An Ode to Record Covers

Before CDs and mp3s, the vinyl cover was a veritable 288-square inch canvas that offered a unique story-telling opportunity for artists and designers. Although losing their public prominence, many album covers remain iconic images that  conveyed a sense about the music and the era: from Andy Warhol’s design for the Velvet Underground to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to Peter Saville’s striking minimalist designs for Factory Records. Recently, Fast Company offered insight into the story behind the data visualization used on Saville’s design Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (above), arguably one of the most recognized covers of all time.