Audiophiles and collectors alike argue that there’s nothing like holding and owning a real life, tangible vinyl record as the world continues to become more and more digital, and that the experience goes far beyond just the sound the record contains. Whether it’s the format’s large, beautiful album art, the story in the liner notes, or the satisfaction of finding a first pressing or limited run colored vinyl, the packaging can be every bit as important as the music itself.
With this, designer Rodrigo Maia has created an ongoing project titled “New Records, Old Covers”, which merges contemporary artists/albums with the nostalgic design aesthetic of old jazz album covers. What he achieves primarily through his intelligent use of typography and color is both a respectful tribute to the medium’s design history and a fun look into an alternative musical universe where doom metal and relaxing post rock live on the same visual plane.
From Rodrigo’s site:
Inspired by the work of designers like Alex Steinweiss, David Stone Martin and Reid Miles from Blue Note, I recreated these modern album covers using the the jazz era aesthetic. This is a continuous project and a homage.