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CD and album design for Wilco’s “A ghost is born”

During the making of The Wilco Book, the band approached us to design their forthcoming album. The idea of the egg came to us shortly after the title for the album was decided. Among other reasons, we love the egg in general because it’s the perfect design object, so we were very happy to use it in this unexpected context. Other parts of the design, including panels of the cd, and eventually the 12 inch vinyl edition, all stemmed from the original concept of the egg as the iconic and defining image. The design for this album won us our first Grammy award (best package design).

Design: Peter Buchanan-Smith with Dan Nadel
Photography: Michael Schmelling