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Client

Sedimental Records


Quantity Produced

500


Production Cost

$1,500


Production Time

8 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5.125 in. × 5.125 in.


Page Count


Paper Stock

Outer Cover and Sleeves: French Paper, Construction Line, Nightshift Blue
Concertina: French Paper, Construction Line, Blacktop


Number of Colors

1 spot

Varnishes


Binding


Typography

 

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.

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Production Method

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Design

Artwork: Erik Carlson
Paper engineering, letterpress printing and assembly: Shelter Bookworks

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Printing

Shelter Bookworks

This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Armin

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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

August 26, 2009

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Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.

Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.

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