Best Art Vinyl 2012 Award Winners Announcement

THE TEMPER TRAP, KEANE AND MUSE WIN
THE BEST ART VINYL 2012 AWARDS FOR
ALBUM COVER DESIGN

Best Art Vinyl, 2012, winner,

Best Art Vinyl 2012 Winning Designs

 

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2013: The Temper Trap’s self-titled LP, Keane’s Strangeland  and The 2nd Law by Muse won the top three spots in this year’s “Best Art Vinyl 2012″ awards polling.  Gallerist/manufacturer Art Vinyl, together with Front Room at St Martin’s Lane, London (where an ongoing exhibition of the winning designs, along with those by the other nominees, continues through January 27th), made this announcement today after tallying more than 12,000 votes from fans of art, photography and graphic design relating to modern music culture.

The 2012 winners display a diverse mix of art and design, beginning with The Temper Trap’s strikingly beautiful photographic cover, designed by Alberto Seveso and the London-based Boat Studio. Strangeland also features a quietly beautiful photograph by Alex Lake, whilst the stunning design of The 2nd Law depicts a captivating full colour image of the connections in a human brain, courtesy of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA. According to Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps, “For eight years now, Art Vinyl have championed the diverse, the vibrant and the different creative styles that still exist in record cover art and design. This year we feel we have really achieved our aim and brought the public’s attention to some amazing sleeve designs, and, notably, some creative photography with this year’s winner.”

Now in its 8th year, this unique award is now an important date in the music industry calendar and compiles the global opinion on art and design for each year.  In January 2013, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2012 award will be featured in exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia as well as on www.artvinyl.com. All of the designs will be displayed in the unique Art Vinyl Play & Display Flip Frame which allow instant access to the music and inner sleeve designs.

Best Art Vinyl 2012 Top 10 Vote-getters:

1. The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
2. Keane – Strangeland
3. Muse – The 2nd Law
4. Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
5. White Lung – Sorry
6. Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood of Colour
7. Saint Etienne – Words and Music
8. Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
9. Jack White – Blunderbuss
10. The Hives – Lex Hives

Information on Top 3 Winners:

1st Place
Artist: The Temper Trap
Title: The Temper Trap
Record Label: Infectious Music
Designer: Photography and Artwork by Alberto Seveso, Design and Art Direction by Boat Studios
http://burdu976.com/
http://www.boat-studio.com/

2nd Place
Artist: Keane
Title: Strangeland
Record Label: Island
Designer: Photography by Alex Lake. Design and Art Direction by Tourist
http://alexlakephotography.com/
http://www.wearetourist.com/

3rd Place
Artist: Muse
Title: The 2nd Law
Record Label: Helium 3 (Warner Bros)
Designer: Neuro Images supplied courtesy of the Human Connectome Project, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA. Band Photography by Travis Shinn
http://www.loni.ucla.edu/

This year’s winners provide some insight regarding their award-winning designs:

– Comments from 1st Place-winning designer Davey Spens at Boat Studio regarding The Temper Trap:

“Boat Studio worked with The Temper Trap to create an identity for their self-titled second album. We wanted to give the platinum-selling Australian band something more than a smart album cover – a visual identity that could run throughout the album campaign, visuals you could remove their logo from and it would still be unmistakably theirs.

Boat Studio collaborated with Italian artist Alberto Seveso to create the identity. Working with acrylic ink in water, he photographed a suite of images in a bold primary palette to run across single and album artwork. The campaign was created in two locations, from Alberto’s studio in Sicily and ours in London, where we created moving visuals.

The launch campaign surrounding the album had a heavy digital focus, so as important as creating static visuals; we wanted to bring the artwork to life in film. Shooting the ink unfolding in water in high definition we created a series of moving images that were eventually employed in the iTunes LP as the first ever moving lyrics booklet, and also formed a simple, hypnotic video for a leaked taster song from the album – Rabbit Hole, which clocked up over 800k hits on YouTube. Boat Studio creative-directed the album launch, and handled the promo, single and album packaging formats for the band, from 7-inch picture disks and Deluxe Casebound Albums to the gorgeous triple gatefold, double coloured vinyl LP.”

– Comments from Arthur W. Toga at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA School of Medicine, regarding the imagery used on the cover of 3rd-Place winner The 2nd Law by Muse:

“The image is a rendering that depicts the connections in a human brain, the wiring diagram, if you will.  These images are made from data collected on a MRI machine and are part of a large project to map the connections in humans. I can only say that the distance between art and science is often very small indeed and that the beauty and wonder of the human brain and its inner workings inspires all of us that work to discover it.”

A quote from Andy Linehan, Curator of Popular Music at the British Library:

“I receive almost daily deliveries from record companies for our collection and recent years have seen a marked increase in the number of releases on vinyl by both major and independent record labels. In addition to the quality of sound, one of the major attractions of the vinyl LP is the sleeve art and it is great to see this being recognised and celebrated in this way.”

Best Art Vinyl 2012 Gallery Exhibition Information:

ART VINYL UK EXHIBITION

Front Room at St Martin’s Lane
45 St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2N 4HX
Tel: +44 (0)114 236 4355
Exhibition dates: 8th November 8, 2012 – January 27, 2013
http://www.stmartinslane.com/en-us/#/home

For information on St Martin’s Lane contact:
Kate Bell – kate.bell@purplepr.com + 44 (0) 207 434 7002
Eden Yates – eden@purplepr.com +44 (0) 207 434 7067

ART VINYL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS –

Mag Nation
155 King St
Newtown, Sydney
NSW 2042
Australia
Tel: 02 9516 0202

Exhibition dates: November 22nd 2012 – January 31st 2013
http://www.magnation.com

ONO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
Via Santa Margherita, 10
40123 Bologna, Italy
Tel: 0039 051 6569105

Exhibition dates: December 6, 2012 – January 28, 2013
http://www.onoarte.com/html/gallery.html

Marten Art Vinyl Gallery
Chalmersgatan 24
411 35 Gothenburg, Sweden

Exhibition dates: November 18, 2012 – January 15, 2013
Tel: 0046 3120 7200
http://www.artvinyl.se

For more information on the Best Art Vinyl competition, please visit:
http://www.bestartvinyl.com/

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