- Vinyls are typically printed on 180gsm stock.
- They don't necessarily have to have the band or collection name on them. However, this does require some recognition prior to release, so I don't think it's appropriate for my project.
- A minimalistic approach to the layout and design tends to be better, in my opinion. The clearer the information is, the better it communicates.
- Sometimes the central circle of the vinyl is cut out to reveal part of the record itself. This part usually has the band name, single/album name & the record label. This could be an approach I take if I decide to design material for the centre of the record.
- Also, some examples we found (in particular 7") had a little indent on the edge of the stock to allow for easy access to the record.
- There are 4 sides, typically labelled A-D. For example A01 would be side A, track 1. D04 - Side D, track 4.
A minimal colour scheme worked the best, in my opinion. There is an example of a White Stripes record, part of the photographs, that has a 2 colour plus stock rule, but in the photographs themselves. The black border also frames the composition beautifully. Although I doubt that I will be taking photographs, the two-colour plus stock rule can still be adhered to. I will experiment with this and see how it translates on my work.