30 July 2010

Recoil - Selected

I ordered this a few months ago, I guess in March. I received it about 2-3 weeks ago. Guess what, it is still in the box, in the shrink wrap. Good thing I found some pictures of it here. Otherwise, I may never know what it looks like. Packaging was designed by Un.titled.

“Un.titled were approached by Alan Wilder in the Spring of 2009, tasked with designing a record sleeve for his latest LP ‘Selected’ a 25 year retrospective of his Recoil project. The initial brief was to design artwork for a standard single CD jewelcase and special edition two CD set, incorporating elements from his existing artwork but giving the album an identity all of its own. A year on and we had not only designed two CD editions but two special edition boxsets, an iPhone App, European tour posters and photography of his live set in Berlin.

We always intended the project to have a raw, grimy edge offset with a clean typographic language. To achieve this we conducted a number of photographic experiments bringing together projected imagery, physical typography and found objects. The imagery represents each track featured on the album, with elements that would be identifiable to avid Recoil fans and abstract enough to ensure that Selected was an entirely new entity. The dark and textural imagery we created became the perfect accompaniment to the brooding, occasionally unsettling nature of his music.

“It was satisfying to find people who knew Recoil well and who were not only flexible and confident enough to incorporate the visual ideas from all the existing albums, but also skillful enough from that to create something new, fresh and recognisable at the same time. Not an easy brief. The designers at un.titled managed to do just that. Their team worked tirelessly and yet sympathetically until all parties were happy.” Alan Wilder – Recoil”

I also still have the Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe Box Set sealed. Actually, I have not even removed it from the shipping box...which is inside an unopened shipping bag. Yeah, I said bag.

Looks kinda the same, but from different designers. Maybe someday, I will open them.

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