, were asked by their friends in Pink Floyd to design the album cover for Pink Floyd’s second album, A Saucerful of Secrets. This lead to additional work with other musicians; however, it was album cover design for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon that brought Hipgnois major international notoriety. After that, Hipgnois was in high demand and did album cover design work for many high profile musical artists.
Peter Christoperson joined the group in 1974, first as an assistant and later as a partner; however by 1983 Hipgnois had disbanded. Although the Hipgnois design group was gone, its partners continued to do design work in the music industry individually.