Music and Vinyl Packaging Design

I'm a music lover and child of the 80's. My first albums were on vinyl and I was obsessed with cover art, especially anything by Peter Saville. In college I regularly mocked up CD designs for assignments. I went to see a lot of live music and I offered my design services to anyone that would listen. 

Starting in 2005, I helped 'A Sunny Day in Glasgow' create cover art and layout their CD and vinyl releases. The Nitetime Rainbows packaging is the perfect harmony of images created by artist Jaakko Mattila and their music. The vinyl is clear and almost glows next to the dark vinyl sleeve. 

Autumn again vinyl LP by A Sunny Day in Glasgow. This design features cover art by Edvard Munch which is public domain. Get your fine art for free, people. The limited edition vinyl is maroon. The speech bubbles on the cover still make me smile.

It was an honor to be contacted by Mike Schulman of Slumberland Records to design volumes 5 and 6 of Searching for the Now compilations, featuring the label's favorite current pop songs. Mike gave me a lot of creative freedom to design collages for the cover. The swirled banana yellow vinyl compliments the neutral tones of the collages.

A music writer from Impose told me he pre-ordered these records without knowing the band (or that I designed them) because he liked the design so much! 

MV+EE vinyl 45 single for Sweetheart of the Nascar on Electric Temple Records. The cover art is by a family member of the band. I chose caramel brown color vinyl to go with the earthy art and it's so grooovy!!

This is Fiasco's first full release, Native Canadians, on Impose Records. I was still art director at Impose when this project fell on my plate. The band already had the cover illustration by Jack Shannon, but needed help with type and layout. I love how the art subversively bleeds off the vinyl labels–it was hard to convince the printer they were intentionally designed that way. The band loved it, too. 

The Mugs were a jamming Brooklyn pop band. I worked on several projects with them, but Paper Scissors Rock is my favorite. Back in the days of CDs, digipacks were an excellent platform for packaging because they gave more space to design. I covered the 3-panel spread with collages of Brooklyn's nature, pretty but a little dirty. There's a tiny photo of the band playing kickball on the cover which they did every 4th of July in Prospect Park. The town drawings were contributed by lead singer Jeremy Gough.