Nilsson Schmilsson and Cooper Black

This one might be feature some biases.

Let’s get this out in the open right away:
01/ I love Harry Nilsson. On any given day he can fluctuate between numbers 1 and 5 for all time favourite artists.
02/ The Beach Boys consistently in the top 1-3 on my list of favourite artists and Pet Sounds is the only record i’d take on a desert island. This will make sense later if you’re not already piecing it together.

Cooper Black. Man, what a typeface. It’s the fun blackletter.

Let me explain. As a designer i always want an excuse to use blackletter. It’s just inherently awesome. There’s so much history and imbedded meaning packed in those letter forms. They’re dark and strong, stern and angry, austere and serious. In short, they mean business. When you use them on a project it instantly gets your point across. The problem is that it’s a little easy sometimes. Halloween poster, use blackletter. Deathmetal band logo, use blackletter [or get Christophe Szpajdel to make you one, seriously, the guy’s amazing].

I find that Cooper Black has that same amount of history and imbedded meaning. It evokes those feelings of mid 60s to mid 70s. It can read hippy but it is still very legible.

Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson record cover

I love the simplicity of the type on this cover. It’s just a picture of Harry in his robe with the album title in the upper left corner. The title of the album is amazing too, and i think that the playfulness of Cooper Black works to its advantage.

Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson Album Cover Type Detail

Probably another reason i love this cover is that it reminds me of that aforementioned Beach Boys cover for Pet Sounds . Cooper Black, stacked, in yellow and white.

Beach Boys Pet Sounds Cover Typography

The reverse side sees a duplication of the front type but the track info is all hand written. Literally hand written, not a handwritten style typeface. This is so good. Someone had to take the time to plan and write all this out. It’s beautiful and it works with the aesthetic of the packaging. The regularity of walking around in one’s housecoat on the front pairs perfectly with the use of someones own writing of a list (in this case track titles and performers rather than groceries) on the reverse, also a mundane task that most of us partake in every day.

Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson Album Reverse Type Detail Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson record reverse

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