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Collector's Edition

Innovative Packaging and Graphics

Stuart Tolley

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Features the design and packaging of limited and deluxe editions, from the worlds of music, book publishing and magazines

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This global survey brings together over 170 examples of innovative and inspired packaging from the worlds of music, book publishing and magazines that have been released as a collector’s, limited or deluxe edition.

Organized into four sections – Boxed; Multiples; Hand; and Extras – each example is accompanied by a project description and vital reference information about the format, materials and finishes used in the design, and the client, record label, publisher and designer behind the work. A broad spectrum of formats and genres is included, ranging from editions of albums by international recording artists to ultra-rare and expensive publications.

Illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photography and including in-depth interviews with Stanley Donwood, Irma Boom, Alec Soth, Dinos Chapman, The Vinyl Factory, FUEL, Stefan Sagmeister and The Flaming Lips, Collector’s Edition is an essential resource for all graphic designers and packaging designers.

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'Stunning … the book itself is an homage to the genre'

'Documents in gorgeous, specially commissioned photography the lengths to which some now go to provide the ultimate collectable'

'Tolley covers more than 180 examples, with nearly 500 photographs documented and indexed with the care and precision of an obsessive fan … I found myself whisked into an arcane world of craft'
Eye Magazine

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 18 August 2014

ISBN: 9780500517574

About the Author

Stuart Tolley is an art director and author of Collector’s Edition. He has worked with Esquire, the Independent, Disappear Here and Sleazenation. In 2009 he founded Transmission, a creative agency that specialises in the art direction and implementation of visual culture books, magazines and editorial documents.

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