Typography in music record labels throughout the late twentieth century

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Design

Center labels in music records offer such limited real estate. Yet graphic designers throughout the late 20th century were creatively able to fit in large amounts of text such as artists, albums, and tracklists (colored in blue), production companies, branding, and legal (colored in green), and technical information (colored in red).

In this catalog, I picked label designs that are part of the largest six record companies of our times (also known as the ‘big six’). By coloring different types and placing them on top of one another, I hope to identify old/new ideas, movements, and trends in graphic design.

Cheryl Towler Weese
Print Advisor
Daniel Mellis
Daniel Fain
Label Images and Data