This is the first in a series of articles on deconstructing the elements of design. For each article, I’ll compare the cover designs of two old vinyl LP records. I get these things from my town’s recycling center, where they have been left by others and are free for the taking. If no one takes them, after a few weeks they are thrown out. Abandoned, forgotten relics, they sit in dusty bins at the edge of oblivion. I grab the ones that are particularly interesting, weird, beautiful, or historic. I study them to see what I can learn from them in terms of composition, typography, photography, and color. So basically, these articles are my notes. Hope you enjoy them.
To kick things off, I’m going to compare the covers of two classic Broadway musical soundtracks, West Side Story and Oklahoma! (That exclamation point)