Tappin Gofton was founded by Mark Tappin, who worked at Blue Source, and Simon Gofton of Tom Hingston Studio. They incorporated as Tappin Gofton in 2006.
The duo first became known for their 1960s-style cover for The Chemical Brothers' album Push the Button. Their Baudot code-inspired art for Coldplay's album X&Y, however, was a larger breakthrough for the duo; Design Observer critic Adrian Shaughnessy wrote that it "[established] them as a new force in contemporary music design." The duo would later design covers for several more Coldplay albums, including Viva la Vida or Death and all His Friends, and Mylo Xyloto.
The duo has also designed covers for The Chemical Brothers' album We Are the Night; Air Traffic's debut album Fractured Life; Morning Runner's debut album Wilderness Is Paradise Now; Wild Beasts' album Present Tense; and The Feeling's debut Twelve Stops and Home.
The company was dissolved in 2015.
Album cover designs (1997-present)
- "'Yellow'" single (2000) (Mark Tappin only)
- Parachutes (2000) (Mark Tappin only)
- Live 2003 (2003) (Mark Tappin only)
- X&Y (2005)
- Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
- Prospekt's March EP (2008)
- LeftRightLeftRightLeft EP (2009) (maybe)
- Mylo Xyloto (2011)
- Live 2012 (2012)
- Pangburn, DJ (11 March 2014). "Visual Sampling: Tappin Gofton Go Geometric On Wild Beasts' New Album Sleeve". Vice. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
- "Tappin Gofton Limited". gov.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
- Shaughnessy, Adrian (8 June 2005). "Decoding Coldplay's XY". Design Observer. Retrieved 4 March 2023.