Vintage stereo system test and demonstration records promise to answer these questions and more while their cover designers, unrestrained by the need to sell a specific artist or title, capture the pure magic of stereophonic sound.
Alex Steinweiss – part 5
Alex Steinweiss (1917 - 2011) played a seminal role in record cover design as the art director for Columbia Records as well as other record companies, London, Decca and A & R records. He revolutionised the way records were packaged and marketed. His genre-defining work in the visual expression of music transformed both the design and the music industries. For full biographical notes on Alex Steinweiss see part 1, and for earlier works, see parts 1-4 also. This is part 5 of a 6-part post on…
The seemingly infinite number of vintage record jackets that convey their message with simple shapes like the dot never cease to amaze and amuse us. Project Thirty-Three is a shrine to these dots along with their less jovial but equally effective cousins, squares, rectangles and triangles, and the designers that make them come to life. Other galleries include arrows, abstract shapes, typography-only and Command Records. Check back soon as we’ll be adding covers regularly.
The Forgotten Beauty of Vinyl Album Cover Art
Long before the digital era and the design disciplines that emerged with it, there was a unique canvas, reaching a visual audience of millions; every designer dreamed...