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Sonny Clark Blue Note record cover

Sonny Clark Blue Note Album Cover (above).

The other week I blogged about vintage jazz album covers and today I wanted to share a second round of favorites from this period. Many of these album covers were designed by Reid Miles for Blue Note Records. According to Wikipedia, “After working in New York in the early 1950s for John Hermansader and Esquire magazine, Miles was hired in his own right around 1955 by Francis Wolff of the jazz record label Blue Note to design album covers when the label began releasing their recordings on 12″ LPs. Miles designed several hundred covers, frequently incorporating the session photographs of Francis Wolff and, later, his own photographs, although many of his later designs dispensed entirely with photographs.” It’s pretty amazing he designed hundreds of these covers, what a great artist output! Hopefully one day I can get my hands on some of these classic covers. Get into it.

Gil Melle Patterns in Jazz Album Cover
Gil Melle Patterns in Jazz Album Cover (above).

Indestructible by Art Blakey. Cover design by Reid Miles

It's Time by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles
It’s Time by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles (above) – love this one typographically!

Joe Henderson. Cover design by Reid Miles
Joe Henderson. Cover design by Reid Miles (above).

Let Freedom Ring by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles
Let Freedom Ring by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles (above).

Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell Cover design by Reid Miles
Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell Cover design by Reid Miles (above).

The Magnificent Thad Jones Blue Note 1527 12" LP 1956
The Magnificent Thad Jones Blue Note 1527 12″ LP 1956 (above).

Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins and Frank Foster (1954)

Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins and Frank Foster (1954, above). This particular cover was done by Andy Warhol, he did a whole series of album overs which are pretty great.

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This weekend fab.com had something A-MAZING on sale, Arts & Architecture 1945-54 by David F. Travers. Arts & Architecture was a design publication active from 1929 to 1967 focusing on American design, architecture, and landscaping published and edited by John Entenza from 1940-1962 and David Travers from 1962-1967. It was the leader in bringing attention to American architecture and in particular California Modernism. The magazine was also known for their Case Study Houses and their design to build programs. I first came across the publication in the Pratt Library in Brooklyn. You know how libraries have all those archive copies of old magazines rebound in plain hard covers? I saw a few that said Arts & Architecture and decided to flip thought them. It was an amazing discovery. Not only does that magazine feature covers designed by artists such as Herbert Matter, John Follis, Ken Chapman and Michael Weinberger, but that archive copies have the most amazing period advertisements from each era. I took so many pictures of the ads and spreads so I could take the copies “home” with me.

In 2008, Taschen¬†reprinted and repackaged the iconic publication during a 10-year period, 1945-1954. You can own newly printed copies in beautiful packaging of every issue during that 10 year period, for $700. Now Fab had the set on sale for $450, but that was still too big a price to swallow for a newly-employed designer. I want this set sooooooo bad, but I wasn’t sure if the reprint features the ads, which for once I actually want. The ads, aside from the covers, are my favorite part! In this post I’ll feature images from the publication, and I’ll begin to share ads from the iconic magazine in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Vintage ad/illustration from the magazine. How great right?

I wanted dependability. Amen.

The entire boxed set, each year is divided into it’s own box with each issue inside.

The issues – how amazing are these covers?

So in love with these, wanted to buy them so I could scan and turn the covers into art.

Really love the golden yellow one (above).

Example of a Case Study House story.

Now these covers are from issues in the 1960s, but you see the aesthetic carried over from the 40s and 50s.

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This weekend while CHRISTmas shopping with a friend in Chelsea I stumbled across the work of Walter Erhard. Above is one of many fine examples of Erhard’s illustration work from the 1950’s and 60s. There doesn’t seem to be much information about him online, but according to designsponge, Erhard was also a textile designer. Seems only fitting, due to¬†Erhard’s beautiful use of color and his unique illustration style. This year instead of designing my own cards, I’m going to buy a bunch of these, and scan them! If any of you out in the digital world know any more about Erhard, let me know. I’d love to know more about him and see more of his illustration/textile work. Also – if you’d like a Holiday Card, send me your address and I’ll mail you one! It gives me such joy sending out a huge batch of Christmas cards for the holidays. And until your card arrives, enjoy more work from Walter Erhard.

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