About

Typophonic is a collection of typographically driven 12-inch record covers from the 1950s through the 1980s. Some of the sleeves are type-only and some use type as a key element of the design. They’re all unique and speak to what was special about this area of design that has often been the most dynamic and experimental outlet for graphic designers.

 

Album covers are a great window into the visual spirit of an era or subculture, and the type they use can be the most expressive part of the artwork.

 

Typophonic is meant as an inspiration for designers who create and push typography or just obsess about it’s form and layout. And all designers are concerned with type’s connotations and emotive power. But the site is not only for designers of course, but also for music lovers who appreciate the role the music’s package played in the presentation of a musician’s work or the representation of the music’s personality.

 

Typophonic was started in mid-2012. A big chunk of the images are from the collection of Shawn Hazen but there’s so much potential material, he’s opened it up to anything he can get a decent image of. So feel free to suggest something if you know of a gem out there. As the collection here grows, the covers will be categorized according to the following unscientific and ever-growing list of terms:

 

50s
60s
70s Style
80s Style
Band Logo

Big Type
Condensed
Dimensional
Fancy Production
Funky

Geometric
Illustrated
Odd
Photographic
Psychedelic

Script/Fancy
Thin
Type Only
Understated

Record Company Logos


 

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