Cover stories

From the Spiritualized CD pill pack and the Pet Shop Boys' Very and Very Relentless covers to the One Dot Zero DVDs, Beck's Guero CD/DVD pack and the Sex in the City shoebox box-set, we've seen some truly innovative sleeve and box designs over the years. It's one area of packaging design where designers really push the boundaries, often making the packaging as much of a must-have as the product inside.

So why is this? What sets CD and DVD packaging apart from, say, food or cosmetics packaging? As creative director at Big Active, Gerard Saint points out, "Most other packaging is disposable and acts as housing for something more essential or interesting that is contained inside. CD and DVD packaging is pretty unique in the sense that it is essentially part of the product and as such enjoys a healthy afterlife."

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The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Ecommerce Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Editor, Digital Art and 3D Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.