An Ode to Record Covers

Before CDs and mp3s, the vinyl cover was a veritable 288-square inch canvas that offered a unique story-telling opportunity for artists and designers. Although losing their public prominence, many album covers remain iconic images that  conveyed a sense about the music and the era: from Andy Warhol’s design for the Velvet Underground to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to Peter Saville’s striking minimalist designs for Factory Records. Recently, Fast Company offered insight into the story behind the data visualization used on Saville’s design Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (above), arguably one of the most recognized covers of all time.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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