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26 July 2011

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Scripts and hand-lettering are at the centre of music design

A lot of attention is paid to the design and typography of vintage record sleeves, and with artwork by illustrator-designers such as the late Alex Steinweiss (see Reputations in Eye 76 and NYT obituary) and David Stone Martin it is easy to see why.

But there is often just as much going on beneath the cover. The script logotypes on old record centre labels show that they, too, were fertile ground for music design, writes Alexander Ecob.

Here are some examples, courtesy of Simon Foster’s Center of Attention photoblog.


Above: ‘Elma’s delight’ by Sid Phillips and his Septet. Oriole Records (ca. 1953).


Above: Hamp and Getz, Verve Records (1961).


Above: ‘Come and see me baby’ / ‘Man makes a woman’, Barbara Acklin, Brunswick Records (1968).labels_69

Above: ‘Zeyno’, Cem Karaca & Apaşlar, Turkofon (1969).


Above: Le grands succes de Jacques Dutrone Jacques Dutrone (1970).

To see more label-graphics visit the Centre of Attention photoblog by Simon Foster, who kindly supplied the images for this post.

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