‘Tolley covers more than 180 examples, with nearly 500 photographs documented and indexed with the care and precision of an obsessive fan … I found myself whisked into an arcane world of craft’
– Eye Magazine
‘Documents in gorgeous, specially commissioned photography the lengths to which some now go to provide the ultimate collectable’
‘Stunning … gorgeous images … the book itself is an homage to the genre’
‘When Radiohead released In Rainbows in 2007, they made history by making the album available online for download through a “pay whatever you like” distribution model. It was totally digital—you couldn’t buy the album in brick and mortar stores. Later, they issued a special edition box set of the record that came with new artwork by longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood. Even though it cost upwards of $50, it sold well and is still considered highly collectible. According to graphic designer Stuart Tolley, this release marked the beginning of a new golden era in the packaging design of collector’s editions’
Collector’s Edition is an original and exciting visual survey which brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design created for special collector’s, limited or deluxe editions. From limited-edition magazines with multiple cover options to lavish vinyl box sets supplied with a wealth of extras, Collector’s Edition is the first publication to showcase the new wave of lovingly produced objects being created for the music, book and magazine industries.
Organised into four sections – Boxed, Multiples, Hand and Extras – it features a broad range of formats and genres. From a deluxe limited-edition box set of In Rainbows, Radiohead’s seventh studio album designed by their long-time creative collaborator Stanley Donwood to the ultra-rare and expensive publication The Vatican Secret Archives, hand-bound in the Vatican and produced in an edition of just 33 copies, author Stuart Tolley explores the rise of highly crafted items made using the latest production techniques.
This is a book that links the passion and connectivity between creators and collectors whilst highlighting the massive increase in vinyl record sales and independent publishing in recent years, even as we enter a ‘streaming era’. However, Collector’s Edition is resolutely not anti-digital and some of the most innovative examples in the book often combine analogue and digital technology to great effect.
From Haruki Murakami to Bjork, from Mario Testino to David Bowie and from Penguin Press to Chris Ofili, each example in Collector’s Edition has been specially photographed and is accompanied by a brief yet detailed project description, a reference system for the reader to identity the format, materials and finish used in the design, plus full credits for the client, record label, publisher and designer behind the work.
A series of interviews with leading creatives including Stanley Donwood, Irma Boom, Alec Soth, Dinos Chapman, Stefan Sagmeister and The Flaming Lips delve deeper into the creative processes behind the featured projects and give an insight into these artists and designers’ practices.
Collector’s Edition will be the essential reference for all professional designers who want to be inspired by the very best and most innovative work as well as music and design fans and collectors.
• A showcase of the creative possibilities print continues to offer in the digital age, and its unparalleled ability for producing a luxurious experience with authenticity.
• Includes over 480 specially commissioned photographs, creatively directed by Stuart Tolley in collaboration with Ivan Jones.