CD Packaging: 12 Brilliant Typographic Album Art
Here are 12 albums that use type (letters) as the album art. No glossy portraits, no bling-bling, just letters made into artwork. Brilliant!
What you get here is just the lyrics from the album presented in block paragraph form on the cover. There is also the very subtle ALICE COOPER across the top of the album via a light red hue shift. This is one of the few Alice Cooper covers that doesn’t feature the man himself. It’s also one of two albums he doesn’t even remember recording (because he’s too drunk)!
You gotta love the simplicity of the ASCII and Dayglo paper combo!
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky
Looks familiar? Yeah, I think they copied this from Alice Cooper. But then again, the texty concept is not so unusual anyway. Nevertheless, still looks more appealing compared to most album covers nowadays.
The text was written during their performance, brush sounds incorporated into the recordings.
Reissue of original vinyl release on CD retains the 12″ format with pouch for CDs. Basic design ethos is attractive in this hybrid approach.
XTC’s Go 2 is designed by Hipgnosis, the UK design group that brought us some of the most original and memorable covers for bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, etc. Hipgnosis’s trademark story like imagery is replaced by copy poking fun at the art form.
Here’s an abum with the same “anti-art” mockery as XTC’s Go 2. How profound, right?
Once Upon a Time in the West by Hard Fi
and here’s another one. Hard-Fi have been patting themselves on the back for “breaking the rules” for their 2007 Once Upon A Time in the West release….err, but everybody knows it’s not original. The Times have a better article regarding this found here.
Come to Daddy by Aphex Twin
The Designers Republic used a similar treatment in 1997 for the 2nd print of Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy. I don’t find this very impressive, though. It’s just too much that it makes my eyes roll.
The most creative typographic vinyl packaging I’ve seen. Go check out the other versions here.
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