Back when vinyl ruled the earth, art directors had a 12 x 12-inch canvas to work with for each album. That real estate shrunk to about 6 x 6 with the CD (although you could expand things throughout the enclosed booklet). Today, though, artwork is almost extinct, thanks to digital files.
Ordinarily, this is where I’d say this a bad thing, a step backwards when it comes to our enjoyment of music and how things were better in the old days.
Not this time. There is plenty of album art that is so terrible, it should never, ever be seen again. Here are some very illustrative examples (via Bored Panda where you’ll find the full gallery). These are all very, very real. Someone was quite serious about these projects, too.