The last two posts were images composed of edge-to-edge type. Here’s another all-type design by Paula Scher, a 1977 album cover for The Yardbirds.
The large block of type on the front cover (above) is formally composed—justified and tightly set to match the square format of the cover. The list of songs, however, are not nearly so ordered with “I Ain’t Got You” wrapping and split in two. The structure of the songs on the front cover is conceptually dictated rather than visually composed. The songs appear within a list of events of 1968 and stand out because the value and color of the type gives them greater contrast and emphasis than the rest of the text.
This list of events (song names sans emphasis) is used again as a background on the back cover (below). The band’s history is written in diagonal columns over the events of 1968. The diagonals on back repeat the smaller diagonal chunks on the front containing “The Yardbirds Great Hits.”
Type ID: Century
Image source: Make it Bigger, Paula Scher, Princeton Architectural Press, p 46.
Note: The yellowing on the right edge of the front cover is an artifact of scanning and not part of the design.