History of Album Artwork.1938 – Columbia records hire Alex Steinweiss as its first art director. He is credited with theinvention of the album cover.1939 – Alex Steinwess comes up with the idea of replacing standard labels on album coverswith original artwork. This leads to some of the worlds most talented graphic designersgaining some well earned exposure. After his initial efforts at Columbia records, otherrecord companies realise the potential that can be had, and follow his lead.1940 – By the late 1940’s record albums for al major companies have followed Steinweisse’slead. It feature their own unique colourful paper covers in both 10 and 12 inch sizes. Theyalso either involve reproductions of classic art or utilized original designs.1950-1980’s – 12” LP records and the 45rpm record are major formats for distribution ofpopular music. The size of the typical cardboard LP sleeve cover is 12.375 inches square.1990’s – The CD becomes the most common form of physically distributed music products.Formats on packaging material vary from plastic jewel cases to popular cardboard & plasticcombinations commonly known as a Digipak. The size of these components is typically 4.75inches square.2000’s + - The introduction of the IPod and digital download, means that CD sales take a hit.That doesn’t mean to say that album artwork does too though. They are simply shown onthe digital download sale.
Famous and Inspirational Album Covers:An album cover needs to be eye catching to its audience. The image would need to have asignificance to the band/artist and/or songs that is on the album. Most tend to feature theband/artist itself in iconic poses or there are controversial images which will attract massiveattention; The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Nirvana – Nevermind
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III Michael Jackson – ThrillerRolling Stones – Exile On Main St.