Designs above their station on National Album Day

Designs above their station on National Album Day

Designs above their station on National Album Day

Stylorouge creative director Rob O’Connor was asked by both Art Vinyl and Making Vinyl to be on the judging panels of their respective projects this year.
Art Vinyl, who host the foremost annual awards for sleeve design in the UK, were commissioned by the Entertainment Retailers Association and the BPI to curate and mount a travelling exhibition of album sleeve design from the past 70 years. Billed as The Best Art Vinyl of All Time, the exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the vinyl album and was launched on Monday 8th October on the concourse of Waterloo Railway Station. As one of the judging panel Rob was accompanied by National Album Day Coordinator Megan Page, Mercury Prize nominee Novelist and legendary singer-songwriter Billy Bragg for a commuter-time media call.
Meanwhile, in the USA, Making Vinyl is an annual conference, hosted this year in Detroit on October 1st and 2nd, with Steve Van Zandt following last year’s guest Jack White as keynote speaker. Design awards are an important part of the event, with this years finalists including album sleeve designs for Young Fathers, The National, The Decemberists and Kamasi Washington. Rob was one of at least a dozen judges who took part in the ‘secret ballot’-style selection process.

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