The 50 best record sleeves of 2012
There's been a lot of great record sleeve design this year, and Art Vinyl have collected together a shortlist of 50 of the best vinyl artworks in a new exhibition in London.
Art Vinyl are showing 50 of the best sleeve designs of the year, in an exhibition at The St Martins Lane Hotel. In a bit of an X Factor twist, the public are also able to vote for their favourite designs from the shortlist, with a winner announced in January next year.
The exhibition is on until January 13, with the overall winner being announced on January 10. Scroll down to see a selection of our favourite covers from the shortlist.
Clock Opera - Ways To Forget
Art director: Richard Robinson, Photographer: Mads Perch
Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
Design by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti
Young Magic - Melt
Design by Leif Podhajsky
White Lung - Sorry
Design by Justin Gradin
Saint Etienne - Words and Music
Map by Dorothy. Design by Paul Kelly
Peace - Delicious
Design by Sam Coldy Studio
Four Tet - Pink
Design by Jason Evans and Tazelaar Stevenson
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
Art Direction by Stephen Serrato with B+. Photography by B+ with Dan Kitchens. Graphic Design by Stephen Serrato
Grimes - Visions
Design by Mark Khair
Laurel Halo - Quarantine
Design by Optigram. Artwork by Makoto Aida
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
Design by Alison Fielding
Matthew Dear - Beams
Painting by Michael Cina
Ital - Hive Mind
Design by Sam Chirnside
The Antlers - Undersea
Design by Darby Ciccy
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LOVE the young magic cover. and matthew dear. album covers are in a good place.
The Grimes one seems an odd choice. It borrows pretty heavily from the design that Sacred Bones have been using for all their releases for years http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/releases/sbr077/
the clock opera one is amazing - i want the print of this on my wall!
Top record covers are consistently chosen based on people's favorite records, rather than the actual record covers. This looks like a list of Creative Review's favorite records of the year.
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