Nakamura Keith Haring Collection

Toshinori Kondo

  • Book Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Print Collateral Systems

CD music packaging for Toshinori Kondo, a trumpeter who specializes in avant-garde electric jazz music. Kondo has worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, John Zorn and DJ Krush. The CD was released in celebration of what would have been Keith Haring’s 50th birthday by the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection in Japan.

The primary challenge when designing this dual language music packaging was to give equal importance to the musician, artist and museum. We created a custom die-cut cover that only revealed Haring’s artwork in full when the package was opened and the booklet was removed. The vibrant color palette, pulled directly from Haring’s artwork, produces powerful moments in the package that mesh perfectly with the energetic blasts of horn fire from Kondo.