Autechre – JNSN CODE GL16/spl47

September 2017

Limited edition record sleeve design for charity label Touched Music, featuring two tracks by Autechre.

This one was a bit of a dream project for me, Autechre are probably my favourite group and, when Touched Music said they wanted to release two of their tracks on vinyl, I was completely bowled over to be asked to design the sleeve.

Autechre have cultivated a particular visual aesthetic over their 25 year plus career. All but a handful of their sleeves have been designed by The Designers Republic, so I had to come up with something that would fit into the established minimal, clean look of their back catalogue and yet stand on it’s own. The group wanted it made clear on the cover that these weren’t new tracks, they were also extremely keen on the artwork being “super minimal” (their words), basically just type on a black background.

After going through hundreds of fonts, I settled on Coma, which was designed by Stephen Payne, an old collegue. The simple yet unusual shapes of the font gave the sleeve personality and interest yet kept the minimal look Autechre were after. From the start of the design process I also considered using printing effects to add further interest, if the budget would allow. The final design uses spot UV gloss over a matt laminated rich black with black anti-static inners (instead of the usual white).

The record sold out within three days but the digital is still available on the Touched Music Bandcamp page.

 

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