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[[caption-width-right:225:The cover to ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri_Repetae Tri Repetae]]''. No, [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere really]].]]
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->''"It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black."''
-->-- '''Nigel Tufnel''' on the revised album cover of ''Smell the Glove'', ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''.

Some people think abstraction is enough to sell.

Sometimes the best way to make something stand out... is to make it ''not'' stand out. Amongst a shelf full of [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore angry pink balls]], [[FloatingHeadSyndrome floating heads]], [[ContemptibleCover scantily clad women]] and [[CoversAlwaysLie outright lies]], some classy {{minimalism}} can work wonders.

At least one of the things below apply to such covers:
* Complete absence of everything sans the background: SelfExplanatory.
* Solid color, simple gradient or just generally unsophisticated backgrounds. Alternatively, a closeup of a material used as a background.
* Single Object Focus, considering the said object exists.
* Lots of empty space for the covers that have something besides the background. Alternatively, the cover would even have an action-packed part that cover only the - say - 5% of it.
* Minimal use ([[TextlessAlbumCover or complete lack]]) of text.
* Any form of literarist art will do as well.

In music, the first really popular record with such a sleeve was Music/TheBeatles' eponymous 1968 album known as "Music/TheWhiteAlbum", but the mainstreaming of the minimalist design style from the 1980s onward is mostly the fault of Peter Saville's work for Factory Records in the 1970s and 1980s, which set the design tone for PostPunk and much of the eighties (and aughties). He did [[http://www.petersaville.info/sleeves/1978-1981.html sleeves]] [[http://www.petersaville.info/sleeves/1982-1984.html for]] [[http://www.petersaville.info/sleeves/1985-1989.html a lot]] [[http://www.petersaville.info/sleeves/1990-1994.html of mainstream bands]] (''e.g.'' Wham!, Music/RoxyMusic, Music/PeterGabriel, [[Music/OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark]], Ultravox), but Factory let him do ''anything he wanted'' on international hit records by NewOrder.


Minimalism was pretty much the art style of [[TurnOfTheMillennium the aughties]], that is, whenever people weren't abusing neoclassicism.

Compare to FaceOnTheCover, which is usually minimalistic in its approach, but only with faces. Contrast DetailHoggingCover and DesignStudentsOrgasm, which go for the opposite strategy.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* StudioGhibli's much-awaited Blu-ray releases all come in monochrome cases, a single colour background with the title and a silhouette of the main character in white.
* The JP Blu-ray releases for ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' are a plain single colour, with the title on the front in black text.
* Funimation's covers for almost anything ''Manga/DragonBall'' just have the character standing there with a cool pose and a one color background.
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'': The volume cover art is usually nothing more than two solid colors and Koro-sensei's smiling face. Special mention goes to Volume 5, which resembles Koro-sensei's [[http://fyeahassassinationclassroom.tumblr.com/post/83714736434/heliohapt-assassination-classroom-volumes-1-9 poker face]]: a blank cover and the ._. emote.
* ''KurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' has covers in brown and one other color, a dramatic difference from most manga covers.
* Drawn & Quarterly's translations of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's one-shot collections have fairly minimalistic [[http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/shopCatalogLong.php?st=art&art=a41e32e169aff2 cover art]].
* ''Manga/SailorMoon's'' 11th manga volume has just a picture of Chibi Chibi and the logo, with the author's name, plus 11 in the corner. [[http://www.amazon.com/Sailor-Moon-11-Naoko-Takeuchi/dp/1612620078 Link.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Some collected editions of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' only have the smiley face on the cover.
** Some have an extreme close up on it that shows only part of one eye.
* Variation: In some versions of ''FinalCrisis'' issues, anything that isn't text covers only a 1/3 of the front [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment cover]].
** And the collected edition has a black-and-red cover of Superman holding Batman. While not as minimalist as other examples, it's certainly minimalist compared to other Crisis covers.
* The all-black cover of ''[[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' #36 (#477), save for the Marvel Comics header and the logo. This issue is the 9/11 tribute issue.
* The all-white cover for ''ZeroHour'' #0 (1994), which implies that the DCUniverse was already erased at that point.
* Back in 1968, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shield_4.jpg this]] Steranko NickFury cover was considered almost too minimalist to publish-- Stan Lee couldn't fathom publishing a cover that was black and white, and so insisted that Steranko color the title and Fury.
* ''{{Superman}}'' Vol 2, #100 had an almost entirely white cover, except for the title logo, the S-shield reflected in a broken pair of glasses and the legend "The Death of Clark Kent!" ''Action Comics'' #720 duplicated this, only the S-shield was reflected in an abandoned diamond ring, and the legend was "The Engagement Is Off!"
* DC had a horror anthology title in the 80s called ''Wasteland.'' Due to one error or another, issue #5 was published with issue #6's cover. When [[http://www.comicsbulletin.com/effect/images/wasteland6.jpg the real #6]] came out, it was numbered "the real number six", and the cover, apart from framing elements, was pure white. For a horror comic, it worked quite well.
* The new hardcover editions of some SinCity yarns went for this, with just close ups of their protagonists. However, given the Sin City art style and design, it fits perfectly.
* The new RiceBoy hardcover edition is going to look like [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llyvkbs1An1qa4eg7.jpg this]], hiding the colorful surrealistic art inside.
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd Case Files'', a series of trade paperbacks collecting the ''entire'' thirty five plus year run of the series, have covers that are half solid colour, half black with a logo, plain text title and an image of the Judge himself. In the earlier editions, the image of Dredd was black and white which enhanced the effect. This style has since been carried over to other ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' complete collections, including ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' and ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad023.html parodied]] [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad083.html this]] [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad091.html more]] [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad115.html than]] [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad163.html a]] [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad210.html few]] [[http://www.madcoversite.com/mad416.html times.]]
* The cover art for ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'' is simply a close up of Katie's face. Inverted in the Barnes and Noble exclusive cover, which is the [[http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780553394368_p1_v2_s600.JPG basement floorplan of Seconds]], and is actually quite detailed.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* During TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation, Disney produced two kinds of posters for each movie: one that attracted children with brightly-colored pictures of cute characters, and one enticed adults with silhouettes of the heroes and prestigious-sounding taglines. As one example, compare the page image of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' to [[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/File:The-Little-Mermaid-Poster-walt-disney-characters-19222477-1032-1500.jpg this]].
