Entertainment Design Wed: Check out the 54th Annual Grammy Award-Nominated Music Packages

To honor the 54th Annual Grammy Awards airing this Sunday, February 12, we tracked down photos from two of our favorite Grammy categories for Entertainment Design Wednesday. The Best Recording Package and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package categories represent the art directors and graphic designers who demonstrate the highest level of skill, creativity, innovation and attention to detail in the music packaging design industry.

Familiar with these unique Grammy Award categories is art director Kevin Reagan, a three-time Grammy Award winner and a Graphic Design Instructor at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Brand X is one of the courses that students earning their graphic design degree at FIDM study, taught by Reagan who has designed CD packaging design for dozens of musical artists including Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly Furtado, Deftones, Sonic Youth, and Dixie Chicks.

For inspiring examples of music packaging, designed by FIDM Graduates, browse our portfolio section here, and visit our main site at www.fidmdigitalarts.com.

For your visual inspiration, check out photos for Grammy Award-nominated albums for Best Recording Package and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, below:

Best Recording Package

Chickenfoot III
Todd Gallopo, art director (Chickenfoot)
[eOne Music]

Chickenfoot II CD packagingChickenfoot III music packaging designed by art director Todd Gallopo

Good Luck & True Love
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
[No Big Deal Records]

Reckless Kelly Good Luck & True Love album art by Backstage DesignsReckless Kelly CD packaging

Rivers And Homes
Jonathan Dagan, art director (J.Viewz)
[Jorjia Music]

J.Viewz Rivers and Homes album design by art director Jonathan DaganJ.Viewz Rivers and Homes album design by art director Jonathan Dagan

Scenes From The Suburbs
Caroline Robert, art director (Arcade Fire)
[Merge Records]

Arcade Fire Scenes from the Suburbs album cover art directed by Caroline RobertArcade Fire CD Packaging

Watch The Throne
Virgil Abloh & Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy’s creative director), art directors (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
[Def Jam]

Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Thrones album designed by Virgil Abloh and Riccardo Tisci

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

The King Of Limbs
Donald Twain & Zachariah Wildwood, art directors (Radiohead)
[ATO Records]

Radiohead Kings of Limbs packaging

The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story
Dave Bett & Michelle Holme,  art directors (Bruce Springsteen)
[Columbia Records]
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story album packaging

25th Anniversary Music Box
Matt Taylor & Ellen Wakayama, art directors (Danny Elfman & Tim Burton)

25th Anniversary Music Box packaging for Danny Elfman and Tim Burton

25 Years
James Spindler, art director (Sting)
[A&M Records/Cherrytree Records/UMe]

Sting 25 Years album packaging

Wingless Angels – Deluxe Edition
David Gorman, art director (Wingless Angels)
[Mindless Records, LLC]

Wingless Angels - Deluxe Edition David Gorman, art director

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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