Initially, I wanted to use Shamir as the focal point on the cover, and incorporate the various personality traits and iconography that illustrate parts of his life. But I was worried that the real album artwork was influencing my vision, because the artist executed a similar direction (designed by the very talented Mike Zimmerman). Also, I was pretty limited on photography of Shamir. So instead, I shifted towards what intrigued me most about him, and that was his mystery and enigmatic quality. I wanted to create something elusive and sophisticated, and marry that with visuals that capture the electronic, pulsing, and upbeat sound of the album. Below are some various works in progress.