Little coloured squares
Now that the CDs are finally out of the boxes, it’s time to remember browsing CD spines and covers is far more fun and satisfying than Coverflow etc. iTunes, the iPod and everything has it’s place but you can’t beat the physical interaction with the music. Artwork isn’t just pretty, it adds another dimension to the music, something tactile. If you’re lucky you’ll get sleeve-notes with all manner of useless information.
Take these Kings of Convenience CD’s. I’d never noticed the colour coding motives than span across these releases. It’s a tiny, almost inconsequential addition to the design, but it does add a smile to the mind. Fantastic.