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NothingFilm.jpg The poster]] of the Vincenzo Natali film ''Nothing'' only feature the two protagonists on a white background. And the said protagonists don't cover much space there. Besides the title, billing block and the company logos, that's pretty much it.
* Aside from all of that text, the poster of the ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'' adaptation is all about the fetus.
* Some posters (and covers of a few DVD versions) of the Darren Aronofsky film ''Film/{{Pi}}'' were this. All it showed is the ratio's mathematical symbol.
* Some theatrical posters of the [[Film/FridayThe13thPart2 second]], [[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter fourth]] and [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning fifth]] ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies.
* The theatrical poster of Creator/StanleyKubrick's adaptation of ''Film/TheShining''.
* Some DVD editions of ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'' were this.
* Oliver Stone's ''The Hand''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Guess what the poster contains.]]
* There's also Stone's ''Film/WorldTradeCenter''.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Poltergeistposter.jpg posters for]] ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Poltergeist-2-the-other-side.jpg and]] ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide''.
* The [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 Batman movie]] only seemed to have one design for its main promotional material: the [[IconicLogo iconic Batman logo]] on a black background and nothing else. The teaser poster, the Music/{{Prince}} soundtrack album, the original VHS release, and the original DVD cover don't even have a ''title''.
** The ''Film/BatmanReturns'' teaser poster featured an extreme close up of the bat-ears-and-head from said logo, with "RETURNS" in ''very'' small print at the bottom. ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' just have their movie's respective logos over a plain background with the release date at the bottom.
* ''{{Zelig}}''
** On the subject of all things Creator/WoodyAllen, a good number of his films had theatrical posters that were basically these.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica_%28film%29 Helvetica]]'', a documentary about an eponymous ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typeface]]''.
** And from the same filmmaker, ''[[http://aslittledesign.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/objectified_poster1.gif Objectified]]''.
* Covers made for TheCriterionCollection edition videos[[note]]Which are all original cover designs specifically for the Criterion Collection release.[[/note]] are generally very minimalist.
* The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mechagodzilla_kiryu_3864.jpg poster]] for ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' just shows Mechagodzilla about to punch Godzilla, all in front of a mostly plain white-blue background. It's an unusual break from the tradition, followed by other ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies and {{Kaiju}} cinema in general, of using detailed, bombastic posters (compare this one to the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godzilla_vs_mechagodzilla_1974_4892.jpg other]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mechagodzilla_2_poster_2114.jpg posters]] for this film's predecessors, ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' and ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'', to get an idea of what an odd decision it was).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The UK/Aus/NZ editions of the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' books give them a much more foreboding feel. The image doesn't even do it justice: the author's name is only visible because of its gloss on an otherwise matte cover.
* The covers of the second and third ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' novels are black backgrounds with the title and some random object that may or may not relate to the plot. (A flower and a ribbon, respectively.)
** And given Twilight's success, every other YA fantasy novel cover these days has a [[TrendCovers similar design]].
** The torn ribbon may be interpreted to symbolize the tear between Bella's vampire boyfriend and family and her "werewolf" friends, who are enemies. However, Meyer has stated she had no control over the flower cover, and it has no relevance.
** The first one's ''less'' minimalistic, since it shows its random object on a black background ([[HowDoYouLikeThemApples an apple]]; I don't know what apples have to do with the plot, but WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?) being held in a pair of disembodied hands. But it still probably counts.
* Many, many old (and other hardcover) books are like this, with just a title printed on the spine. Of course some of those could be because the book jacket is missing. It can also be because the original paperback cover fell off and got lost, and the book was rebound in hardcover in a library.
* Faber & Faber's poetry books are often this ([[http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/bark/9780571273904 example]]).
* [[Literature/GravitysRainbow Thomas Pynchon's]] ''Mason & Dixon'' and ''Against the Day'', released in 1997 and 2006, respectively.
** As well as the man's very first book, ''V.''. [[MindScrew Suits it pretty well if you come to think of it]].
* The first edition of [[Creator/StephenKing Richard Bachman's]] ''Thinner''
** Speaking of Creator/StephenKing, there's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Insomniaking2.jpg the first edition]] of ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}''.
** There's also his ''Literature/JustAfterSunset'' anthology.
* Not counting the mylar cover it was packaged in, Madonna's book ''Sex'' just has the title in tiny, raised letters on a blank cover.
* A few of Creator/CormacMcCarthy's books.
* The UK/Ireland editions of the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' books all have [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1370926063l/1111608.jpg plain black covers bearing the author's name,]] [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1267233179l/1231807.jpg title of the book,]] and a [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1267233492l/867544.jpg line drawing of the Wheel and an ouroboros.]] These are considerably more popular than the horrid and nonsensical American covers.
** Some editions of LordOfTheRings as well. [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1306539821l/727810.jpg Such as this minimalist paperback cover;]] each volume has a pure black background, the title set above one ring (each volume makes it a different color), the author's name and a subtitle stating which part of the trilogy it is.
* The English-language paperback editions of the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels feature a [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1322928146l/6076675.jpg plain red cover]] with an understated title and a small, easily-overlooked silhouette of Haruhi. The hardcovers, however, bear the original Japanese art, probably on the grounds that anybody buying the hardcover is already a die-hard fan.
* Corgi's new, "classy" covers of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, especially the early ones. A mostly black cover, with Creator/TerryPratchett's name at the top, the title half-way down and a grey image with gold highlights in the lower half. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SniTwfm5BwE/Slt96M1WVJI/AAAAAAAABWg/NT00vcfPp5E/s400/Colour+of+Magic+UK.JPG Compare the two covers of]] ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''.
* Plentiful of Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's work had this on their first (and many later in some cases) editions, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lullabycvr.jpg especially]] ''{{Lullaby}}'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Diarycvr.jpg Diary]]''.
* ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye.'' [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1213855913l/3480930.jpg White cover, black text, flat rainbow-colored stripes in one corner.]] Many of Salinger's books can be found with that same pattern.
* Some of France's publishing houses use minimalist covers for their most prestigious collections. See for instance the [[http://air-libris.com/admin/upload/uploads/tests/APOLLINAIRE-ALCOOLS-NRF1948.jpg nrf]] or [[http://www.mediapart.fr/files/Christine%20Marcandier-Bry/lettres.jpg les Editions de Minuit]].
