I read a good Tweet from MagCulture recently bemoaning how often you hear/read the “They say print is dead but…” way of introducing interesting and exciting print projects. The same could be said of the commonplace discussion of record sleeve artwork in the context of the post-iPod vinyl revival. So let’s skirt round that well-trodden cultural turf and content ourselves with celebrating a German studio which seems to have utterly mastered the art.
Marc Schütz and Ole Schulte founded Frankfurt-based agency Schultzschultz in 2007 and their impressive portfolio includes books, posters, identities and the like. But it’s their work for the music industry that really caught my eye, thanks to the unbelievable amount of top-quality record sleeves they have produced.
They say the studio is focussed on “authenticity, materiality and quality of craftsmanship” and that certainly shines through, as does the strength of the pair’s ideas which are explained in illuminating contextual write-offs on the site. And people said the iPod would kill off… yadda yadda yadda.
- Otto Splotch combines the gross and absurd with beautifully detailed handiwork
- Designer Brando Corradini finds freedom in his personal work
- Kontrapunkt's type designers talks us through its design for Copenhagen's in-train displays
- Giovanni Hänninen documents the people of Tambacounda through 200 portraits
- Anything and everything is possible in Howie Kim’s digital fantasy worlds
- Larry Achiampong and David Blandy use video games to explore issues around race and class
- Facebook rebrands to distinguish the company from the app
- Kenny Brandenberger’s fluid typographic design is made with machine-like precision
- Noel Fielding on his Halloween-themed art show, Bake Off and Boosh
- Universal Sans is a customisable variable typeface system by Family Type
- Jack Kenyon photographs the wondrous spectacle of the Supreme Cat Show
- James Tupper embraces the ups and downs of being a freelancer in his charming animation