More classical cds: Bernstein Century

Here is another series of classical cds. This time the typography is more dominant than the design approach seen in the Christian Thielemann series from the previous post.

What are your thoughts about this typography? Is the hierarchy clearer? Is the typeface appropriate? Are the rules framing the text necessary? And what about the overall design?

  1. First of all, I wasn’t aware of these recordings so it’s a huge thing for me! Heh, thanks a lot.

    About the design, nicely original, quiet. I like it. The third CD (Music of Our Time) will be with me ASAP.


    • Kristen
    • October 11th, 2010

    I like how these covers are very simple – in color and in type. The information is divided clearly by strong lines. It is clear that Copeland, Schubert and Music of our Time should be read first, and the information on the right last. It is interesting that most of the type is in caps, but I think it works. The hierarchy is definitely more clear then the last post of CD covers.

    • Thank you Kristen.

      How do people think this series would work with upper and lower case letters?

  2. I think the font is a slightly condensed version of “Gotham,” based on letterforms from the 20s-to-50s New York buildings, which fits with Bernstein’s locale and period. The style reminds me of the work of Paula Scher:

    • Gotham is a beautiful typeface. And I also like your rationale. Gotham was introduced by Hoefler in 2000. However there are CDs from this series that predate Gotham by several years. The crossbar on the E is much shorter than in Gotham, and the B has a much smaller bowl in the top of the letter than Gotham too. My first guess was Franklin Gothic, but it’s not that either. District from is the closest I can find.

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