Published Feb 27, 2009New York-based graphic design firm Sound Screen Design has just announced that they're working on a very interesting book project that will document the visual aspect of many notable seven-inch records from the past 20 years or so. The book is tentatively called Touchable Sound: Twenty Years of 7" Record Design and in keeping with the DIY mentality many of these seven-inches were born from, the team is asking for your help.
In a post on their website, they said, "For our research, we're trying to compile lists of people's suggestions of the best DIY seven-inches, in terms of design and packaging, as this is NOT about music or nostalgia. We're looking for lists of people's 20 (or more) best seven-inches from roughly 1986 through 2006. Records where either the packaging is handmade or you can see the hand of the creators in the work (even in something that wasn't handmade, but extra work was put into its creation - like, say, the Black Dice seven-inch/book on 31G). We're very interested in the role local communities and record collecting had on the design, and therefore are interested in hearing about stuff that would definitely be off our radar - examples of local records that never really got much distribution, tour version records, non-hardcore/punk/indie records (we do not want to limit ourselves by genre), foreign releases, etc. It doesn't have to be a super formal list, we just want to make sure that we've got all the really good stuff covered, and you all know more than we could possibly research on our own."
If you'd like to contribute to the survey, they ask that you send your list, complete with photos if you can, to [email protected].