Although we tend to focus on the latest and greatest in street art, photography and design I think sometimes it's good to take a look back at some of the people that laid the groundwork for amazing design. One of my personal favorites is Blue Note records in house designer Reid Davis. In 1956 the label hired Reid who gave them a look to go along with the cool jazz sounds they were known for. During his time at the label he created hundreds of album covers using stark black and white photos, a minimalist color pallet and for my money the best use of typography I've ever seen on an album sleeve. To this day I can always spot a Reid cover when digging through racks of used vinyl. You can see more of his album covers here.

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  • you've given me a new appreciation for album design. thanks for the post, kevin!
  • I have this cover blown up in my kitchen... so cool
  • Very cool. I had no idea the same guy designed all of these covers.
  • Very cool. Great post!
  • The sleeves designed for Jazz albums are just the Best! The typography looks like stylish and exciting music visualized. Reid good.

    The "in 'n out"one!
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