Matchbooks and Record Labels for Your Graphic Design Inspiration

Attention to detail is an innate quality of a good designer. Graphic designers tend to notice the design details– also known as principles and elements–  like typography, color, balance and scale in all types of design, even matchbooks and record labels. Many graphic designers share their passion and appreciation for graphics through online collections, like the ones below. Enjoy for inspiration, and maybe get some ideas for yourself:

Center of Attention

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Center Of Attention is a Website dedicated to the artwork, graphics and logos of record center labels, set up by UK-based Web designer and ex-record collector Simon Foster.

“[While] record cover sleeve art has always received plenty of attention (and rightly so) I believe that center labels have been somewhat neglected, so I thought I would set up this simple and easy to use site so I could share some examples,” states Foster. “To keep the focus solely on the artwork I have purposely not included any information on the music, artists or date of publication as most of that should be self explanatory from the images.”

Scope out the site, which appears to be in its beginning stages, for inspiration in vintage typography, graphics and color application.

Visit Center of Attention here.

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Matchbook Registry

Matchbook RegistryGraphic designer Daniel Blackman has compiled his family’s collection of matchbooks in an online exhibit on The Matchbook Registry.

“Matchbooks are one of the first true forms of advertising. The richest to the poorest could afford this medium to get their name out in the world,” says Blackman. “With matches being used less and less everyday, I want to document as many as I can find. The idea is to celebrate matchbooks through their design, typography and mystery attached to each one.”

Browse multiple categories of businesses including restaurants, politicians and hotels, and register your own. Two of my favorites are below.

Visit The Matchbook Registry here.

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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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