The Look of Jazz

Vox investigates Blue Note Records, one of the foremost jazz labels, and how graphic designer Reid Miles created typography-clad album covers that gave the genre a brand:

As a design student, thinking about why things are and how they come about occupies a sizable chunk of my mind, at this point even at a subconscious level. So it’s nice to come across a fairly ubiquitous thing in the world that I haven’t yet considered as designed. My music tastes have been leaning recently towards jazz, too, so this is kinda timely.

What struck me about Miles’ work was that it’s minimal, yet so expressive. It really emphasizes how great composition goes a long way.