Kraftwerk Autobahn Sleeve

Posted by Scott

Hard Format has some great shots of and original 12″ sleeve for Kraftwerk’s Autobahn (the brown tape just makes it that much better). This has to be one of my all-time favorite covers; I cut a picture of it out of Rolling Stone and had it on my fridge for years, but if I had this is would be framed in the middle of the room. What are some other great minimalist sleeves? Link them in the comments.

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Colin says:

September 21, 2010 at 7:32 am

I took these pictures for a post on my website, Hard Format published in June ’09. If you read the notes, you’ll see that my father applied the brown tape and finally gave me the album recently after my first listening to it on its release at the tender age of 8. The images were used for an interview with me on the Eye blog.

I’d be grateful if you would acknowledge the source of the images on your post.

PS Thanks for the mention of the site the other day in reference to the OMD sleeve.

PPS My copy’s framed and on the wall too!


Jay says:

September 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

Hey Scott,

I just have a question: you love simple and minimal designs, yet most of the work you do (which is great) is not, often the opposite. I would love to see some work of yours the follows in the footsteps of so much of the work you post.


chris says:

September 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Hey Scott, here my contribution to your great blog.

A – A vs. Monkey Kong. Love this monkey.

The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole. Classic.

Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV. More geometric, similar to Kraftwerk’s cover.

Marvin – Hang Over The Top. One of my all time favourites.

Secret Machines – Ten Silver drops. Come with a nice glance effect.

There would be many more to mention, but your time is too precious …

Rock on, cheers!


Steven says:

September 30, 2010 at 4:45 am

Love the sleeve but I would just like to make clear that instead of designing something overtly minimalist, they just used the road sign that commonly denotes ‘Autobahn’ or ‘highway’ in most parts of Europe.

So, yes, minimalist, but the minimalism of widespread, universally acknowledged symbols and signs, not the intentional minimalism of 70s graphic design design …

Still love the sleeve, though …