* The [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327866201l/71332.jpg cover]] for Literature/{{Push}} by Sapphire is just the title of the book on a red background.
* ''Literature/{{Incompetence}}'' and ''{{Fat}}'' by Rob Grant have similar covers: A black background with the book's title and a parody of a warning sign (''[[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/471083.Incompetence?ac=1 Incompetence]]'' has a "no IQ" sign, while ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1910769.Fat Fat]]'' has the symbol for men's and women's bathrooms with the man symbol depicted as overweight).
* The m/m crime thriller series ''[[http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/universe/cut-run Cut & Run]]'' by Abigail Roux is definitely an example of Single Object Focus; typically a single item (a balloon animal, a voodoo doll, a pair of handcuffs) and at most two items (a compass and anchor) are featured against a solid white background and simple black font for the writer's name.
** Similarly, the SpinOff series, ''A Sidewinder Story'', does much the same thing (featuring a four-leaf clover or a Celtic cross) with the exception that the background is a single textured/stylized color instead of white.
* The historical fiction story ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/384597.Arcadia?ac=1 Arcadia]]'' by Tom Stoppard counts too.
* Plenty of books in recent years that feature the "exploding flower" motif are this: Lucie Whitehouse's ''[[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1369569396l/17978144.jpg Before We Met]]'', and Liane Moriarty's ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17802724-the-husband-s-secret?ac=1 The Husband's Secret]]'' being two examples.
* ''[[https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15771862-wave?ac=1 Wave]]'' by Sonali Deraniyagala.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lovely_Bones The Lovely Bones]]'' too. Blue cover, white title, no-fuss-no-muss author's name, and a single floating bracelet with a teeny tiny house pendant on it.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* DVD Edition of Creator/ChrisMorris's ''Series/{{Jam}}'' [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm739351552/tt0240273 had one.]]
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy's]] return from the dead was [[http://slayerlit.us/features/pics/f5/1.jpg advertised]] with one.
* [[http://flavorwire.com/topics/orange-is-the-new-black-3 These]] posters for Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The UrExample is probably Music/TheBeatles' 1968 double album ''[[Music/TheWhiteAlbum The Beatles]]'', with its blank white cover featuring only the name of the band. It is far better known today as "[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/TheBeatles68LP.jpg The White Album]]".
** Music/{{Metallica}}'s [[http://www.marshallofrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Metallica-Metallica-BlackAlbum1.jpg eponymous black album]].
** [[{{Prince}} The Artist Formerly Known As The Love Symbol Formerly Known As Prince's]] ''Black Album''.
** Music/JohnLennon and the Plastic Ono Band's ''Live Peace in Toronto 1969'' has a picture of a blue sky with a few clouds.
** The cover of Benjamin Britten's recording of his ''War Requiem'' just has white text on an all-black background.
** As well as Peter Hammill's ''A Black Box''
*** Speaking of Peter Hammill, there's ''Godbluff'' by VanDerGraafGenerator.
** Music/{{Buckethead}}'s ''DCK''.
** ''[[Music/BackInBlack Back in]] [[Music/{{ACDC}} Black]]''.
** ''So Far'' by Faust.
** The censored version of ''[[Music/SpinalTap Smell the Glove]]'' by Spinal Tap ''is'' the mother of all black sleeves. (Metallica said they were inspired by it for their album)
** The Songs : Ohia album ''Ghost Tropic'' has just the album title on a black background.
** Danger Mouse's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Danger_Mouse_The_Grey_Album.svg ''The Grey Album'']] is here to balance it out. Especially when it incidentally happens to have sampled Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum, mixed with the vocals of Black Album of... Jay-Z's. Whose black album was less fitting for this trope.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatallica Beatallica]] also had a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Beatallica_-_Beatallica.jpg Gray Album]]'', which was exactly what you'd expect.
** Comedy duo Martin/Molloy released an album titled ''The Brown Album'' (a parody of ''The White Album'') that had, you guessed it, a completely brown cover.
** Music/{{Primus}} also have a ''Brown Album''.
** Music/{{Gumby}} tribute anthology, officially titled "Gumby" but basically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumby_%28album%29 The Green Album.]]
* Peter Saville's first big splash was ''Music/Unknown Pleasures'' by Music/JoyDivision. That being early work, he actually put the band and album name on the sleeve (in small print on the back).
** He quickly grew out of this, of course. Music/NewOrder's first big hit single, "Blue Monday," had the band and song names only as a ''colour code''. The accompanying album, ''Power, Corruption and Lies'', only had the ''catalogue number'', FACT-75, on the cover - as text on the spine and, of course, colour code.
** The cover of Music/NewOrder's ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/00/NOBrotherhood.jpg Brotherhood]]'' is a a photo of zinc-titanium alloy.
** Saville pushed design well beyond reasonable limits. The die-cut cover for "Blue Monday", meant to resemble a floppy disk, was much more expensive to produce than a standard cover and reputedly lost money on every copy sold ... this became problematic when it turned out to be a hit.
** He also caused many (quite financially important) New Order releases to be delayed because he took so long to come up with the ''perfect'' sleeve. He would be so late they would say [[http://the-talks.com/interviews/peter-saville/ "just get it to the printer!"]] - without the label or band even seeing it.
** The [[http://www.cerysmaticfactory.info/fact14.html sandpaper sleeve]] of the first pressing of ''The Return of the Durutti Column'' was not Saville, but Tony Wilson, the head of Factory. Now you know what level of freedom Saville had there.
* The front cover art of most of The Young Gods' releases are mostly just the band's name engraved on a different background. Their ''Only Heaven'' is an even straighter example.
* This trope (or at least one variant of it) would be alternatively be called [[DesignStudentsOrgasm The Designed Republic]], after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Designers_Republic the late graphic design studio]] who tended to produce covers like these.
** The cover art they did for Music/{{Autechre}} deserves mention. The one pictured comes from their ''Tri Repetae''. And yes, that cover ''does'' [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial completely]] look like that.
** ''Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae'' apparently seems like a ShoutOut to Kazimir Malevich's ''Black Square'', don't you think?
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] apparently loves these. Special mention goes to the Rob Sheridan-designed ones.
* Music/FranzFerdinand's debut ''Music/FranzFerdinand2004'' is just a black cover with a slightly stylized typeset of the band's name. They initially planned to take this UpToEleven and do it for all their albums. They continued it with their second album ''Music/YouCouldHaveItSoMuchBetter'', but they were then required to start naming their albums after that, much to their chagrin.
