With the revival of vinyl there has been an increased interest in the artwork and packaging that goes with the format. Berlin based PAN has been responsible for producing some amazing LP covers to go with their releases, their experimentation with graphic design perfectly complements the experimental electronic music made by their artists.
The label is run by musician Bill Kouligas and early releases featured artwork designed by himself and Kathryn Politis. The artwork explored the idea of layering and used screen printing onto PVC sleeves, found photography and geometrical shapes and patterns to create complex designs. The label’s releases were like limited art editions that pushed the boundaries of what a record cover was.
As the label grew the artwork evolved and they moved towards more traditional materials such as full colour card board sleeves. Other artists became involved; Louis Reith, photographers like Traianos Pakioufakis as well as getting input from the musicians who have an artistic background like Steven Warwick (Heatsick). This widening of the creative circle resulted in a definite change of visual style for the label, continuing to be ground breaking while still reflecting the music released. The subtle use spot varnish and different finishes works well with playful typography and use of photography, these records are joy to hold in your hands.