Do you have a design or have you seen something that should be on Hard Format? If so, please email me at hardformat.org@gmail.com. Also, please don’t hesitate to suggest something that’s missing, propose a themed collection or suggest some way that Hard Format can be improved. You can leave a comment here, on one of the posts, email me or reply to a tweet.  You can also follow me on Twitter or friend me on Last.fm.

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All the best, Colin.


  1. hi- Don’t know WHERE to begin- as an artist who de3signs covers, books etc-and with a collection of thousands of 12″- a cover junkie for sure. I’d like much to submit to you my new cd, out on PARVOART in Germany (www.parvoart.org) for your, err, ‘curiosity’…speaking of curious, my museum, the MUSEE VACHE’ is on my MySpace page.AND, on the stephenspera.com are some cd designs and photos of everyone from the Fall to Sun Ra…(also a few in my Facebook…sigh) Thanks so much for your work! I wish I knew cheaper, more dependable webhosts for you. I use cheap ones, but…. All very best from the Universe of Manhattan S t e p h+1

    Comment by Colin Frazier — May 29, 2010 @ 2:00 am
  2. Hello Colin, glad you like the site!

    Comment by Colin — July 25, 2010 @ 11:41 pm
  3. Hi fellas

    Thought to mention that the Blockheads logo you show is, according to world famous Barnologists, Rebecca and Mike, a later adaption by other hands. The original, as can be seen somewhere deep in my blog, has no rule border, is white on a solid black square.

    David Wills

    Comment by david Wills — August 5, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
  4. Thanks for the correction David.

    Comment by Colin — August 5, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
  5. Hi,

    I emailed you a while ago seeing if you would be interested in featuring a release i was working on. I never got a reply. Can i assume that you aren’t interested?


    Comment by Stuart — August 13, 2010 @ 9:28 pm
  6. Hello Stuart, thanks for getting in touch. If memory serves, you emailed so say that you were producing a cassette, but you didn’t send any details or images. Please send at least one image and we’ll respond if we’re interested.

    Comment by Colin — August 14, 2010 @ 9:05 am
  7. hello! visuals in music are sooo important… May I suggest some of the designs of the french records label rotorelief (on rotorelief.com), I think there’s a general nice design. What do you think? I like Maurizio Bianchi one, Brume, Le Syndicat, Roxy Epoxy, well all of them! a kinf of simple minimalism but efficiency.

    Comment by iSa — November 20, 2010 @ 8:09 pm
  8. Hello iSa, thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check them out.

    Comment by Colin — November 22, 2010 @ 12:20 pm
  9. kind of homemade-handmade design

    Comment by art — November 23, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
  10. Very nice!

    Comment by Colin — November 24, 2010 @ 12:39 am
  11. Beautiful, thank you for inspiration.
    All the best

    Comment by Adam — March 21, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
  12. Hello,

    Congratulations for the beautiful and original website!

    I’d like to suggest a couple of works of a female thereminist called Dorit Chrysler, they’re both very interesting and particular, packaging was made in Austria by D + Wien
    music too it’s really interesting and fascinating as the charming player.
    Bye Claudy-o

    here’s a couple of links about the items, i can send you better scans and pics of them if you’re interested

    Comment by Claudy-o — March 25, 2011 @ 9:51 am
  13. Interesting, I’ve not seen such a combination before, thanks for the recommendation.

    Comment by Colin — April 2, 2011 @ 11:18 am
  14. Hi,
    this is Comunicom, a creative studio from Barcelona.

    Comunicom sums up a long experience on music design. We reinterpret, recreate, propose and innovate, being interested always for new forms and new languages, with the safety we have achieved along these years of experience.

    Comunicom works with designers, illustrators, photographers and editors and, as if it were a jam session, we find altogether the best way to keep our work in tune, create a good piece of art, make the audience enjoy and, of course, have a real good time while we are working.

    Comunicom is not only a creative studio. It’s a way of making and understanding communication, and also, a group of professionals, artists and specialists that have joined their energies and passion for music on a mutual project.

    We have a wide portfolio of works, mostly dedicated to jazz, which is our greatest passion:

    Jazz Covers by Comunicom
    On these pieces Comunicom has reinterpreted, using modern rules, the classic style of old jazz covers, where shadowy chromatic and typographic elegance established the standard for a generation and became a vital influence, not only to the jazz world, but to the entire graphic design community. Today, these classic covers still amaze us in their modernity and timelessness. Our work is not designed to simply replicate this tradition, or even to create a revolutionary proposal, but rather to evolve these original concepts with a respect to innovation.

    Hope you really enjoy our work.
    We could send every picture you need in case you’d like some of our works to be published on you site.

    All the best.

    Comment by Oriol — April 19, 2011 @ 4:53 pm
  15. Hello,

    Great site!

    May I suggest doing a post on the Galaxie 500 box set (designed by the band’s bassist Naomi Yang)? It’s rather beautiful. Also, maybe some more Julian House stuff (his work for Broadcast/Stereolab/Primal Scream, etc).

    Keep up the good work…


    Comment by Greg — May 10, 2011 @ 2:29 pm
  16. Hey, you’re probably familiar with them, but just in case you’re not, hometapes does some amazing work. hometapes.com
    Meanwhile I’ve sneakily made you aware of my existence…in any case, nice website. Found you through loveliescrushing.
    HYave a nice day! Phil

    Comment by Phil the Tremolo King — May 30, 2011 @ 12:04 am
  17. correction…it’s….


    Comment by Phil the Tremolo King — May 30, 2011 @ 12:06 am
  18. Thanks Phil, will check the site out.

    Comment by Colin — June 3, 2011 @ 9:34 pm
  19. hey,sir ron how about a thumbnail flick of pappo lucca,as a fantasy oracle for modern jazz,
    tight fitting tyedye colors and a funky sombero!
    Well entitle it “REACH”

    Comment by David Pineiro — February 21, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
  20. Hi there mates, its impressive paragraph concerning cultureand completely defined, keep it up all the time.

    Comment by kolagen graphite — September 27, 2015 @ 9:54 am


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