--> '''Alex Kapranos:''' "The whole point is that the album doesn’t have a title.... The albums are going to be identified by their colour schemes rather than a title."
* {{Starflyer 59}} has played with this to various degrees.
** Four of their albums had solid monochromatic covers, with no text: ''Silver'', ''Gold'', ''Americana'' (red cover), and ''I Am the Portuguese Blues'' (metallic blue cover). The ''Everybody Makes Mistakes'' cover was yellow, with small text running along the left margin, and a large 9 as a false watermark.
** The album ''Dial M'' doesn't count, but covers of associated releases--the single "The Brightest of the Head", and the ''Minor Keys EP''--just feature blocky white and red text on a black background.
** Side project: ''The Right Amount'' by Bon Voyage was a light bulb against a black background. The only text was on a removable sticker.
* Music/JoyElectric's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TWS.jpg The White Songbook]]'', ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hellomannequin%28album%29.jpg Hello Mannequin]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TMOA_%28album%29.jpg The Ministry of Archers]]''.
* Speaking of Music/{{Starflyer 59}} and Music/JoyElectric, their collaborative album ''The Brothers Martin'' just had a simple line drawing diagram of Earth's magnetic poles as the cover.
* Alternative rap group Giant Robot released an album entitled ''33 rpm Robotics''. The cover? An up-close photo of cardboard.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yes-close.jpg Few]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:90125album.jpg of]] {{Yes}} albums are this.
** ''Close to the Edge'' made up for its minimalist exterior by having a Roger Dean painting on the ''inside'' of the gatefold.
* ''Do you know Squarepusher?'' by Music/{{Squarepusher}}''. The guy was incidentally signed to the record label The Designers Republic themselves were somewhat involved on, noneless.
* Cover of Justice's (the French electronica duo) debut album ''Cross'' consists solely of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the glowing cross]] on a black background.
* Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon''.
** ''Music/TheWall'', ''Music/{{Meddle}}'', and ''Music/AtomHeartMother'' too.
* Music/AphexTwin and his ''26 Mixes for Cash''.
** The cover of the second print of his ''Come to Daddy'' is just the white "An image of children chasing after an ice-cream from an Orange? TV commercial advertising Text messaging." text on an orange background. Again, The Designers Republic did it.
** And ''Chosen Lords''.
** ''Selected Ambient Works 85-92'' is just the logo, artist, and album name. ''Richard D. James Album'' may also qualify.
* Among some of Swans' stuff, there's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swansep.jpg their eponymous EP]].
** Not counting the band name and album title labels, their ''Filth'' don't feature much besides the angry teeth on a black background.
** Their ''[[Music/JoyDivision Love Will Tear Us Apart]]'' EP has an all-red cover with text only on top and bottom of it.
* Music/{{Coldplay}}'s ''X&Y'', (plus every single from that album) as well as their only (so far) compilation album.
* Every [=LFO=] album has a pretty abstract cover, with ''Sheath'' being the most fitting to the trope.
* Orbital's album ''Middle of Nowhere'' has [[http://www.loopz.co.uk/discog/album/tmon.html a cover]] consisting of a big "O" and a walking man, with a very small text accompanying some versions of it.
* One edition of MindlessSelfIndulgence's ''If''.
* Music/TheChurch and their ''[[http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_church/untitled__23/ Untitled #23]]''
* One prerequisite for this trope has been subverted with Music/ExplosionsInTheSky's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_earth_is_not_a_cold_dead_place.jpg The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place]]'' which cover consists of nothing BUT the album's name [[BrokenRecord written all over and over it]] (with the band's name written in one place with a red outline) on a white background.
** Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''Music/InRainbows'' does the similar "write the titles all over it" thing, with the fancy explosion in the background.
** Music/{{XTC}}'s ''Go 2'' is another album which the front cover consists of a block of text. The text contains [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3a/XTC_Go_2.jpg a humorous diatribe on album covers]]
* Music/{{AFI}}'s ''Sing The Sorrow'', especially the U.S. tour edition cover.
* The Music/PetShopBoys' albums ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/59/PetSopBoysIntrospective.jpg Introspective]]'', ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d3/PetShopBoysVery.jpg Very]]'', and ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/25/PetShopBoysBilingual.jpg Bilingual]]''.
** And for diffrent reasons, ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/07/Yespetshopboys.jpg Yes]]'' and ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/81/PetShopBoys_Fundamental.jpg Fundamental]]''.
* Music/TalkingHeads ''Music/TalkingHeads77'', ''Music/FearOfMusic'', and ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3d/Talkingheadsbrick.jpg Brick]]''.
* Italian group Music/ElioELeStorieTese's album ''[https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608036630598387123&pid=15.1&P=0 Cicciput]]''.
* Russian rock group Kino and their ''Black Album'', released after their lead singer Music/ViktorTsoi passed away.
** Also, their ''Blood Type'' (for abstract art) and ''A Star Called The Sun'' (for single object focus/simple black background)
* Both of the two (so far) Hard-Fi albums. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Hard-fi_-_Once_Upon_a_Time_in_the_West.PNG The cover for their second album]] ''Once Upon a Time in the West'' (as well as the covers for [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/aa/Hard-Fi_-_Suburban_Knights.png all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/50/Hard-Fi_-_Can%27t_Get_Along_%28Without_You%29.png three]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b0/Hard-Fi_-_I_Shall_Overcome_%28Cover%29.PNG singles]] from the album...and the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/23/Hard-Fi_-_Suburban_Knights_%28Promo%29.jpg cover of the promo CD]] for the first single) goes even so far as to [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade on itself]].
* Music/{{Portishead}}'s ''Third''.
* Funkstörung's ''Appendix''.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''Music/{{Amnesiac}}'', even better if you have [[http://sleevage.com/radiohead-amnesiac/ the limited edition]], which ''is'' the red book pictured on a front cover of its standard CD release.
* The censored cover of Music/{{Tool}}'s ''Undertow'' is mainly a one big barcode.
** The uncensored cover counts as well, depicting only a ribcage.
* The cover of Pinebender's ''[[http://sleevage.com/pinebender-too-good-to-be-true/ Too good to be true]]'' is mainly a blue grid paper so you can draw your own cover art on it. The album's first pressing even included a pencil into its jewel case.
** ''Music/{{Beck}}'''s ''The Information'' does the same, except that it comes with stickers (perhaps you could always get your own pencil if that wasn't enough).
