Joseph Low, Haydn Record Cover

Here’s another Haydn Society record designed and Illustrated by Joseph Low. As you can see the level of detail on his designs is amazing. Always love his plays with overprinting. Lots of texture. This is definitely my favorite of his record designs.

Other pieces of his work posted: Gods, Graves & Scholars book, Master Pieces of Music, Bach/ Finn Videro, Bach / Finn Videro 2, Bach, Buxtehiude and Haydn.

Design: Joseph Low  |  Year: 1951  |  Photos: Javier García

Joseph Low — Master Pieces of Music (Haydn Society)

This is one of my favorites from his covers for the Haydn Society. They are three volumes on an anthology with some of the Haydn artists including Finn Viderø, Aksel Schiøtz, Else Brems, Niels Brincker, etc.

The drawings are very ornamental yet geometric and again textured. A lot of fun details on this illustrations contrasted with some bright colors. Another wonderful two color design.

Design: Joseph Low  |  Year: 1953  |  Photos: Javier García

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Alvin Lustig Bach Vivaldi



Here’s another Haydn Society record from my all time favorite, Alvin Lustig. This cover is very simple yet very different from the others. The circles make it look very modern and minimal while at the same time it helps reiterate the two composers distinction by changing its color.

Hope you all enjoy this as much as I do and stay tuned for more…

Designer: Alvin Lustig   |   Year: ?   |   Photos: Javier García

Norman S. Ives Typographic Bach



I’ve been holding this one up for quite a bit as my blog was turning into an LP archive but after switching up a bit here it is:

For those who don’t know. Norman Ives was a graphic designer former student of Josef Albers at the Yale University where he also began teaching afterwards.

During the mid-to-late 1950s he worked with Herbert Matter on numerous design projects, including work for the New Haven Railroad, and Knoll International.

He is mostly known for his collages, wall reliefs and silkscreen prints.

This cover here features his love for letterforms. This was probably some of his earlier work since it was produced in 1955 and he received his MFA degree in 1952. In any case this is merely one of the coolest record covers I have.

The Paper is off white and the letters are overprinted in a cool gray color and white ink which looks very nice against the paper. The letters aren’t perfectly shaped. If you get close they appear to have been drawn by hand almost like paper cut out. The only straight lines are on the letter A and H. Lots of white space. A great modern typographic approach to a classical record.

About Norman S. Ives:
Bio on Francisfrost
AIGA Constructions and Reconstructions Exhibit
Bio on Ewardcella

Design: Norman S. Ives   |   Year: 1955   |   Photos: Javier García

Product Info:
Haydn Society Album Covers, 1955
Copyright 1955 by the Haydn Society, Inc.
Boston Massachusetts
Cover Design by Norman S. Ives

Joseph Low on the Haydn 4 of 6



Here’s another of his rich textured illustrations. The background adds a lot to the picture too.

About Joseph Low:
Joseph Low Article on New York Times
Joseph Low Wikipedia

Design: Joseph Low   |   Year: 1953   |   Photos: Javier García

Product Info:
Haydn Society Album Covers, 1953
Copyright 1953 by the Haydn Society, Inc.
Boston Massachusetts
Cover Design by Joseph Low

Alvin Lustig – Mozart Grid



So following up the Vivaldi cover, here’s to honor one of my all time favorite designer Alvin Lustig. I just love the grid, composition and colors used for this. It all seems to be a very good modern representation of classical music.

Design: Alvin Lustig   |   Year: 1952   |   Photos: Javier García

Product Info:
Haydn Society Album Covers, 1952
Copyright 1952 by the Haydn Society, Inc.
Boston Massachusetts
Cover Design by Alvin Lustig