a ghost is born

album design

Design of Grammy award winning CD and LP. During the making of The Wilco Book, the band approached me to design their forthcoming album. The idea of the egg came to me shortly after the title for the album was decided. Among other reasons, I love the egg because it’s the perfect design object, I was happy to put it to good 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 me my first Grammy award (best package design).

Why an egg?


Copy here on egg


: a ghost is born
DATES: 2004
CREDITS: Peter Buchanan-Smith (design); Michael Schmelling (photography)