John Copeland (1935 – 2022) only worked for the World Record Club for 4 years, but produced some of their most memorable covers.
In 1957-58 John studied the London School of Printing. His teachers included Tom Eckersley Derek Birdsall, Donald Smith and Australian Keith Cunningham.
In 1958 he joined the World Record Club when he returned to Australia. He worked there until 1962 after which he taught for many years at the South Australian School of Art, and as a freelance designer – his set of stamp designs for Australia Post in 1973 is another fine example of his work.
Copeland’s designs often featured bold flat areas of colour and black outlining of shapes, and at other times beautiful and highly decorative use of delicate line patterns.
The Prokofieff album cover below Is I think at the same time a beautifully delicate and simple design, achieved while using the bold simple shapes of piano keys.