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04/16/2014: Kelis album cover

Austrailan graphic designer Leif Podhajský brings his distinctive album layout skills to Kelis’ latest, Food. Avoiding the obvious tropes, Podhajský opts for simplicity – a warm color palette and a strong, blocky typeface over a photograph of the singer. Check out more photos, including the vinyl and the albums accompanying singles here. Via It’s...

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Image of the Day, 8/13/2013: Album Cover Design

Jeff Kleinsmith, art director at Sub Pop, has kept the standards for design at the label high. This artwork, created by Sara Cwynar, for Washed Out’s Paracosm is the latest to evoke the mood of the music with design. Via Sub Pop and ADC Young Guns.

RDA Selects: Non-Format's “Dystopian Typographic Acrobatics”

For the next several weeks, we’ll be running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1, 2013. Black Devil Disco Club Circus album packaging by Non-Format (St. Paul, MN): Kjell Ekhorn, Jon Forss (creative directors/art directors/designers);...

Today's Obsession: Family Affair

Cool gift idea for your design nerd, number 7456: Alex Steinwess, Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art Edition from Taschen Books. From the press release: “In 1940, as Columbia Records’ young new art director, he pitched an idea: Why not replace the standard plain brown wrapper with an eye-catching illustration? The company took...

An Edited Interview: Vaughan Oliver, Album Designer

Vaughan Oliver cemented a name for himself in the world of graphic design by redefining album covers for the seminal British independent record label, 4AD. Similar to the Factory Records creative team of Tony Wilson and graphic designer Peter Saville, Oliver and 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell gave the label and musicians a distinct branding...