Small is Beautiful books/packaging

By Tk Published on .

CD Art: Innovative Packaging in CD Design, a new title from RotoVision, by Charlotte Rivers and designed by the U.K.'s Crush Design + Art Direction, (see Creativity, September 2003), makes us almost forget what a relatively big, beautiful canvas the bygone days of vinyl afforded designers. Great CD design is usually about foldouts, of course, of which there are endless amazing iterations here, so maybe the compact era isn't so bad design-wise after all. As Chris Thompson of Yacht Associates says in the book, "The size difference between LP and CD design is not a problem; a stamp can be as beautiful and eye-catching as a billboard." Or as Stefan Alt of Salt claims, "I don't think there is any other item or product that offers so many design possibilities as the CD." Seen here: Zachary James Larner for Bombshelter Design on a limited-edition Virgin Records project for alt rocker Joseph Arthur, who's also credited with the illustrations. The project was nominated for a Best Package Design Grammy in 2000.

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