Elevating your podcast's artwork

Posted by Terri Lydon | Apr 30, 2024

Overlooking the significance of podcast artwork can be a missed opportunity. Artwork serves as your podcast’s visual ambassador. It may be the first impression your audience gets of your podcast, both of the series and also of each episode.

The differences between series art and episode art:

Series art

  • Serves as the face of your podcast—making a great first impression and inviting listeners into your world.

  • Grabs your listeners' attention across podcast listings and social media.

  • Conveys your podcast’s overarching theme, tone and identity.

Episode art

  • Zooms in on individual episodes with tailored visuals.

  • Relects the specific content, guests or topics covered while maintaining consistency with the series art.

  • Makes your episode list easier for listeners to navigate.

  • Provides guests with something to share on their own social media.


Podcast artwork’s role:

1. Capture attention.

Grabbing your audience’s attention is critical and challenging. Visually appealing artwork acts as a magnet, drawing in potential listeners through the clutter. A well-crafted podcast cover should convey the podcast's identity and entice users to listen.

2. Establish brand identity.

Consistency breeds recognition. Podcast artwork, whether it's series art or episode art, plays a pivotal role in shaping and reinforcing brand identity. Through consistent design elements such as logos, colors and typography, artwork helps your listeners find you in the crowded market.

3. Reflect content and tone.

Artwork serves as a visual storyteller, offering a glimpse into your podcast. Whether it's the overall theme of your series art or the specific focus of each episode captured in episode art, visuals set expectations and intrigue potential listeners.

4. Enhance shareability and promotion.

Compelling artwork isn't just for aesthetics; it's a powerful promotional tool. Eye-catching visuals accompanying social media posts, teasers and episode announcements grab attention and encourage engagement. Shareable artwork amplifies your podcast's reach, inviting new listeners to join the conversation.


Here’s an example how the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois maximizes the use of their podcast’s artwork.

The Journey Continues series artwork utilizes NKFI’s colors to both grab attention and align with the brand. 



Then the episode artwork is based on a template that aligns with the series artwork. 



It highlights the guest for each episode making it easy for the listener to scan the podcast listing and find a specific episode. 



Plus, the episode artwork is used in social media posts and in the NKFI e-newsletter to bring more attention to the podcast guests.



Podcast artwork is more than just decoration; it's a strategic asset in capturing attention.

We’re here to help. Reach out if you have questions or need artwork!