Ink spill turns CD cover into an experience

February 3, 2010
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The CD cover for Ivan Palacky’s Pappeltalks album is meant to be as unique as the Czech musician’s instrument of choice: an amplified knitting machine. Pulling a zip strip to open the case and then tugging a thin string inside releases ink from a capsule embedded between the cover’s two paperboard layers (an absorbent top layer, and a bottom layer that’s bleed proof). The liquid spreads across the snowy white cover to create an inkblot design. A first-run of 60 packages-made entirely by hand-is being followed by a release of 40, which the design firm is revising in an effort to control the ink pattern and direct it to a final picture. (Package design: Hubero Kororo, www.huberokororo.com)

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