Rolling hills

Nigel Rogers photograph Leaf Label in 2001.  Ekhornforss design Gorodisch.

You can’t really improve on an album sleeve for bringing the best out of a photograph. Something about the discipline imposed by the format’s size and shape demands attention. Take what might otherwise be an unremarkable shot of a gently rolling hill, stubble field and a large expanse of sky – the sort of view you find in places like Norfolk in the autumn. It just looks excellent reduced to mono, cropped to a 12″ cover and printed on the reverse of the card for that matt finish.  You do see the approach on quite a few sleeves but most miss the mark for me; this one really stood out in the racks. The minimalist photograph is by Nigel Rogers, and the sleeve design was by Ekhornforss for The Leaf Label in 2001.  Ekhornforss – a design duo – have done a number of well designed sleeves for vinyl in recent years, most of which I’ve never seen as they tend to be small run specialist vinyl releases which sell to hipper people than me. The “band” is Gorodisch.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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