Low – Gods, Graves & Scholars


Another design by Joseph Low. I couldn’t skip this one again. The photo does not do it justice. Like the Haydn Society records I have, this book is best viewed in person. The quality of the printing, the mix of overprinting colors, etc. made this 3 color book scream to me from the shelve.

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

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



Mobile Design



Here’s a wonderful cover for the book called “Mobile Design” by Johh Lynch. Only the cover was designed by George Giusti. Despite how fun this book is inside, the colors of the cover just dragged my attention towards it. Couldn’t skip this one.

At first I thought the book was dirty but then I realized the background is a brick wall. Despite the Mobile shapes already being cool I love how they are placed in the composition, not to mention the awesome colors. The image in the middle is the image stamped on the book cloth.

Brief info:
George Giusti (1908-1990) was a Milan designer who emigrated to the U.S. in 1939. He had an association with Geigy Pharmaceuticals for twelve years and he designed several books, record covers and magazines.


Design: George Giusti  |  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