Definition of a DigipakDigipaks are a type of CD packaging made out of card stock or other heavy paper/cardboard material. Digipaks can flip open like a book, or it can have three parts, so that one portion of the packaging opens to the right and one to the left, with the CD in the centre.
Codes and Conventions of a Digipak
As a group we researched and looked at examples of digipaks. When looking at some of the example ( Ignacio Fernandez - Buscare) we discovered the typical codes and conventions of digipak which include:
- Front and back cover
- Back cover includes a track list with timings
- Artist and the album names are placed on the front cover
- Some may have a track list with the names of the composers underneath in small print.
- Also on the back cover there is the record company name and sometimes their label.
- At the bottom of the back cover there sometimes may be the artists website address.
- There is a bar code/Qr code
- Where the CD has been made.
- Panels - different parts to the panels and different colours sometimes.
- Sometimes there is a lyrics sheet you can pull out of part of the digipak.
- Sometimes it can be special edition or a collective and could include a DVD.
Advantages of a digipak rather than a standard Dual Case
- You can recycle the material used to make the digipak as it is cardboard not plastic
- A digipak is cheaper to produce, making the distribution cost cheaper.
- A digipak is a more up to date version of an LP which is basically a 12'' square cardboard, showing a resemblance to a digipak.
- They cannot crack like Dual cases can, however they could rip or eventually over time fall apart.
Digipak design layout
Four Panel Digipak
6 Panal Digipak