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Woody at 100 CD Packaging


Production Method




Visual Dialogue

Art Director: Fritz Klaetke
Designers: Fritz Klaetke, Kimber Lynch



Tri-Plex Packaging

Yep, as you may have heard, Woody at 100 won the Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition package. Inside the 150-page book, photos, artwork, lyrics, and artifacts help give context to the 57 songs on three CDs and show the breadth of Woody’s creative output. Bonus at the bottom of the post: video clip of Visual Dialogue’s Fritz Klaetke accepting his Grammy after running down from the nosebleed section. 



Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Quantity Produced

11,000 first printing (second printing of same quantity in production)

Production Cost

Production Time

9 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

12 in. × 12 in. × 7/8 in.

Page Count

150 pages (plus cover and cd pocket pages)

Paper Stock

Cover: Rainbow Buckram 80 lb. / text over 2.5mm board / endpapers
Disc Pages: coated one side/ art card 350gsm
Text: matte art paper / 157gsm

Number of Colors

3 spot colors (PMS) on discs


Single-sided matte PP lamination on disc pages and endpapers


"Lay-flat" binding
Felt back
H/T bands


Trade Gothic

This piece is available for purchase for $69.99

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Project Description

Pretty much everyone knows Woody Guthrie and his iconic songs such as “This Land is Your Land.” But for this new boxed set, Folkways wanted to paint a more complete picture of Guthrie. We used a never-before-seen photo of Woody at life size on the 12" x 12" cover to represent the direct nature of his music. Inside the 150-page book, photos, artwork, lyrics, and artifacts help give context to the 57 songs on 3 CDs and show the breadth of Woody’s creative output.
To learn more about the project, listen to interview on:
The New York Times
Rolling Stone
The Atlantic

Production Lesson(s)

Of course it was a huge undertaking going through the all the archival materials—photos, Woody's artwork, original lyrics, letters, album covers, albums, metal masters, logbooks, notes, and other ephemera. And it took quite a while to create clipping paths for all those objects (which we hadn't budgeted). But in the end it was worth it to help bring the book to life.”

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Carla Torres

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

March 12, 2013


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