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Album Art & Packaging

What It Takes To Operate a Cassette-Based Record Label in 2015

Curious Possibilities: The Ins and Outs of Running a Tape Label in 2015 WHY ON EARTH WOULD I DO THIS? When I consider the decisions I’ve made in my life, I often think of that playful hypothetical question: “What would you do if you had X amount of dollars?” A few years ago, the online […]Read More »

Ditch the CD and go USB: Tips for DIY Physical/Digital Hybrid Releases

  Let’s face it, the game done changed: Nobody expects to pay for music anymore, and if you want people to buy your stuff, you better offer more. So unless you’re content with just your mom and Uncle Jimmy buying your new album, you better step it up. Offering up the same old CD as every […]Read More »

How to Get Quality Album Artwork on a DIY Budget

If you’re not a studied designer, the thought of commissioning an album cover may be a little overwhelming (especially considering how strongly we’ve emphasized its importance!). Nobody freak out, though. Simply by reading this, you’ve already shown some enterprising spirit – and that’s just the kind of moxie you’ll need to realize your cover art dreams. Resourcefulness and […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: 1960s Heidelberg Cylinder Letterpress

The printing press heralded the new age of modern life by introducing movable type. Johannes Gutenberg is credited with invention of the printing press and movable type in 1440 (although I hear that a press was also used in China around that time). That was the press that created the Gutenberg Bible and really changed […]Read More »

The Art of Vinyl Record Jackets: An Interview with Jennifer Freund, Founder of Dorado Music Packaging

In an age where cover art is often confined to a 600-pixel square, Dorado Music Packaging is quite literally coloring outside of the lines. Now in its 20th year of operation, the North Hollywood print and packaging shop manufactures album covers and other entertainment packaging materials that visually represent the hundreds of musicians, record labels […]Read More »

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