February 18, 2012
Alexander “Alex” Steinweiss (March 24, 1917 – July 17, 2011) was a graphic design artist known for inventing album cover art. In 1939, Steinweiss was the first art director for Columbia Records, where he introduced a wider application of album covers and cover art. Steinweiss was active in record cover design from 1939 until 1973, when he semi-retired to devote himself to painting. By his own admission, he designed roughly 2500 covers.