Neil Fujita (1921-2010) was considered to be the godfather of Graphic Design famous for his book and album covers his innovative style and techniques revolutionising the album cover particularly for Columbia records.
"When I got to Columbia, there was the beginning of some idea of album cover art but it was still just type and maybe a photo of the artist and some shapes arranged in an interesting way. That was the first concept of album cover art. Actually the first examples of album art that I can remember were on children's records, because they might have included a painting or something else to illustrate the idea. But I think that I was the first to use painters, photographers and illustrators to do artwork on album covers." Neil Fuita