* Music/PublicImageLtd's ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Album]]''. Or ''Cassette''. Or ''Compact Disc'', depending on the format.
** The band Flipper called [=PiL=] out when they felt the latter ripped off the former's similarly minimal artwork for ''Album - Generic Flipper''. Which is ironic considering that the cover of the Flipper album is strangely reminiscent of Gang of Four's untitled EP, commonly known as ''Yellow EP''.
*** If anything, the [=PiL=] cover is an homage to Film/RepoMan.
* ''Music/NeverMindTheBollocksHeresTheSexPistols'' by Music/TheSexPistols is pretty much just the title on a yellow background, nothing else.
* All the three Soviettes albums.
* ''[[Music/{{Chicago}} The Chicago Transit Authority]]''.
* Some of ''Low'' albums kinda fit.
* Slowdive's ''Pygmalion''.
* So far, both two albums by The Field.
* Music/AnimalCollective's ''Merriweather Post Pavilion'', although there's a little more to it because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Animal_collective_merriweather.jpg it's an optical illusion]]. When the band made a musical appearance on The Late Show, David Letterman held up their record and joked that it was available "in wallpaper stores everywhere."
** Animal Collective's albums ''Strawberry Jam'', and ''Hollinndagain'', the EP's ''Prospect Hummer'', and ''Fall Be Kind'', and the single ''Summertime Clothes'' were all also textless.
* Adlib's ''[[http://sleevage.com/adlib-mcd/ MCD]]''.
* ''[[Music/{{U2}} No Line on the Horizon]]''.
** Are you sure it's not [=Taylor Deupree/Richard Chartier's=] ''[[http://www.rumorsinmusic.com/files/2009/01/taylor_deupree_specification_fifteen_album_cover.jpg Specification. Fifteen]]''?
* [[http://sleevage.com/the-modernist-editions/ The Modernist Editions]], a series that takes covers of classic albums, like Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' or Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/Th Wall'', and distills them down to a black-and-white pictogram.
* Brakes - [[http://cdn.pitchfork.com/media/1173-give-blood.jpg ''Give Blood'']]
* Shinedown's [[http://hardrockhideout.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/shinedownthesoundofmadness.jpg "The Sound of Madness."]]
* The Hush Sound's first album, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7a/So_Sudden_cover.jpg ''So Sudden'']]
* Music/{{Rush}}'s ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/Rush_Hold_Your_Fire.jpg Hold Your Fire]]''. Also, their self-titled debut, ''Music/{{2112}}'', and ''Counterparts''.
* Susumu Yokotas album Grinning Cat. [[http://www.tunequest.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/grinning-cat.png See it here]]
* Music/JohnZorn's ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e5/IAO.jpg I.A.O.]]''
* Coil and their ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/TimeMachinesEskaton10.jpg Time Machines]]''.
* Music/SteelyDan's ''[[http://starworksny.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/steely-dan-aja-album-cover.jpg Aja]]''.
* Music/LedZeppelin's [[Music/LedZeppelin1969 self-titled debut]], with the famous image of the Hindenburg explosion. Also, ''Coda''.
* Music/ThePolice's ''Ghost in the Machine''.
* DeathInJune and their ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TheWorldThatSummer.jpg The World That Summer]]'', ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BrownBook.jpg Brown Book]]'' and ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AlarmAgentsDeathInJuneBoydRice.jpg Alarm Agents]]''
* Music/DevendraBanhart's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DB-NinoRojo.jpg Nino Rojo]]''
* Throbbing Gristle and their ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ThrobbingGristle2ndAnnualReportCDCover.jpg The Second Annual Report]]''
* [[Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten Einstürzende Neubauten]], as well as their ''Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala''
* Few Groove Armada albums are this, especially ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Groove_Armada_-_2010_-_Black_Light.jpg Black Light]]''.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pack-Shot-EP001.jpg EP001]]'', the debut EP of Dhani Harrison's (Music/GeorgeHarrison's son) thenewno2 project.
* Every release from experimental drone band Growing to date have not had any text on the artwork, whatsoever.
* The Boredoms' release "Vision Creation Newsun" consists solely of a picture of a young child in front of a sun glare. The limited edition box set of the album had artwork that consisted of nothing but simple vector shapes.
* The Secret Machines have released several albums with minimal artwork, notably September 000, which is simply a blue circle on a white background, with black text of the band name in the lower corner. The iTunes release of the album did not have the black text, leaving the artwork simply as the large blue circle.
* Music/BrianEno seems to be a fan of this trope as well, for example ''Music/Ambient1MusicForAirports'' and ''Music/ApolloAtmospheresAndSoundtracks''. His ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fd/Brian_Eno_-_Music_for_Films.jpg Music for Films]]'' is the most minimalistic.
** This extends to his collaborations as well, like in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fripp_%26_Eno%27s_Evening_Star.jpg Evening Star]]'' with [[Music/KingCrimson Robert Fripp]] and the aforementioned Music/{{U2}} album.
* German Krautrock duo Cluster also have a few albums like this, notable among which is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Clustergw.jpg Grosses Wasser]]''. And let's not even mention their collaborations with Eno himself.
* Speaking of, mentioning a Music/KingCrimson member seems more appropriate if you consider [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King_Crimson_Discipline.jpg every]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KingCrimsonBeatCover.jpg single]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King_Crimson_-_Three_of_a_Perfect_Pair.jpg album]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King_Crimson_THRAK.jpg they've]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_ConstruKction_of_Light.jpg made]] in 1980-2000. And before that, we had ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:King_Crimson_-_Starless_And_Bible_Black.jpg Starless and Bible Black]]'' ([[BibleBlack no relation]]).
* Music/VelvetUnderground's Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico'' as well as ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat''.
* Music/VenetianSnares had ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Venetian_Snares_-_printf.jpg printf("shiver in eternal darkness/n");]]''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EminemInfinite.jpg Both]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Infinite_rerelease.jpg releases]] of Music/{{Eminem}}'s ''[[OldShame Infinite]]''.
* Music/ToddRundgren’s ''Faithful'' came in a plain, beige cover with just the album title and Todd’s name in lowercase letters across the top.
* The cover for the XX's self-titled debut album appears to be a white "x" on black background. Actually it's die-cut and the CD booklet is white. Second album ''Coexist'' does the same thing with an inverted color scheme, though there's a rainbow streak like you sometimes see in oil slicks going up part of the "X". All of their singles so have also followed suit, with different patterns on the booklets.
