I recently went through my parents’ vinyl record collection. Most of the records are from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Most of them are very colourful and dynamic with very different approaches to design used.
The cover of G.Gershwin and L.Bernstein is full of images of skyscrapers, a number of different kinds of buildings, illustrations of phones etc. It conveys the atmosphere of a busy city, full of traffic and noise. The illustrations are simple and divided into 4 rows with a colourful block containing text that stands out against the rest of the cover which is black and white.
The cover of Papa Dance group looks so dated, it is clear to see that the record was made in the 80’s. The look of the band members, the effects like beams of light from their hands and the shiny Papa Dance title gives it away.
Delibab Egyuttes cover is rather muted comparing to others. It is a close-up photo of a musical instrument with strings. I like the way the musician’s name sits on a string. The instrument carries signs of ware which shows that there is a history behind it.
The Felix Slovacek cover is my favourite. I find it quite unique. The band members are sitting in the audience on the cover and a person looking at it seems to be on stage being watched by the band. It is interesting and unusual as you would expect them to be playing on stage instead of sitting in the audience. I also like the colours of the illustration and the way all of the band members are looking straight ahead.
The cover in the photo above contain bold graphics, mixed shapes and colours.
The Novi Sing Chopin cover reminds me slightly of the famous Bob Dylan cover. His profile with the distinctive nose and the shape of his hair is so characteristic for Chopin. The lines making up his profile start with a treble staff that is making a connection with classical music.
The bright-coloured The Quare Fellas is rather vibrant, energetic, detailed and lively. All the different types of illustrations and fonts make up a very animated cover. All the element somehow merge into one, making the cover really dynamic and fun.
The Gawenda record contains children’s songs. The delicate image of a girl and the paper bird on her hair is very graceful, but manages to be stimulating for children as it is full of vibrant colours and the paper bird against the illustration of the girl ensures variations of methods used.