MAKING VINYL PACKAGING AWARDS

THANK YOU TO ALL
WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED!

The ‘Making Vinyl Packaging Awards’ recognizes the importance and critical role that physical packaging plays in selling music. The larger 12-in x 12-inch canvas no doubt is contributing to the vinyl format’s astounding comeback. In the age of MP3, downloads and digital streaming, recorded music experiences diminish substantially. There’s nothing like a well-designed LP cover or a graphics-rich gatefold for a sensory connection to the sounds emanating from the speakers or headphones.

To be considered for this packaging competition, you must submit electronically through this site. There is a fee for submitting, but sliding scale discounts for multiple entries coming from submitting entities (one entry $50, two to five entries $40 each, six to ten entries $30 each, and 11 or more $20 each). Global entries are welcome. All electronic submissions must be received by Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST). No exceptions.

Finalists will be notified by email and they will have two weeks to send two copies of each submission by Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 at 5 pm (EST) to the attention of Lilly Smith c/o AIGA, 233 Broadway, Suite 1740, New York, NY 10279.  No exceptions will be allowed.

Submissions may come from record labels, pressing plants, brokers, packagers, printers, mastering facilities, artists, and distributors with the caveat that they fit the packaging-focused categories.

Please be advised of what needs to be gathered prior to submitting awards entries:
  1. Entry Name
  2. Entry Artist
  3. High resolution images of the nominated package
  4. Description explaining why your submission fulfills the category’s prerequisites, while giving a shout-out to all entities (e.g., packaging firm, printer) and/or individuals (e.g., art director, designer, photographer, illustrator, if applicable) involved in the making of your entry.

 

For more info, see the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards FAQs or download our Packaging Awards Flyer.

For general questions, email Larry Jaffee at [email protected] or call +1 (917) 291-2488.

VINYL CATEGORIES

RECORD STORE
DAY – VINYL

  • Stay Gold Collectors Jewel Box – Run The Jewels
  • Feast of Panthers –
    Ensign Broderick
  • Boxer Live In Brussels –
    The National
  • Anywhere II – Anywhere
  • Exotica – Sun Ra

THEY SAID
IT COULDN’T BE DONE

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

SAVE
THE EARTH

Recognizes innovations in sustainability in that the package itself utilized environmentally sound (e.g., 100% recyclable paper, special links) materials and practices.

BEST VINYL BOX SET
(at least 3 records)

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

RECORD STORE
DAY – VINYL

Recognizes the best-designed album that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2018 or RSD Black Friday 2017.

THEY SAID
IT COULDN’T BE DONE

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

SAVE
THE EARTH

Recognizes innovations in sustainability in that the package itself utilized environmentally sound (e.g., 100% recyclable paper, special links) materials and practices.

BEST VINYL BOX SET
(at least 3 records)

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

THE ALEX STEINWEISS
AWARD (Best in Show)

Recognizing the best overall vinyl package, includes total presentation (cover design, front & back; printing; interior; extras such as booklet; label on record, etc.; entry can be a single LP or a boxed set).

BEST VINYL
GATEFOLD

Judging aesthetics of the spread’s multiple panels (2 or more), including inside graphic design, quality of photography and/or illustration.

BEST VINYL ALBUM
COVER (Illustrated)

Recognizing covers adorned by an original painting, illustration or graphic design either newly created or repurposed (i.e., vintage).

BEST VINYL ALBUM
COVER (Photograph)

Recognizing covers adorned by black & white or color photo; new or vintage that exemplifies visually the art form of photography but adapted for the 12-inch x 12-inch canvas.

BEST VINYL
ALBUM REISSUE

Recognizing stellar packaging of “classic” album that improves on the original, and record must have been re-released on vinyl within the past year by Aug, 31, 2018.

BEST 45-RPM
SINGLE COVER

Recognizing stellar 7-inch packaging that takes into the cover, the single’s inner label, coating of the outer package’s paper, etc.

BEST RECORD ART
(LP size)

Recognizing what’s on the actual vinyl itself, not package (e.g., colors, designs and/or patterns) and giving credit to the press technician responsible.

BEST VINYL
PICTURE DISC

Recognizing records that appear to have pictures, images, or graphics on their playing surface.

Recognizes the best-designed album that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2018 or RSD Black Friday 2017.

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

Recognizes innovations in sustainability in that the package itself utilized environmentally sound (e.g., 100% recyclable paper, special links) materials and practices.

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

Recognizing the best overall vinyl package, includes total presentation (cover design, front & back; printing; interior; extras such as booklet; label on record, etc.; entry can be a single LP or a boxed set).

Judging aesthetics of the spread’s multiple panels (2 or more), including inside graphic design, quality of photography and/or illustration.

Recognizing covers adorned by an original painting, illustration or graphic design either newly created or repurposed (i.e., vintage).

Recognizing covers adorned by black & white or color photo; new or vintage that exemplifies visually the art form of photography but adapted for the 12-inch x 12-inch canvas.

Recognizing stellar packaging of “classic” album that improves on the original, and record must have been re-released on vinyl within the past year by Aug, 31, 2018.

Recognizing stellar 7-inch packaging that takes into the cover, the single’s inner label, coating of the outer package’s paper, etc.

Recognizing what’s on the actual vinyl itself, not package (e.g., colors, designs and/or patterns) and giving credit to the press technician responsible.

Recognizing records that appear to have pictures, images, or graphics on their playing surface.

CD CATEGORIES

THEY SAID IT
COULDN’T BE DONE CD

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

BEST CD
BOX SET
(at least 3 CDs)

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.