The 50 best record sleeves of 2012

There’s been a lot of great record sleeve design this year, and Art Vinyl have collected together a shortlist of 50 of the best vinyl artworks in a new exhibition in London…

There’s been a lot of great record sleeve design this year, and Art Vinyl have collected together a shortlist of 50 of the best vinyl artworks in a new exhibition in London.

Art Vinyl are showing 50 of the best sleeve designs of the year, in an exhibition at The St Martins Lane Hotel. In a bit of an X Factor twist, the public are also able to vote for their favourite designs from the shortlist, with a winner announced in January next year.

The exhibition is on until January 13, with the overall winner being announced on January 10. Scroll down to see a selection of our favourite covers from the shortlist.

Clock Opera – Ways To Forget
Art director: Richard Robinson, Photographer: Mads Perch

Carter Tutti Void – Transverse
Design by Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti

Young Magic – Melt
Design by Leif Podhajsky

White Lung – Sorry
Design by Justin Gradin

Saint Etienne – Words and Music
Map by Dorothy. Design by Paul Kelly

Peace – Delicious
Design by Sam Coldy Studio

Four Tet – Pink
Design by Jason Evans and Tazelaar Stevenson

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Art Direction by Stephen Serrato with B+. Photography by B+ with Dan Kitchens. Graphic Design by Stephen Serrato

Grimes – Visions
Design by Mark Khair

Laurel Halo – Quarantine
Design by Optigram. Artwork by Makoto Aida

Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
Design by Alison Fielding

Matthew Dear – Beams
Painting by Michael Cina

Ital – Hive Mind
Design by Sam Chirnside

The Antlers – Undersea
Design by Darby Ciccy

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