* Music/{{Sparks}}' ''Music/LilBeethoven''.
* Music/DrDre's ''2001''.
* Several Wizard Rock albums have these, starting with Harry and the Potters [[http://bandcamp.com/files/22/89/2289390273-1.jpg first, self-titled album]]: the 2007 EP of the Month Club albums, specially [[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/5/4/4/154417.jpg Voldemort's ''Evil is Sexy'']] and Roonil Wazlib's [[http://www.wizardrockclub.com/files/disks/roonil300.png ''Putting Fluffy to Sleep'']], [[http://i55.tinypic.com/1220lm8.jpg ''OMG It's Catchlove'']], [[http://bandcamp.com/files/38/39/3839678718-1.jpg ''VII'']] by Creevey Crisis, Gred and Forge's [[http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff306/gredandforgerock/gredandforgecdcoversmall.gif first album]], and The Butterbeer Experience's [[http://lenagabrielle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Front_fin-2.jpg ''Love Will Prevail: Songs from The Final Battle'']].
** Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls' [[http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/108/l_9ded5e3eb650448e97a74e24319fc13e.jpg full set of House EPs]] would have been this, had it been completed. Sadly, we only got the Slytherin EP.
* [[Music/{{Royksopp}} Röyksopp's]] ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Royksopp_Senior_Cover.jpg Senior]]'', contrasting [[DesignStudentsOrgasm the approach]] taken from their previous album, ''Junior''.
* Music/FrankZappa's ''Music/FillmoreEastJune1971'' and ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention'', which is about as cheap-looking as you can get.
* Junior Boys's Begone Dull Care fits.... [[http://www.amazon.com/Begone-Dull-Care-Junior-Boys/dp/B001T46UBO]]
* ''Live At Leeds'' by Music/TheWho.
* ''Works Volumes 1 and 2'' by Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer.
* Music/LimpBizkit's ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Greatest Hitz]]'', quite unusual considering everything else they have done.
-->'''Fred Durst:''' I wanted it to stand out on the shelf and I did not want it to look like every other metal band record.
* Music/{{Soulwax}}- their newer album covers will [[http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/soulwax_any_minute_now.jpg hurt]] [[http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/soulwax_nite_versions.jpg your eyes]] and make you scratch your head... until you see the hidden text.
* Music/ArcticMonkeys' ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Suckitandsee.jpg Suck It And See]]''.
* The Music/DireStraits album ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Making_Movies.png Making Movies]]''.
* ''Music/{{Brothers}}'' by Music/TheBlackKeys just shows a text.
** Which may be a ShoutOut to the cover of Music/HowlinWolf's ''Music/TheHowlinWolfAlbum'', which also shows just a text (and has a similar looking font).
* ''Music/MasterOfReality'' by Music/BlackSabbath.
* After Music/TheRollingStones' label rejected their original cover for ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' (which featured BathroomStallGraffiti), they substituted a plain white cover, done up as a mock "R.S.V.P." invitation card. (When the album was reissued on CD in the '80s, the graffiti cover was used instead.)
* Music/{{Spiritualized}} has several minimalist covers, but ''Sweet Heart, Sweet Light'' takes the cake: A white background, a green, octagonal outline, and the blue sans-serif text, "Huh?". Frontman Jason Pierce designed the cover, partly because he wanted something that would still look good when shrunk down to a 100 pixel thumbnail, and partly because ''Huh?'' was what he originally wanted to name the album.
* Music/GreenDay's ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' cover is supposed to invoke this. It may not be completely minimalistic, but compared to earlier albums such as Dookie and Insomniac, it counts.
** ''Kerplunk'' also.
* ''Boys & Girls'' by Alabama Shakes.
* [[Music/LupeFiasco Lupe Fiasco's]] ''[[LongTitle Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album pt. 1]]" takes this UpToEleven. It's album is completely black. No, not just the front cover. The entire album. The cover of his "Friend of the People" mix-tape also counts having just the word "JESUS" in solid white letters on a black background.
* [[http://www.discology.be/jaquettes2/simple-minds_real-to-real-cacophony.jpg "Real To Real Cacophony"]] by Music/SimpleMinds. Though apparently, the original release was thermographic.
* Bush's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bush-Golden_State.jpg Golden State]]'' - originally there was going to be a ''slightly'' less minimal cover [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Scrappedgoldenstate.jpg featuring the silhouette of an airplane]], but that started seeming TooSoon by its release date of October 2001.
* Music/AvengedSevenfold's self-titled album.
* The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e2/Neu_albumcover.jpg eponymous first album]] by the krautrock band Neu.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s second album: a green/white traffic cone with "Kraftwerk 2" in stencilled letters.
* Silkworm's ''Italian Platinum'': the band name and album title in small print and {{all lowercase letters}} over a white background, with two lines of barely visible light blue asterisks above and below the text. The album's All Music Guide review speculates that it's supposed to look like the cover page to "someone's 10th-grade English paper".
* ''Yeezus'' by Music/KanyeWest doesn't even have a proper cover. In physical form, there is just a piece of red tape sealing it, with a plain CD, and a text-only tracklist on the back. The official representation of it pretty much reflects the same thing.
* Music/SigurRos' album ''()'', also known as ''Untitled'', is all white with the parentheses in a slightly less glossy white.
* Every album so far by The Field. ''From Here We Go Sublime'', ''Yesterday And Today'' and ''Looping State Of Mind'' look almost exactly alike, with the band name, album title, and a tiny logo for the record label printed in a handwriting-like font over a plain off-white background - the only differences between albums are that the text is in different colors, and the background is a slightly different shade of off-white. ''Cupid's Head'' switches things up but is if anything ''more'' minimal, since the same font is used, but it's black text on a black cover... Although digital versions of ''Cupid's Head'' use an alternate cover where it's white text on a black background, so it's at least easier to read as a thumbnail image.
* ''[[http://buttitta.info/dump/lappelduvide.jpeg L'Appel du Vide]]'' by Music/LifeInYellow. Black text on a slightly off-black background…and none of which is yellow.
* The artwork of Digitalism's second album, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Love_You_Dude I Love You, Dude]],'' is just a black, heart-shaped octagon on a white background with the band and album name in simple text on the top left.
* Music/{{Lorde}}'s ''Music/PureHeroine''. The cover is completely black with nothing but the name of the artist and album.
