In 2007, Area C — the moniker for artist Erik Carlson — along with a range of collaborators took on a series of improvisational performances at the Cormack Planetarium in Providence, RI, an unusual setting for a music performance. From recordings of these events that Area C dubbed “The Planetarium Project” Sedimental records released this limited edition, double CD.
With artwork by Erik, Amy Borezo of Shelter Books created and printed a beautiful paper CD case that has a concertina fold that holds the two CDs together. Printed silver on a dark blue paper, the packaging does a great job in conveying the darkness of the planetarium and the brightness of the stars against the sky. Amy, explains further:
The double compact disc package reflects the “unexpected” setting of the musical events. The expandable paper concertina structure creates a memorable tactile, kinetic experience not previously seen in CD packaging. The concertina is a long piece of text weight paper which gets scored on the press and folded by hand. A heat-sensitive adhesive, (Bemis 3218 from Can-Do National Tape) is applied to the concertina. The heat sensitive adhesive comes in roll form and can be cut down to any size sheet. After the adhesive gets tacked into place, the printed outer covers are placed around the concertina and the whole package is run through a dry-mount press. My work in book structures, artist’s books and limited edition bookbinding greatly influenced the creation of this packaging.
I tested this process out on a smaller edition I worked on previously which got a great reaction from everyone who handled it. This particular structure worked well with the theme of the music and the artwork Erik provided. And I am currently working on a completely new structure for another release from Sedimental.
FPO (For Print Only), is a division of UnderConsideration, celebrating the reality that print is not dead by showcasing the most compelling printed projects.
FPO uses Fonts.com to render Siseriff and Avenir Next.
FPO is run with Six Apart’s MovableType
All comments, ideas and thoughts on FPO are property of their authors; reproduction without the author’s or FPO’s permission is strictly prohibited
Mailing list managed by MailChimp
UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Austin, TX. More…
blogs we publish
Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
events we organize
Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.
Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.