Friday, May 02, 2008

Fake Post-Punk Record Sleeves

record coverI've been having fun cooking up record sleeves for various post-punk bands, using photos I've taken recently. For fun, guess which artists these covers represent. The songs are all real, though I tried to pick ones that do not have existing record covers, likely because they were never released as singles. Mousing over the image will reveal the answer.

There was always something about the one foot square LP sleeve that appealed on a very basic level as an equitable platform for delivering graphical goodness. Often my decision about what record to buy was largely based on the sleeve design. There was a time (the eighties) where designers like Malcolm Garrett, Peter Saville, and 23 Envelope were distinctive enough that you could get a darned good idea of the music by looking at the sleeve.

The CD might have been an (eventual) boon to the sound of the music, but it largely killed off the appeal of their graphics. It's simply too small a canvas.

Have fun with the records that follow. Submit your requests and I'll see what I can do to mock them up. And if you're really adventurous you can ask me to design your group's next sleeve.

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If you want to see more of this sort of thing, check out the Flickr group Unknown Pleasures - post-punk aesthetic. Or maybe that's a different sort of thing.

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