Cd Covers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Recorded music has come a long way in the last few decades, but in many ways music packaging has regressed. Those of us who were alive in the heyday of vinyl LPs (and who were avid music collectors) fondly recall the pleasure of getting a new record and exploring the artwork on the outside and inside of the cover. Album covers were seen as an incredibly important part of the package as a whole, and a great deal of attention and care was put into making them attractive.

Making CD Covers Look Great

Aside from their convenient size, CDs are actually inferior to vinyl LPs in many ways. Contrary to popular belief, their sound quality is not better. Contrary to what we were told when CDs first came out, they are not scratchproof. And the most obvious deficiency with CDs is the tiny space allotted to the album artwork.

Record labels still try to make CD covers look great, but with such a small canvas to work with it's hard to really do anything memorable. The cover of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," for instance, will never be matched by any CD cover--no matter how creative. That said, CDs are the dominant format at the moment, and record labels should do their best to make the covers as enjoyable as possible.

One nice thing about CD packaging design is that (unlike vinyl records) you can actually design the CD itself to match the CD cover. This creates a fluid consistency to the packaging that makes your design more memorable. In addition, it's also possible to use CD inserts that fold out into larger size posters, allowing you to include larger format artwork and designs.


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