DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies
DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies
DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies
DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies
DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies

DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies

Mark Batty Publisher, New York, New York, 2009

Description

In the early 1990s a renewed spirit of cooperation and do-it-yourself initiative took hold of the North American punk and hardcore scenes. This DIY approach didn’t stop at booking your own tours and self-releasing records; it involved putting together the very packaging for those records. Hand-gluing sleeves, silk-screening manila envelopes and raiding thrift stores for LP jackets that could be re-used became the norm.

From there it was only a matter of time before anything could be used as a record cover: aluminum foil, burlap, vintage wallpaper, cereal boxes, tar paper. Anything and everything was up for grabs, especially as economies of bartering became more and more adventurous. DIY Album Art: Paper Bags and Office Supplies documents the innovative handmade packaging developed by labels such as Gravity, Bloodlink, File 13, Arcade Kacha, Tree, Donut Friends, Repercussion and Vermin Scum.

Culled from the personal collection of author-designer J. Namdev Hardisty, the albums featured in DIY Album Art laid the groundwork for a look copied today by major labels.

Juror Notes

Great presentation of DIY album covers. The book’s design strikes just the right chord for the nature of the contents.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Mark Batty Publisher
Creative director
Christopher Salyers
Art director
Christopher Salyers
Designer
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Jacket designer
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Illustrator
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Photographer
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Production director
Christopher D. Salyers
Production coordinator
Christopher D. Salyers
Production artist
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Picture editor
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Author
J. Namdev Hardisty (The Midwest Visual Agency)
Editor
Buzz Poole
Publisher
Mark Batty Publisher
Trim size
10 x 8
Pages
144
Quantity printed
5,000
Typeface
All custom, by hand or scanned materials
Printer
Asia Pacific Offset, Inc.
Paper
Thai woodfree, 140 gsm, text; IKPP woodfree 165 gsm thai woodfree (endpaper); white and black foil blocking with onlays on 3 mm gray boards (case)
Binder
Asia Pacific Offset, Inc.
Binding method
Quarter-bound with spine under exposed gray boards with .25 in less the width of TPS, sewn in 16 pp, with separate ends, square backed; case flush on 3 edges.
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