Sunday, October 18, 2009


Above is Barry Gordy's famous house of hits in the city of Detroit, Michigan. And as most know today, this is where Mr. Gordy, Smokey Robinson, the Funk Brothers and many other stars to be worked and recorded what Gordy dubbed "theSound of Young America." In acknowledgment, respect and love of the "Motown sound" and the company's 50th year anniversary, look for more posts covering their album cover designs, photography and the logotype design of the that now recognizable Motown M. For now, peep the charming ("it had to be done because it had to be done because the idea just presents itself as an obvious graphic design and packaging design solution) and classics filled Motown: The Complete No. 1's.

Packaging design: Cool. Art direction: Hugh Brown, Michele Horie. However, as a lover of design and music, it would have been great to have constructed something that was built like an actual replica of the Hitsville U.S.A. house, similar to a doll house, with opening windows and door (ala The Doors recent deluxe box set design). But I'm sure the budget for something of that sort just was not in the cards. But I'm just sayin'- would of been that much cooler- next level details. You know? We designers are dreamers baby... and we're always dreaming big!

More on Motown to come.

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