The Smashing Pumpkins “The Aeroplane Flies High”

The Smashing Pumpkins “The Aeroplane Flies High

Frank Olinsky, Brooklyn, New York, 1996


This is a boxed set of singles and previously unreleased tracks from “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” The five CD packages are reworked versions of individual CD singles that I designed over the course of about a year. Additional material was added along with a special booklet. This was originally conceived as a limited-edition gift for hard-core Smashing Pumpkins fans, a version of the 7-inch 45 rpm singles cases from the ’50s and ’60s , adapted for CDs. Going retro seems funny to me because most Pumpkins fans are too young to remember the original versions. A lot of work went into this package. It may look prefabricated, but it was totally custom designed and manufactured.

Collections: Sound Off: The Top 100 CDs, Music Videos and Print Collateral
Discipline: Package design
Format: Package, Album cover


Design firm
Frank Olinsky
Art directors
Billy Corgan, Frank Olinsky
Graphic designer
Frank Olinsky
Billy Corgan, John Craig
Paul Elledge, Yelena Yemchuk
TF Avian, Bank Gothic, Bell Gothic Bold, Cochin Italic, Constructivist, Gill Sans, Glorietta, Le Petit Trottin, Meta Condensed Bold, Platelet Heavy, Romeo Medium Condensed
70# Presidential III Litho, Chipboard, 90# Cordwain Cover, 60# Cougar Opaque Smooth, 100# LOE Gloss Text
Virgin Records America