The best record sleeves of the year
Having released some of 2013’s biggest-selling records, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Daft Punk are now among artists in the running for the Best Art Vinyl 2013 prize.
Now in its ninth year, Art Vinyl puts record sleeve designs to a public vote in an effort to find the year’s best cover.
A 50-strong shortlist has been drawn up, with big-name pop stars alongside lesser-known groups such as FYRNASK, Ras G and Pissed Jeans. Designers on the shortlist include Big Active, Leif Podhajsky and YES.
Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps suggests that the award is ‘possibly the most credible end-of-year award, where the artistic merits of the completely unknown can sit alongside big names in music – albeit in celebration of their visual identity’.
You can see the full shortlist here:
!!! – Thr!!ler – Photography by Chase Jarvis. Design by James Burton Adult – The Way Things Fall – esign by Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus Atoms of Peace – Judge Jury and Executioner – Design by Stanley Donwood Babyshambles – Sequel to the Prequel – Artwork by Damien Hirst. Photography by Pennie Smith. Design by Paul Kennedy Bailterspace – Trinine – Design by John Foster at Bad People Good Things. Photography by Alister Parker and John Foster Balance and Composure – The Things We Think We’re Missing – Photograph by Dave Summers and Balance and Composure. Design by Nick Steinhardt Bibio – Silver Wilkinson – Photography and design by Stephen Wilkinson. Logo design by James Burton and Stephen Wilkinson Bo Ningen – Line the Wall – Design by Kohhei Matsuda Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest – Design by Boards of Canada Bonobo – The North Borders – Design by Leif Podhajsky Braids – Flourish Perish – Design by Marc Rimmer Claude Vonstroke – Urban Animal – Illustration by Matt Goldman with MFG. Layout by Maz Pfiester Daft Punk – Get Lucky – Concept and art direction: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem- Christo, Cedric Hervet, Paul Hahn and Warren Fu Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Repent Replenish Repeat – Design by Paul Jackson Drenge – Drenge – Photography by John Parnell. Layout by Matthew Cooper Dutch Uncles – Out of Touch in the Wild – Design by Mark ‘Eddy’ Edwards at DR.ME Editors – The Weight of your Love – Artwork by Charles Emerson Edwyn Collins – Understated – Illustrations, linocut and title typeface by Edwyn Collins. Back cover photograph by Hedi Slimane. Design by Rob Crane Elton John – The Diving Board – Art direction and design by Mat Maitland at Big Active. Creative director for Elton John – Tony King. Photography by Tim Barber Fainting by Numbers – Watching the Wheels/A Stone In The Ground – Design by Justus Kohncke Forest Swords – Engravings – Design by Matthew Barne FYRNASK – Eldir Nott – Design by Benjamin A Vierling, David D’Andrea and Christopher Duis Gabrielle Aplin – English Rain – Photography by Sophie Ebrard. Art direction and design by Alex Cowper and Andrew Bannister. Art direction and Commissioning by Naomi Gurdol Gold Panda – Trust – Design by Andy Gilmore. Layout by Michael Cina Goldfrapp – Tales of Us – Creative direction by Alison Goldfrapp and Mat Maitland. Design by Mat Maitland at Big Active. Photography by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City – Image from Stuart B Werge Indiana History Room, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Logo by Allie Mack Iron and Wine – Ghost on Ghost – Photography by Barbara Crane. Frame photographs by Jason Varney. Interior Photograph by Craig Kief. Art Direction and Design by The Head of State & Sam Beam Kitchens of Distinction – Folly – Design by Karl Harris Moondoggies – Adios I’m a Ghost – Design by Drew Christie Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth – Design by Leif Podhajsky Out Cold – Invasion of Love – Design by Thomas Caslin Paul McCartney – New – Logo and cover concept by Rebecca and Mike. Consultancy and design by YES. Cover image by Ben Ib. Phil France – The Swimmer – Design by Philip Kay Pissed Jeans – Honeys – Illustrations by Edward Kinsella III. Layout by Dusty Summers Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork – Design by Boneface Ras G – Back on the Planet – Artwork by Ras Terms. Design and layout by Stephen Serrato. Photography by Theo Jemison Sweet Baboo – Ships – Design by Casey Raymond The Flaming Lips – The Terror – Design and layout by George Salisbury Who Is Particle? The Handsome Family – Wilderness – Artwork by Rennie Sparks. Layout and design Rennie Sparks and Sheila Sachs The Leisure Society – Alone Aboard the Arc – Design by Owen Davey These New Puritans – Field of Reeds – Design by George Barnett and Matthew Cooper, assisted by Paul Street. Drawings by Jack Barnett. Band photography Willy Vanderperre Tindersticks – Across Six Leap Years – Design by Rob Duke Tunng – Turbines – Design by Vanessa Da Silva Van Dyke Parks – Songs Cycled – Illustration by Kenton Nelson Washed Out – Paracosm – Artwork by Sara Cwynar. Art direction by Ernest Greene. Photography by Shae DeTar. Design by Sasha Bar and Jeff Kleinsmith. White Lies – Big TV – Art Direction by Gerard Saint and Markus Karlsson. Painting by Michael Kagan Wild Combination – Pulses – Artwork and design by Poppy Beckwith Yo La Tengo – Fade – Design by Mark Ohe. Photography by Carlie Armstrong. Drawing Roscoe Finkel Zachary Cale – Blue Rider – Design and original sculpture by Ryan Johnson Zomby – With Love – Layout by Philip Laslett. Photography by Dany Evans
Voting on Art Vinyl 2014 begins today at www.bestartvinyl.com and also at Malmaison hotels in London, Oxford, Birmingham and Liverpool, which will host exhibitions of the shortlist.