An independent archive of typography.

Tally Hall – Good & Evil album art

Contributed by O. Blaufuss on May 22nd, 2021. Artwork published in
June 2011
Tally Hall – Good & Evil album art 1
Source: License: All Rights Reserved.

Good & Evil is Tally Hall’s second studio album. It was released on June 21, 2011 by independent label Quack! Media on CD, vinyl, and digital download.

A radical inversion of the dense, ornate woodcut-style art of the first album, this cover is stark and geometric. At first glance, the pattern seems endlessly recursive: each inner layer rotates the first one by 45 degrees to the right. But it actually isn’t. Every four layers, the unmirrored words “TALLY HALL” in Helvetica Bold appear back at the top of the square (to continue the pattern, they would have to be 180 degrees from the outermost layer, or at the bottom), breaking the otherwise perfect fractal.

The back, and the accompanying lyrics booklet, use Mrs Eaves (in roman, italic, and small caps). The traditional Tally Hall logo in all-lowercase Arial with interlinear ligatures can also be seen on the back cover.

[More info on Discogs]

Tally Hall – Good & Evil album art 2
Source: License: All Rights Reserved.
Tally Hall – Good & Evil album art 3
Source: License: All Rights Reserved.


  • Helvetica
  • Mrs Eaves
  • Arial




Artwork location

4 Comments on “Tally Hall – Good & Evil album art”

  1. Contributor O. Blaufuss asked if the album title could be set in Arial instead of Helvetica, since the band has often used Arial on their artwork. Here is a comparison between Arial (top), Helvetica (middle) and both lines superimposed (bottom). The differences are small but notable: the A in Arial is slightly wider; the horizontal bar on the L is less thin than Helvetica’s, etcetera.

  2. jameel says:
    May 23rd, 2021 6:56 am

    So is the Tally Hall type in Arial or in Helvetica?

  3. Hello Jameel, as mentioned in the description, the band name is set in Helvetica on the album cover.

  4. Imogen says:
    Oct 4th, 2023 12:46 pm

    Do you have a source saying Joe designed it? I’m trying to research the art for a school project

  5. Imogen, yes: if you follow the link to Discogs, you will find that Joe Hawley is credited for art direction and design.

Post a comment