* Music/CharlesMingus' album ''Music/MingusAhUm'': the album cover is an abstract image, painted by S. Neil Fujita.
* Music/TheStoneRoses' debut album, ''[[Music/TheStoneRosesAlbum The Stone Roses]]'' has an abstract painting on the cover.
* The album covers of Music/GratefulDead's ''Music/AnthemOfTheSun'' and ''Music/AmericanBeauty'' are both abstract images, delving in with their PsychedelicRock image.
* ''Music/SeventeenSeconds'' by Music/TheCure: try to describe what we're even looking at on the cover?
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[[folder:New Media]]
* [[Website/SomethingAwful The Goons]] have once launched a photoshop contest on "classy" literature-influenced covers for various modern Video Games. Some of the entries kinda fit for this trope. [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/photoshop-phriday/classy-games4.php?page=1 Here's the now fourth edition of it]].
* [[http://www.vgboxart.com/view/8827/the.darkness/?replies=76 This]] [=VGBoxArt=] entry managed to spoof this.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[HeroSystem The Hero System 4th Edition]]'' cover was four-color comic book action with art done by notable comic-book artist George Perez. By fifth edition, Hero Games couldn't afford that sort of thing anymore. So fifth edition is black on black, with only the Hero Games logo on the cover.
** Now that they have all that MMO license money Hero Games could afford to do that sort of thing again, but chose instead to again go minimalist with a ''Yellow'' logo on a Blue background for the 6th Edition cover.
* CardsAgainstHumanity has this not just on the cover, but on the cards as well. Everything is either black Helvetica on a white background or white Helvetica on a black background.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Almost the entire North American and PAL ''Console/SegaMasterSystem'' library. This however, was more due to Sega thinking that if a game came from the arcades people would immediately buy the game, no matter how minimal the box art is.
* The Designers Republic were involved with earlier ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}'' installments. It shows especially well in case of the third game and its UpdatedRerelease.
* The later ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' installments, starting with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. Each one just depicts a symbol with the title on it, placed on what looks like the cover of a leather-bound book.
* Just about every ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' installment sans ''Quake Wars''. The jewel cases for the first one sometimes go as far as to feature just a game's (and id software's) logo on a gritty background, withouth any text whatsoever.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' (before the Game of the Year edition that has Gordon in it). This carried over to European releases of [[POVSequel the expansion packs]], as the US releases do feature their protagonists.
* The Collector's Edition of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' only has a shot of a bloodstained N7 logo set at an angle on the front cover. The ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' Collector's Edition is similar.
* ''{{Darker}}'' is an [[StealthPun obscure]] PC game set in a planet that is pitch-black in one side. Appropriately enough, [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/darker/cover-art/gameCoverId,123567/ its cover art]] besides the title, logo and the stickers feature a black silhouette of the city with two power plants superimposed on a nearly black background.
* The cover artwork of the Japanese and American releases of the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' for the PlayStation consisted of a simple white background with the game's logo. The European release on the other hand, featured an illustration of Solid Snake's face to it.
* As ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' shows, Valve is apparently very fond of this kind of stuff.
** The original version of the cover for ''The Orange Box'' was going to be just that: pure orange, with a list of the games. The final version got changed.
* If it's not for the detailed background its cover happens to have, ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' would otherwise count, with its focus on that severed hand.
** More fitting example would be ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. Surprise, it's Valve.
** As well as ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', which cover is mostly a shot of Isaac's helmet in a dark.
* Limited Editions of some games may be packaged with this kind of cover, [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/prince-of-persia-pre-order-pack/cover-art/gameCoverId,132597/ notably]] ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008''.
** [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/xbox360/halo-3-limited-edition/cover-art/gameCoverId,104002/ Then there's]] the ''{{Halo 3}}'' one. Helps that the "Halo" text isn't even anywhere to be seen, just [[IconicLogo the "3" enclosed on an "O"]].
* Most of the front cover of ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' is a hand-shaped splatter on a black background.
* The old PC game ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Quarantine-gamebox.jpg Quarantine]]'' (completely unrelated to [[Film/{{Quarantine}} the 2008 movie]]).
* ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky''
* ''VideoGame/UltimaVII: The Black Gate''. (''VideoGame/UltimaVIII: Pagan'' and ''VideoGame/UltimaIX: Ascension'' were originally planned to do the same, in red and white respectively, but that didn't happen.)
** The later US releases of ''Pagan'' have the Pentagram removed from the cover [[MoralGuardians for some reason]], making the cover more qualifiable for this trope.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}:Hellfire'' expansion pack.
* ''9 : The Last Resort'' (no connection to [[LastRes0rt the certain webcomic]] or [[WesternAnimation/{{Nine}} the 2009 CGI film]]) is an AdventureGame with Robert De Niro involved in its production. Its cover - company logos aside - features mostly a monkey holding a card with an "9" on it.
* The European versions of the first ''MDK''.
* The entirety of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series, sans the American version of [[Videogame/{{Earthbound}} the only entry in the series]] [[NoExportForYou to be released outside Japan]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' had a shield with one section cut out to reveal the cartridge inside.
** [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The second game]] had just a picture of a sword on the cover.
** By ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast,'' the game's logo on a gold background was the only cover art these games had. This lasted until the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle series]],'' which had rather crowded box art by the series' standards.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''' North American boxart shows only a sketch of Link and Wolf Link's face separated diagonally.
* ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite''.
* Non-Game of the Year editions of ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein''.
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkSpire''.
* [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/animal/cover-art/gameCoverId,61312/ An obscure 1996 adventure game]] called ''Animal'' features this.
* "Vanilla" ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 its sequel]]. Few of their expansion packs count to some extent as well.
** To some extent, the ''BaldursGate'' series as well.
*** Sort of subverted with [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Baldur's Gate's own Spiritual Successor though.]]
* ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation/internal-section/cover-art/gameCoverId,48975/ Internal Selection]]''
* The US cover art for ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' pretty much just has the main character Mao, and the game's title on it. Very minimalistic compared to the US boxarts of the previous games, which at least feature most of the main characters, and ''extremely'' minimalistic compared to the JP boxart, which is a character montage featuring all of the main characters, plus most of the generic units, as well.
* [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YL50vvs0dz8/UyC_NnUWZoI/AAAAAAAAQ_k/DXT4RfUhpMw/s1600/gh15.jpg The cover]] of ZX Spectrum game ''Go to Hell'', just a small title dripping blood on a white background, is pretty surprising since the actual game is as garish and crude as it gets.
