Tisci's instantly recognizable motifs – geometrical prints, surreal religious iconography – factor into Watch The Throne's heavily gilded, highly symmetrical compositional schemata, also adding a heightened sense of majesterial ritualism to the design experience.
Tisci's disc design balances a highly texturized sheen with a naturalistic wood grain.
Animal faces and "American obsessions" serve as a major motif, linking the album artwork to Tisci's design principles, which often explore various textures of cultural identity.
Givenchy's rep notes that the "cover seems to be embroidered, while the inside artwork looks painted and printed," a duality that heavily references Tisci's Couture-directed decorative principles.
Bold colors and angular lines were incorporated symbolically to convey the "masculinity of two of the most iconic rap figures of our time."