It’s been just over a week since we shared our 2016 news and opened the doors to design a sleeve for this year’s show.
That leaves you with six weeks to send us artwork. Remember, anyone from anywhere has the opportunity to have their work exhibited in our show by submitting via our website. Maybe you’re not the creative type, but we bet you could point friends and family who are in our direction.
Talking of types, we’re very proud to be collaborating with global type foundry, Monotype, for a successive year. Those who attended our exhibition in 2015 might recall the 7 wonderful prints created by 7 fantastic designers, each inspired by one of our 7 campaign tracks, all in collaboration with Monotype - the sales of which greatly boosted the total raised for our good cause.
We’ve got even more typographic magic planned with Monotype this year. To start, Monotype is offering all record sleeve designers exclusive access to typefaces from their vast collection. For a limited time, you can download typefaces from Monotype’s extensive catalogue of fonts; from some of the world’s most iconic typefaces to those lesser-known. Click here to redeem access to that – and explore adding type to your 2016 designs.
In the exhibition last year The Counter Press provided some clever and tactile examples of how type can be added to a Secret 7” - without breaking the rules and using the name of the artist or track.
We’re delighted to announce that they will be hosting the second of our sleeve making workshops at Sonos Studio, in which you’ll learn the process of letterpress and use it to create a sleeve design using only wood and metal type. Click here to find out more and reserve your spot. This is an intimate workshop with just a handful of seats available!
To round off this designer update, we’ll soon be putting a number of our design packs into records stores and our new home, Sonos Studio. We’ll soon be letting you know exactly where you’ll be able to pick them up from. It’s not too late for suggestions, tweet us the name of your local record store if you’d like to see them take stock.