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Contact: Larry Jaffee, [email protected] 917-291-2488

Detroit – The best in vinyl records packaging was celebrated at the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel here on Oct. 1 (

Three of the 12 categories (Boxed Set, Reissue, and Gatefold) were won by art director/designer Torsten Posselt of German design firm FELD, while the Beggars Group’s 4AD and Rough Trade Records came away with two wins (Record Store Day and Illustrated Cover) and a runner-up (Best in Show), while Merge Records took home one win (45 single) and two runners-up awards (45 single and Photograph Cover).

Genres represented in the top prizes ran the gamut from heavy metal and rap to classical and alternative to Weird Al Yankovic, whose entire catalog was packaged in a facsimile accordion, his trademark instrument, to videogame soundtracks.

Smog Design of Los Angeles won the “Best in Show – Alex Steinweiss Award” for its exquisitely packaged 7-inch collection for The Decemberists. Sony Music’s U.S. and European offices each won categories (“They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” and Best CD Boxed Set, respectively). Los Angeles indie label Ninja Tunes won the Best Photograph LP Cover and the runner-up in Best Gatefold categories.

LA creative production company iam8bit won Best Picture Disc category and the runner-up prize for Vinyl Boxed Set, while London music packaging firm Key Production took the runners-up in both Best CD Boxed Set and LP Picture Disc categories. The alternative band The National (4AD) was recognized for two releases (Record Store Day and Best Photograph).

The 24 winners and runners-up were picked during a judging session in late August at AIGA, the prestigious design organization. A record 237 submissions – up from 124 in 2017 – were reviewed online by 24 award-winning art directors on both sides of the Atlantic.

The ceremony was hosted by renowned packaging legend Craig Braun (the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and Alice Cooper’s School’s Out) who’s been an actor for the past two decades. Crosley provided to the winners specially inscribed turntables for their prizes, while Coral Graphics printed certificates for both winners and runners-up.

The awards are part of Making Vinyl, the first B2B conference dedicated to the rebirth of the vinyl record industry, and produced by Colonial Manufacturing Cooperative, a buying collective among media manufacturers. A list of all the winners and runners-up follows. For more info about the awards:




best ‘Record Store Day’ – Vinyl release

  • Boxer Live In Brussels – The National – (WINNER) – 4AD/Beggars
  • Feast of Panthers – Ensign Broderick – (RUNNER-UP) ­– Six Shooter Records

Best 45–rpm Single PACKAGE

  • An Ambulance” – Mike Krol – (WINNER) – Merge
  • “What a Time to Be Alive” – Superchunk – (RUNNER-UP) ­– Merge

Best Vinyl Album Reissue PACKAGE

  • Eulogy for Evolution 2017 – Ólafur Arnalds – (WINNER) ­– Torsten Posselt/FELD
  • What Another Man Spills – Lambchop – (RUNNER-UP) – Merge

Best Vinyl Album Cover (Photograph)

  • Cocoa Sugar – Young Fathers – (WINNER) – Ninja Tune
  • Sleep Well Beast – The National – (RUNNER-UP) ­– 4AD/Beggars

Best Vinyl Album Cover (Illustrated)

  • Babelsberg – Gruff Rhys – (WINNER) – Rough Trade/Beggars
  • The Worm’s Heart – The Shins – (RUNNER-UP) – Sony Music US

Best Vinyl Box Set

  • 1 + 1 = X – Erased Tapes Records (Compilation) – (WINNER) – Torsten Posselt/FELD
  • Cuphead Soundtrack – Maddigan (RUNNER-UP) – iam8bit


  • Listen Without Prejudice – George Michael (WINNER) – Sony Music Intl.
  • Manchester North Of England: 1977–1993 – (RUNNER-UP) – Key Production

Best Record Art (LP size)

  • Double Trouble – Wax Mage (compilation) – (WINNER) – Gotta Groove Records
  • August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem(RUNNER-UP) – Concord Records

Best Vinyl Gatefold

  • Kaiho – Kauan – (WINNER) – Torsten Posselt/FELD
  • A Moment Apart – ODESZA – (RUNNER-UP) – Ninja Tune

Best Vinyl Picture Disc

  • 140 Vinyl (Soundtrack) – Schmid – (WINNER) – iam8bit
  • She Taught Me How To Fly – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – (RUNNER-UP) – Key Prod.

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done – Vinyl

  • Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic(WINNER) – Sony Music US
  • Portal (Soundtrack) – Apeture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory (runner-up) – Stoughton

The Alex Steinweiss Award (Best in Show)

  • I’ll Be Your Girl – The Decemberists – (Winner) – SMOG Design
  • Too Many Bad Habits – Johnny Nicholas – (RUNNER-UP) – Microforum Vinyl Record Pressing