Classic LP Covers and Why They’re Still So Fresh Today

The 1st album cover, created by Alex SteinweissIn 1938, Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover. It’s almost unimaginable that there was a time when records didn’t have covers (up until that point, they were sold in relatively plain brown paper wrappers advertising the record companies. See photo at right). Steinweiss’s idea was a huge marketing success which exploded into a new and exciting world of art and design. Now artists could explore their creativity in more expressive ways in a new commercial market. During the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s Jim Flora, Ben Shahn, Rudolph de Harak, Reid Miles, Steinweiss, and even Andy Warhol were major contributors to album cover design. Read more…

6 key ingredients for creating good photos

janisWhat do you first notice when you see a CD cover? My guess is it’s the image, whether it’s an illustration or a photo. The images on your package can make or break the design and be the difference between getting noticed or being left on the shelf. In many cases, a great design starts with great photos. The images are what “drive” the design. If you plan to include photos of you or your band, you want those photos to look professional. Read more…

Design Matters: Amy E.

K-PraizeThis week we’ve interviewed Amy, a designer from our Design Studio. Amy’s design for Kingdom Certified was selected for the Design Studio’s Catalog Cover Search. Below, we have asked her a few questions about this particular design as well as a few general questions about what inspires her as an artist. Read more…

Fonts 101

Choosing fonts is a crucial element of designing a project. If you’ve never noticed, there are thousands of different fonts out there to choose from. Choosing a font can be quite intimidating! Here are a few bits of information to help you decide how to pick a certain font.

Styles of Typefaces.
Fonts are classified in a few basic ways: Serif, Sans Serif, Display, Dingbats and Script. Read more…

Design Matters: Jessica F.

Music In The Commons

This week we’ve interviewed Jessica, a designer from our Design Studio. Jessica’s design for Music in the Commons was selected as a finalist in the Design Studio’s Catalog Cover Search. Below, we have asked her a few questions about this particular design as well as a few general questions about what inspires her as an artist. Read more…

Design Matters: Gary W.

Marsupial

This week we’ve interviewed Gary, a designer from our Design Studio. Gary’s design for Marsupial was selected as a finalist in the Design Studio’s Catalog Cover Search. Below, we have asked him a few questions about this particular design as well as a few general questions about what inspires him as an artist. Read more…