Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Architecture & Morality

Author: Colin | Published: 4/5/09








Artist Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Title Architecture & Morality
Label Dindisc
Year 1981
Designer Peter Saville and Brett Wickens
Music Electronic popular music
Notes Here’s the second of the three classic OMD sleeves. The missing one is the group’s second release, Organisation, which though elegant, lacks the interest of the other designs. As with the other two, the die-cut sleeve encourages interaction by providing two variations depending on which way the inner sleeve is inserted. The sheer poise in the marriage of type, image and red bar is delightful. The typography is a central device here rather than something to be hidden away as on the group’s debut. The red bar that acts as visual RSJ looks very familiar…



  1. what’s with the colour? the original outer sleeve was light yellow-y and later light blue and light green was used.

    Comment by mark — August 5, 2009 @ 11:55 am
  2. The original release was a pale grey. I think that it may have been that colour in the UK and the yellow was international, but I’m not certain of that.

    Comment by me — August 5, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
  3. DIECUT… that’s genius

    Comment by waylan aka dwbl — January 27, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
  4. straight up Bauhaus

    Comment by waylan aka dwbl — January 27, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
  5. I bought this on import as soon as it came out. My sleeve was cream. I went to the official OMD website and this is the definitive word on the sleeve colorations: >>Originally released in a yellow sleeve, the album was subsequently released in pale blue sleeve and a pale grey sleeve.<< They are referring to the LP issues I believe since the initial CD release was a pale green color, as well. The modern CD remaster reverts to cream. The US edition was cream but the layout lacked the diecut and was horrifically revised to feature one of the inner sleeve photos blown up to fill the entire front cover. Gaaaahh! See here: http://www.versioncrazy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/sq-4240-usa-am.jpg for the damning evidence!

    Comment by Jim Donato — May 4, 2010 @ 9:42 pm
  6. Thanks for the clarification Jim and I agree – that is a horrible version!

    Comment by Colin — May 7, 2010 @ 12:03 pm
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