In 1938 Alex Steinweiss created the idea of custom artwork on album covers and went on to design the first covers with original designs. Prior to this album covers consisted of a cardboard slip which had the name of the album as well as a stamp on the front with the artists name.
The popularity of custom artwork came in the late 1940’s when major companies featured their own artwork on their albums. This is also when people were experimenting with more designs and steered away from the classic art that came with Alex Steinweiss’s album covers. Photography was quite quickly introduced to album covers with many including both artwork and photographs.
Although the tone of music began to change throughout the years with events such as the war album covers generally remained the same with photographs of the artist or artwork representing them. The bright colours and bold visuals also stayed the same throughout the 40’s and 50’s however the quality of the covers did improv