We take for granted that almost all musical recordings are packaged with some sort of visual artwork. That wasn’t always the case. Back in 1938, art director and designer Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover—much more attractive than the previous brown wrappers. In a Dwell interview, he said “Just plain design didn’t mean a damn thing. You had to know the music.” Steinweiss recently passed but his legacy lives on. via The New York Times
Back in 2010, Royal Mail issued stamps celebrating iconic album covers. Ten made the cut, as seen on the souvenir cover sheet above. Norvic Philatelics breaks down the collection including special postmarks for the day of issue. via The Independent
Often times you encounter music visually at first. A seemingly simple photo by Jan T. Sott made me want to hear those pieces of transparent colored vinyl—the sublime and satisfying CMYK EP by James Blake. Nice!