* The Japanese and PAL releases of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games from ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII VII]]'' to ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX X]]'' originally had a cover with the game's logo on a white background. Examples [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/a/ad/Ff7_eu.jpg 1]], [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/3/33/Final_Fantasy_VIII_European_box_art.jpg 2]], [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/3/3f/Ff9_eu.jpg 3]], [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/5/55/X_eurofront.jpg 4]]. This actually makes the more complex covers of the American releases look downright odd to people used to logo and white.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''[='s=] SNES release also utilized a [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/index.php?title=Final_Fantasy_IVℑ=Ff2usbox-gif minimalist cover]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Darwinia}}''.
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission 2'' and ''Alternative''.
* The cover for ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' is a simple focus on a piece of wet origami. Unless you live in the US, and then the focus is [[MaleGaze something]] [[CompletelyMissingThePoint else]].
* [[http://kotaku.com/5145909/a-second-serving-of-classic-reimagined-game-covers Game covers re-imagined as old books]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkColony'', in certain countries. A big logo "DC", the game's title, a brief tagline, and lots and lots of completely empty brown space. [[http://pics.mobygames.com/images/covers/large/1274002762-00.jpg Just take a look.]]
* The cover for ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' just consists of the game's logo on a white background, as does the loading screen. The opening screen is the logo against a background that starts out totally black and gradually gets filled in with dark blue designs.
* ''{{Edge}}'' magazine has done some incredibly minimalist covers for particularly massive [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_d/3489586504/in/set-72157616611119113 hardware]] or [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_d/3499491585/in/set-72157616611119113 software]] releases.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Resistance 3's]]'' cover is just the white imprint of a chimera face on an orange background. That's it.
* The ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series always had [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/0/0e/MLRPGBox.png minimalistic]] [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/1/15/PiTJP.jpg cover]] [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/6/69/Japanaseboxrpg3.jpg arts]] [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/5/57/Box_JP_-_M%26LRPG4.png in Japanese]]. The first two games' overseas releases were much more elaborate, but starting from the third game, the Japanese cover art was used everywhere.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'''s boxart consists of just the game's title and logo.
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* Designing minimalistic posters for popular works has become somewhat popular in recent years, thanks to increased access to graphic design tools, such as Photoshop. For example, [[http://minimalmovieposters.tumblr.com/ this]] tumblr page collects minimalist movie posters.
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* Peter Saville again: [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/oct/26/fitting-headstone-tony-wilson-grave The gravestone of Tony Wilson from Factory Records]].
** Possibly beaten by [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/misterpeter/2921451736/ the gravestone of artist Patrick Caulfield]].
* The infamous ''[[GodIsDead Is God Dead?]]'' TIME [[http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19660408,00.html magazine issue]].
** Also, Newsweek's ''The Decline and Fall of Christian America'' issue.
* ''Esquire'' magazine's [[http://www.esquire.com/features/vietnam-war-m-company-0365 October 1966 issue cover]], and ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''[='s=] [[http://www.spd.org/images/blog/New%20Yorker2%20081108%20-%20spiegelman-cover_thumb_w_580.jpg issue following 9/11]]; voted #8 and #6, respectively, in [[http://www.magazine.org/asme/top_40_covers/ ASME's top 40 magazine covers]].
* News magazine ''The Economist'' once ran an article about zero inflation. Apart from the small red-and-white logo the cover just had a big white 0% on a black background.
** Speaking of ''The Economist'', [[http://consumerist.com/5059758/the-economist-sums-up-financial-crisis-oh-fuck this spoof]] would be possibly the best minimalistic cover ever if it were true.
** [[http://daviddoctorrose.wordpress.com/2007/03/21/when-simple-can-work-interesting-print-for-the-economist/ This ad]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Libya flag of Libya]] was entirely and monochromatically green from 1977 to 2011.
** ''TheOnion'' made fun of this in their ''Our Dumb World'' book: "The flag of Libya represents green."
** Then there's the white flag of surrendering, the red flag of communists and socialists, and the black flag of anarchists.
** A lot of flags, especially old ones, are minimalist, usually having two to four colours arranged in rather standard shapes. Notable examples include France (blue, white and red tricolour), Japan (red circle on a white field), Austria (red field with a white stripe in the middle) and similar designs.
** From 1996 to 1997, the Taliban government of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Afghanistan Afghanistan]] used an all-white flag.
* Covering the Hutton Inquiry, ''[[BritishNewspapers The Independent]]'' had a blank front page above the fold with just "WHITEWASH?" (in red) and "THE HUTTON REPORT" (in black).
* [[http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/7460/jasper-morrison-september-cover-of-icon-magazine.html One issue]] of ''Icon magazine'' was this.
* The [[http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2009/11/16/game-informer-s-200th-issue-revealed.aspx 200th issue]] of Game Informer had eight different possible covers, which were all white with images from iconic games on them. Some were more minimalistic than others.
* Polish magazine ''Przekroj'' had a couple of issues with minimalist covers, but the most fitting have to be [[http://zuzga.nazwa.pl/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/przekroj.jpg the 65th anniversary issue]] as well as [[http://www.press.pl/jedynki/pokaz.php?dzien=2010-04-11&id_g=84 the issue following the plane crash that took out the president]].
* Speaking of the Smolensk disaster, a daily Polish newspaper ''Metro'' [[http://www.emetro.pl/emetro/1715307,0.html?skan=7757271 had one too]].
* The French writer and humorist Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) held a couple of "art shows" at the Galerie Vivienne in 1883 and 1884 that visually showcased his literal brand of wit. Here is his 1883 masterpiece [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Allais_Alphonse_1883_Carre_albi.jpg "First Communion of Anemic Young Girls in the Snow".]]
* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' Issue [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100703201225/tardis/images/7/7a/DWM_Issue_423_Front_Cover.jpg 423]] (released after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]] was broadcast) bore a black background with only the logo and The Crack in Time; the cover also wrapped round onto the back.
* The Cleveland Browns football team logo.
* The ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' cover featuring the Miracle on Ice celebration is the only one in the history of the magazine to have no other words besides the title ''Sports Illustrated'' on it.
* After recently being revived from bankruptcy, graphic design industry journal Grafik has had covers that have a large central image, large masthead and small selection of article titles and that's it.
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