It seems that I begin each Wednesday by saying “I got a new book”… So I got this new book at the mall this weekend (right before I watched the kid running around the fountain). It was sitting on this table at “Urban Outfitters” next to a book decribing 1000 ways to kill a pigeon, and another book about how to dress “punk”. Anyway, the book is called “1000 Record Covers”. It is ecentially just that… With almost no text to bog it down. The lack of text allows the full color representations of record covers from 1961-1994 to grab hold of the page and engage the reader… The book begs to be flipped through.
As far as the art involved in album covers go… It is very apparent while looking at this book how much a marriage of fine art and graphic design this art form is. While some of these designs definitely favor one discipline or the other, this is one argument that they are truly one in the same when boiled down… It is strange how most people seem to love looking at the art on album covers, but it is seldom mentioned in music industry publications… I would love to see an album review say, “the music sucked but the album art is amazing. You should buy buy it.”
This is a design I did for On-Card. We sent it out this week… I named the little guy “Otto”… Oh yeah, I am not sure if I told you but the squared section on the right is a gift card… On-Card is the first and only USPS approved direct mail marketing piece with a gift card attached… That is sort of the company line anyway.
Oh yeah, 78 and I got power back yeaterday. The art of sleeping like a log was achieved last night… Our refrigerator smells a bit like “bleech fart” after it’s late night cleaning.