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February 3, 2014

Undercover: The Best Album Covers of 2014

With my active lifestyle, I don't have 11 months to kill until those slugabeds at Pitchfork sum up the years' best artwork.

Topics: Topics: Packaging, Professional Development, Random

December 28, 2013

Undercover: Shiny Happy New Year

New Year's Eve represents the ultimate triumph of marketing — its irresistible promise never delivers, but we keep coming back for more.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Random

November 26, 2013

Undercover: Physical (Format) Therapy

Pristine shrink-wrapped reissues or musty garage-sale fodder, the mental benefits of digging through record bins can't be overstated.

Topics: Topics: Design Reference, Packaging, Random

October 29, 2013

Undercover: Spotlight: Ben Tousley

Best known for his work with Grizzly Bear, Ben Tousley proves that the art of the album cover is alive and well—despite any rumors to the contrary.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Packaging, Professional Development, Profiles

October 1, 2013

Undercover: 4AD: Facing the Other Way

On the publication of Martin Aston's eagerly anticipated label history Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD, there's been a welcome rekindling of interest in the iconic independant label.

Topics: Topics: Color, Packaging, Pattern & Palette, Professional Development

September 3, 2013

Undercover: Perhaps breakfast should have waited longer...

Unassailable news sources, the Huffington Post and my wife Alex, both think Prince's new cover is brilliant.

Topics: Topics: Branding Identity, Packaging, Product Design, Professional Development

August 6, 2013

Undercover: Not beautiful, but true

Sufjan Stevens' recent, ahem, savaging of an album cover is a welcome addition to the sparse critical dialogue around sleeve design.

Topics: Topics: Layouts, Packaging, Type

June 25, 2013

Undercover: GOING G4EEN

On the 25th anniversary of R.

Topics: Topics: Color, Layouts, Packaging, Pattern & Palette