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Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover

In Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Taschen takes a look at the works of Alex Steinweiss, prolific artist and father of the modern album cover.

In 1940, as Columbia Records’ young new art director, Steinweiss pitched an idea: Why not replace the standard plain brown wrapper with an eye-catching illustration? The company took a chance, and within months its record sales increased by over 800 per cent.

Over the next three decades, Steinweiss made thousands of original artworks for classical, jazz, and popular record covers for Columbia, Decca, London, and Everest; as well as logos, labels, advertising material, even his own typeface, the Steinweiss Scrawl.

Via Acquire.

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Love is Blue

Santo & Johnny album cover – Love is Blue, 1968.

Via Louxo’s Enjoyables.

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Las Arenas

Las Arenas, c.1932 by Jesep Renau-Montoro.

Via Modernizor.

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TELEFUNKEN brochure

TELEFUNKEN Bandrecorder dealer brochure, Holland, 1960.

Via Modernizor.

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Sestrieres

Poster by Gino Boccasile, 1955.

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Max Bill, 1945

Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer Max Bill giving a lesson in Zurich, 1945.

Via Bauhaus Movement.

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Erwin Pœll: N+M

One of a number of brilliant covers for N+M (Naturwissenschaft und Medizin) Magazine, designed by Erwin Pœll in the late 60’s.

Via things to look at.

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Fabio Ongarato Design: One of a Kind

Fabio Ongarato Design: One of a Kind

Positioned as ‘One of a Kind’, Orchard Piper’s Washington Street Development presents a new benchmark in luxury property.

Communicating bespoke, uncompromising quality, the sales and marketing campaign by Fabio Ongarato Design, featuring photography by Adrian Gaut, is a celebration of ‘The Makers’ – a team of international artisans and designers whose contribution to Washington Street is an authentic, architectural statement.

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Pye

Illustration by Archie Dickens for Pye Radio and Television, c.1950s.

Via Modernizor.

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Porsche 356-B manual

Porsche 356-B Manual, published in October 1959 for Model Year 1960.

Via Modernizor.

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