Album Cover and Monterrey Pop Festival Designer Tom Wilkes Passes Away


Another sad note for the world of design. First we lost photographer Julius Shulman late last week and now the announcement that Tom Wilkes, the designer responsible for a great number of iconic posters and album covers, recently passed away. Starting in the mid-1960s, his foray into high-profile design began with his landing a job creating posters for the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967. That helped Wilkes launch his career in the music business, later going on to design albums for everyone from the Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet to The Who‘s Tommy. While some of his work now seems dated, for sure, it’s certainly impossible to discount the effect Wilkes had on design during his time on top.